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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for Massachusetts on
Q: so i work for loss pervention and i filed a police report on a shoplifter which is going to court

i got the name of the subject from other workers that claim they dealt with them in the pass the detective thinks they look similar comparing the photo i gave and the one already on file with the police when this goes to court what happens if it isn’t the same person? will i go to jail? for... Read more »

William Barabino
William Barabino answered on Feb 10, 2020

Dear Questioner,

Thank you for your question.

Based on what you have mentioned it seems like your concern is that you may have misidentified the potential shoplifter. Misidentification is a process in which someone in good faith believes that they have identified the right...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Massachusetts on
Q: Can a police department ask me to take a polygraph without my consent with atleast a valid accusation or any other reaso
William Barabino
William Barabino answered on Feb 10, 2020

Dear Questioner,

Thank you for your question.

Anytime the police ask you a question you are not under any obligation to answer it. This includes during a 'polygraph' or lie detector test. However, police can always ask you a question if you are not in custody. They can certainly...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Domestic Violence and Libel & Slander for Massachusetts on
Q: Lots of resources for physical abuse, but what options do I have for psychological / legal abuse, slander & harassment?

Physical abuse victims have many resources, but what about those being harassed, slandered, stalked & tormented by a malicious sociopath? Sociopaths strategically execute their schemes covertly, staying “under the radar” which keeps them just inside the law so they avoid exposure & criminal... Read more »

William Barabino
William Barabino answered on Feb 7, 2020

Dear Questioner,

Thank you for your question.

Without knowing more specifics about your situation, I cannot give you direct legal guidance, but I would say that one option that may be available to you in Massachusetts is obtaining a Chapter 258A or Harassment Prevention order....
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