§ 1 Enticing away person under 16 for marriage
§ 2 Enticing away person for prostitution or sexual intercourse
§ 3 Drugging persons for sexual intercourse
§ 4 Inducing person under eighteen to have sexual intercourse
§ 4A Inducing minor into prostitution
§ 4B Living off or sharing earnings of minor prostitute
§ 6 Owner of place inducing or suffering person to resort in such place for sexual intercourse
§ 7 Support from, or sharing, earnings of prostitute
§ 8 Soliciting for prostitute
§ 9 Oath and warrant to enter place for prostitution; detention of person in control and prostitute; recognizance to appear as witness
§ 10 Arrest without warrant
§ 11 Corroboration of one witness; limitations
§ 12 Procuring person to practice, or enter a place for, prostitution; employment office procuring person
§ 13 Detaining, or drugging to detain, person in place for prostitution
§ 15 Polygamy
§ 16 Open and gross lewdness and lascivious behavior
§ 17 Incestuous marriage or sexual activities
§ 21A Furnishing drugs, articles or information for prevention of pregnancy or conception
§ 21B Privately controlled hospital or health facility; abortion or sterilization procedures; contraceptive devices and family planning services
§ 22 Concealment of death of child born out of wedlock
§ 23 Joinder of charges of murder and offense under Sec. 22
§ 24 Keeping house of ill fame
§ 25 Obstructing view of restaurant or tavern patrons; barricaded entrances
§ 26 Resorting to restaurants or taverns for immoral purposes
§ 27 Record of convictions under Sec. 25 or Sec. 26 sent to licensing officers
§ 28 Matter harmful to minors, dissemination; possession; defenses
§ 28C Information or petition against obscene books; order of notice to show cause; notice of order; interlocutory adjudication; defense
§ 28D Answer to notice; right to jury trial
§ 28E Order of default; adjudication
§ 28F Hearing; evidence; adjudication
§ 28G Objection that mere judgment sought and no relief claimed on issue of knowledge
§ 28H Proceeding under Sec. 28C as evidence in trial under Sec. 29; presumptions as to knowledge
§ 28I Certain procedures as condition precedent to institution of proceedings for dissemination of obscene books
§ 29 Dissemination or possession of obscene matter; punishment; defense
§ 29A Posing or exhibiting child in state of nudity or sexual conduct; punishment
§ 29B Dissemination of visual material of child in state of nudity or sexual conduct; punishment
§ 29C Knowing purchase or possession of visual material of child depicted in sexual conduct; punishment
§ 30 Injunctive relief against dissemination of obscene matter; jurisdiction; procedures; appeal
§ 30D Dissemination of visual material of child in state of nudity or sexual conduct; injunction; jurisdiction
§ 31 Definitions
§ 32 Motion picture theater managers or operators; applicability of Secs. 28, 29 and 29A
§ 33 Exhibition of deformities
§ 34 Crime against nature
§ 35 Unnatural and lascivious acts
§ 35A Unnatural and lascivious acts with child under 16
§ 36 Blasphemy
§ 36A Sporting events; penalty for abuse of participants and officials
§ 38 Disturbance of assembly for worship
§ 39 Selling goods and provisions, caring for horses, illegal gaming, horse racing or exhibits near camp meetings
§ 40 Disturbance of assemblies; conduct of students on school grounds or in the course of school-related events
§ 40A Alcoholic beverages; gift, sale, delivery or possession on public school premises
§ 41 Disturbance of libraries
§ 42 Disturbance of funerals
§ 42A Disturbance of funeral services
§ 42B Disturbance of military funeral service; penalty
§ 43 Disorderliness in public conveyances; disturbance of travelers
§ 43A Smoking or carrying open flame or lighted match, pipe or tobacco product in public conveyances and transportation terminals
§ 53 Penalty for certain offenses
§ 53A Engaging in sexual conduct for a fee; engaging in sexual conduct with child under age 18 for a fee; penalties
§ 54 Apprehension for certain offences, without warrant; custody
§ 56 Subsequent offenses; breach of recognizance on appeal
§ 57 Discharge upon recognizance; payment of expenses of prosecution
§ 58 Employing or permitting employment of minor under 15 to beg
§ 59 Ordinances or regulations relating to streets, reservations, or parkways; alcoholic beverages; profanity; arrest without warrant
