Felony Laws & Charges

Were you busted for Felony in Massachusetts in and around Boston, Quincy, Worcester, Springfield or Cambridge? What are the felony laws in Massachusetts?

According to Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 274: Section 1, a felony in this state is one that is punishable by death or imprisonment in the state prison. If the crime can be punished by a year or more in state prison, it also is defined as a felony.

The punishment for a felony in this state depends not only upon the severity of the crime, but in which jurisdiction it was committed. Note that having a prior conviction of any sort can cause a sentence for a felony to be escalated. Some of the punishments for a felony committed in Massachusetts include:

  • Incarceration
  • Fines
  • Loss of the right to vote
  • Exclusion from some types of job
  • Loss of right to own a firearm
  • Probation

The felonies in the state of Massachusetts include:

  • Murder/Manslaughter: The felony-murder doctrine states that if a homicide happens in the commission of a felony, then the homicide is some form of murder. You can be charged with the felony of murder if you kill someone intentionally or unintentionally.
  • Rape: This is the forced, manipulated or coerced sexual contact by a stranger, friend or acquaintance. In this state, it is defined by the penetration of any orifice by any object, force or the threat of force, or sexual contact against the victim’s will.
  • Burglary: This is the breaking and entering of a dwelling with the intent to commit a felony. This is the definition of common law burglary, as laid out in Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 266 Section 14.
  • Aggravated Assault and Battery: This crime is a felony when you try to or actually do cause a person to suffer serious bodily harm, and/or you cause such an injury by using a weapon. Normal assault and battery is normally a misdemeanor, but can rise to a felony crime in several ways, including if the victim is over 65, or if the person is seriously injured.
  • Larceny: This felony is when you steal or attempt to defraud someone of their money or property.
  • Embezzlement: This offense involves the fraudulent misappropriate of money and/or assets by a person to whom that property has been entrusted. This crime occurs when the person obtains the goods or money in a legal fashion, and then uses the assets for their own use. See Massachusetts embezzlement laws.
  • Robbery: The illegal taking of property from another individual, or in the presence of the person, by intimidation or violence.
  • Arson: This is the willful and malicious crime of setting fire to a building or dwelling to be burned. The building does not have to have necessarily been consumed or destroyed by the fire.
  • Drug Possession/Trafficking: For possession to be a crime, you need to have large quantities of the illegal drug, which indicates that you intend to sell it. How serious of a felony drug possession and trafficking is depends upon the quantities of the drug you have, and which type of drug (marijuana, cocaine, heroin, prescription drugs, etc).
  • Sex Crimes: See details
Common Cities In Massachusetts where Felonies Occur:
  • Boston
  • Worcester
  • Springfield
  • Lowell
  • Cambridge
  • Brockton
  • New Bedford
  • Fall River
  • Lynn
  • Quincy
  • Newton
  • Somerville
  • Lawrence
  • Framingham
  • Waltham
  • Haverhill
  • Brookline
  • Malden
  • Taunton
  • Medford
  • Chicopee
  • Weymouth
  • Peabody
  • Barnstable Town
  • Revere
  • Pittsfield
  • Methuen
  • Arlington
  • Attleboro
  • Leominster
  • Salem
  • Westfield
  • Beverly
  • Holyoke
  • Fitchburg
  • Everett
  • Woburn
  • Marlborough
  • Chelsea
  • Braintree
  • Watertown
  • Randolph
  • Lexington
  • Gloucester
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