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Case Dismissed: Judge Agrees that Grabbing Crotch and Shaking It At Police Officer is Protected Speech

Freedom of speech is a constitutionally protected right that is sometimes infringed upon by law enforcement. Recently, Attorney Keren Goldberg was able to convince a judge in the Concord District Court to dismiss a case against her client because the charges were in violation of his freedom of expression which is protected by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution and Article 16 of the Massachusetts Declaration of Rights. Her client was angry with the way he was being treated by a police officer and grabbed his crotch over his clothes and shook it in the direction of the officer which led to him being charged with lewd, wanton and lascivious conduct in violation of Massachusetts General Law chapter 272 section 53. While such conduct is not advisable, it is legal. Ms. Goldenberg’s memorandum of law included photographs of the late Michael Jackson on stage doing exactly what her client was accused of doing. Mr. Jackson was not charged with lewdness and her client should not have been either. 

Contact a Lowell, Massachusetts criminal defense attorney today to discuss your case

Individuals who have been accused of criminal misconduct are face serious legal consequences. For this reason, it is extremely important for criminal defendants to retain an experienced lawyer immediately. To schedule a consultation with Lowell criminal defense lawyer Keren Goldenberg, call our office today at 978-221-2503.

The Law Office of Keren Goldenberg
97 Central St. #403
Lowell, MA 01852
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