POTENTIAL RIGHT TO RELIEF FOR ANYONE ON GPS MONITORING IN MASSACHUSETTS

IF YOU ARE CURRENTLY WEARING A GPS DEVICE AS A CONDITION OF YOUR PROBATION AND/OR PAROLE IN MASSACHUSETTS, OUR OFFICE MAY BE ABLE TO ASSIST YOU IN REMOVING THE DEVICE.

CALL OUR CONFIDENTIAL GPS HOTLINE AT 617-910-5850 OR FILL OUT AND SUBMIT THE FORM BELOW TO FIND OUT IF YOU ARE ELIGIBLE FOR THE APPOINTMENT OF COUNSEL AND POTENTIAL REMOVAL OF THE DEVICE.

Two recent decisions from the Supreme Judicial Court (the highest court in Massachusetts) ruled that GPS monitoring cannot be imposed without a proper hearing in front of a judge. Before those two rulings, GPS monitoring was regularly imposed without the hearing that is now required. You have a right to a lawyer to determine whether an adequate hearing was held in your case, and to challenge the continuation of your GPS monitoring. If you cannot afford a lawyer, one will be assigned to represent you at no charge to you.

Fill out the confidential form below or call our confidential GPS hotline (617-910-5850), to start the process of challenging your GPS device.

You have the right to a lawyer. You have the right to get advice from a lawyer about whether to challenge your GPS device. If you choose to go to court to challenge the device, you have the right to have a lawyer represent you. If you cannot afford a lawyer, a lawyer will be appointed to advise and represent you for free.

You have the right to challenge your GPS device. Under recent decisions from the Supreme Judicial Court, a GPS monitoring device can only be imposed if the government’s interest in having you wear the device outweighs the significant privacy intrusion that the device causes. The Supreme Judicial Court recognized that GPS monitoring is deeply intrusive, both because it attaches to your body and because it tracks your every move.

If you challenge your GPS device and you win, the device must be removed. If you challenge your GPS device, and that challenge is successful, a judge will vacate that condition of your probation and the device must be removed.

NEXT STEPS:

It is up to you to decide whether you want to take any next steps.

  • If you do nothing, you will continue to wear the GPS device until the end of your probation and/or parole.
  • If you fill out the form below, and it is determined that you cannot afford to hire a lawyer, a lawyer will be assigned to your case at no cost to you and will contact you to discuss whether you should seek removal of the GPS device. If your income is too high to qualify for an appointed lawyer, you may hire a lawyer. If you do not already have a lawyer, you may be able to find one by contacting the Massachusetts Bar Association, the Boston Bar Association, or other bar association lawyer referral services.

QUESTIONS? Call the hotline!

If you have questions about anything on this site, or if you want to learn more about how to exercise your rights, call 617-910-5850. The hotline is staffed Monday through Friday, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. If you call outside of these hours, you can leave a message and your call will be returned as soon as possible. The hotline is 100% confidential, and is staffed by the public defender office, CPCS.

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