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Massachusetts Criminal Law Sourcebook & Citator 2020

The law you need in one source

  • Product Number: 2200161B30
  • Publication Date: 10/2/2019
  • Edition: 2020 Edition
  • Copyright: © 2019 MCLE, Inc.
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    A wide body of frequently-needed information organized into one resource. Both prosecutors and defense attorneys will find this popular publication saves valuable time when preparing for a trial or when looking for a quick reference. Enjoy easy access to key elements of particular crimes; what the Commonwealth needs to prove to support its case; distinctions between related crimes; the lesser included offense in a given crime; available defenses; procedural requirements; key evidentiary issues; penalties for particular crimes; and sentencing options.

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    • Update: October 2019

      Dear Subscriber:

      Thank you for subscribing to annual updates to the Massachusetts Criminal Law Sourcebook & Citator. This 2020 revised edition brings together statutes, rules, commentary, and annotations for your fast and efficient reference. The following are just some of the many updates in the new edition:

      • Part 1, "Selected Statutes," and Part 2, "Crimes, Punishments, and Proceedings in Criminal Cases," contain statutory revisions addressing significant changes to the Commonwealths criminal laws since the last edition.
      • Part 3, "Massachusetts Rules of Criminal Procedure," includes the section added to Rule 12 effective September 1, 2019 allowing a defendant to tender a plea of guilty or admit to sufficient facts while reserving the right to appeal any ruling that would make the Commonwealths case not viable.
      • Part 6, "Massachusetts Rules of Appellate Procedure," features the new rules that went into effect on March 1, 2019.
      • Part 11, "Alphabetical References to Evidence," includes new entries on common law offenses, the defendant's death, fines and fees, self-defense, and the duty to retreat.
      • Notes on new cases decided by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and Appeals Court since the last edition are included throughout.

      We at MCLE trust that you will find this new material useful in your practice and in your criminal law library.


      Alexis J. LeBlanc, Esq., MCLE Publications Attorney

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    Selected Statutes

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    Crimes, Punishments, and Proceedings in Criminal Cases

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    Massachusetts Rules of Criminal Procedure

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    Rules of the Superior Court

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    District/Municipal Court Rules of Criminal Procedure

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    Massachusetts Rules of Appellate Procedure

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    District/Municipal Courts Rules for Probation Violation Proceedings

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    Issues in Probation and Probation Revocation Hearings

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    Elements and Penalties of Selected Crimes

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    Schedule of Assessments for Civil Motor Vehicle Infractions

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    Alphabetical References to Evidence

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  • Editors & Authors


    Tim E. Maguire, Esq., Supreme Judicial Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Boston
    Helle Sachse, Esq., Office of the Attorney General, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Boston