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Seven People Arrested And Charged With Crimes On A Typical Monday In Malden

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.