The Malden Observer, through Wicked Local Malden reported that on Monday, October 20, 2008 seven people were arrested and charged with having committed crimes. Omitting the names of the defendants, the following was reported:
Case # 1.
A thirty year old Dorchester woman was arrested at 12:26 p.m. on
Summer Street and charged with shoplifting by asportation. This charge
is codified in Massachusetts by G.L. c. 266 sec. 30A which states in
part that anyone who intentionally takes any merchandise from a store
without intending to pay for it and with the intent to deprive the
merchant of that item shall be punished. For a first offense, if the
item is less than $100 the penalty is a maximum $250 fine. For second
offenses the punishment is up to $500 and for a third offense you can
be punished for up to 2 years in jail. If the value of the goods is
$100 or greater there is a potential 2 1/2 year jail sentence.
Case # 2.
A thirty nine year old Malden man was arrested at 1:09 p.m. on Brentwood Street and charged with possession of an illegal knife. This offense is established by a Malden City Ordinance Section 7.18 which states that no person shall carry on his person or in his vehicle a knife having a blade in excess of 2 1/2 inches in length. If convicted the defendant in this case faces a fine of up to $50.
Case # 3.
A thirty eight year old Everett man was arrested at 1:09 p.m. on Brentwood Street and charged with use of motor vehicle without authority and possession of an illegal knife. The use without authority charge is established by G.L. c. 90 sec. 24. To be convicted of this offense the prosecution must prove that the person used a motor vehicle, without the authority do so, knowing that such use was unauthorized. The use without authority statute reads "whoever uses a motor vehicle without authority knowing that such use is unauthorized shall, for the first offense be punished by a fine of not less than fifty dollars nor more than five hundred dollars or by imprisonment for not less than thirty days nor more than two years, or both, and for a second offense by imprisonment in the state prison for not more than five years or in a house of correction for not less than thirty days nor more than two and one half years, or by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars, or by both such fine and imprisonment; and whoever is found guilty of a third or subsequent offense of such use without authority committed within five years of the earliest of his two most recent prior offenses shall be punished by a fine of not less than two hundred dollars nor more than one thousand dollars or by imprisonment for not less than six months nor more than two and one half years in a house of correction or for not less than two and one half years nor more than five years in the state prison or by both fine and imprisonment."
Case # 4.
A sixty eight year old Salem man was arrested at 1:38 p.m. on Broadway and charged with assault and battery, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and leaving the scene of personal injury. Assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon in Massachusetts is a crime in accordance with G.L. c. 265 sec. 15A. It is punishable by a state prison sentence of 10 years. The leaving the scene charge is a violation of G.L. c. 90 sec. 24 and permits a 2 year jail sentence after conviction.
Case # 5.
A twenty year old Saugus man was arrested at 4:04 p.m. on Centre Street and charged with shoplifting by asportation and possession of a Class C drug. Possession of a class C drug is a violation of G.L. 94C sec. 34 and carries a possible one year jail sentence.
Case # 6.
A twenty six year old Malden man was arrested at 4:30 p.m. on Judson Street and charged with assault and battery. Assault and battery is an offense pursuant to G.L. c. 13A. It carries a possible 2 1/2 year house of correction sentence.
Case # 7.
A forty five year old Malden man was arrested at 4:32 p.m. on Eastern Avenue and charged with operating under the influence of liquor, third offense. OUI 3rd offense in Massachusetts is punishable by a minimum mandatory 150 day sentence. An 8 year loss of license is also imposed upon conviction. A hardship license in not available for at least 2 years.
If you have been charged with any of the offense listed above you should contact an experienced Malden Criminal Defense Lawyer. Our office has successfully represented people charged with all of these offenses for over 20 years.