§ 60 Disposal of rubbish, etc.; refusal to remove; arrest without warrant
§ 61 Conviction after discharge from sentence under Sec. 53
§ 62 Third conviction of being a common nightwalker
§ 63 Tramps; begging or riding freight trains as prima facie evidence
§ 64 Tramps; punishment; entering buildings; injuries to or threats against persons or property; carrying weapons
§ 65 Arrest of tramps without warrant; making complaint
§ 66 Vagrants
§ 67 Vagrants; arrest without warrant; taking before court; complaint
§ 68 Vagabonds
§ 69 Vagabonds; arrest without warrant; taking before court; complaint
§ 70 Taking dead body on process or execution
§ 71 Disinterring bodies
§ 72 Buying, selling or possessing dead bodies
§ 73 Tombs, graves, memorials, trees, plants; injuring, removing
§ 73A Removal of gravestones and other memorials for repair or reproduction
§ 73B Sale of or attempt to sell stolen commemorative grave marker; receipt, retention or disposal of stolen commemorative grave marker
§ 74 Desecrating place of burial; use and occupation as evidence of title
§ 75 Removal of flowers, flags or memorial tokens from burial lot
§ 76 Ways, railroads, canals or public easements through burial grounds
§ 77 Cruelty to animals; prohibition from work involving contact with animals
§ 77A Willfully injuring police dogs and horses
§ 77B Exhibition of wild animals
§ 77C Sexual contact with animal
§ 78 Selling, leading, or using horses not fit for work; forfeiture of auctioneer’s license
§ 78A Sale of foals under five months; penalty
§ 79 Violations by business entities of statutes relating to the treatment, care and protection of animals
§ 79A Cutting bones or muscles to dock or set tail of horse; wound as evidence
§ 79B Exhibiting horse with tail cut under Sec. 79A; affidavit as to cutting in state where not prohibited; inspection
§ 801/2 Devocalization of dogs or cats; definitions; penalty; exceptions; records
§ 80A Cropping or cutting off ear of dog; wound as prima facie evidence
§ 80B Exhibiting dogs with ears cropped or cut off
§ 80C Taking cat, dog or bird to exhibit it, subject it to experimentation or mutilation, or to sell it for such purposes; application of law
§ 80D Living rabbits, baby chickens, ducklings or other fowl; sale, barter or gift
§ 80E Putting animal to death by use of decompression chamber
§ 80E1/2 Putting animal to death by drowning
§ 80F Giving away live animals as prize or award
§ 80G Experiments on vertebrates; vivisection, dissection of animals; care
§ 80H Motor vehicles; striking, injuring or killing dogs or cats
§ 80I Leasing or renting dogs; penalties
§ 81 Rest, water and feed for transported animals; lien; liability for detention
§ 82 Arrest without warrant for violation of Sec. 77 or 81; notice; care of animals; lien
§ 83 Complaint, warrant and search relative to cruelty to animals
§ 84 Prosecutions under Secs. 77 to 81
§ 85A Injuring, taking away or harboring domesticated animals or birds; removal of dog license tag, collar or harness; imitation tag
§ 85B Assistance animals stolen or attacked; actions for economic and non-economic damages
§ 86 Stabling horses or mules on second or higher floors, in places other than cities
§ 86A Stabling horses and mules above first floor; exceeding six; fire exits
§ 86B Stabling horses or mules exceeding fifteen
§ 86C Smoking in buildings used for stabling horses or mules
§ 86D Pails of water and sand in buildings used for stables
§ 86E Entry upon premises to enforce Secs. 86A to 86D; orders
§ 86F Violation of Secs. 86 to 86D; refusal or neglect to comply with Sec. 86E orders
§ 87 Keeping or using birds to be shot at; shooting them; permitting premises to be used for shooting
§ 88 Complaints and warrants relative to fighting animals; searches; arrests
§ 89 Exhibition place of fighting animals; entry without warrant; arrests; seizure of animals
§ 90 Custody of arrested persons; time limitation
§ 91 Forfeiture of animal or property used or employed in violation of Sec. 94; application; notice; hearing; adjudication; assessment of forfeited animal for suitability for adoption; transfer or other disposition of animal
§ 92 Appeal; recognizance; custody and disposition of animals
§ 92A Advertisement, book, notice or sign relative to discrimination; definition of place of public accommodation, resort or amusement
§ 93 Expenses of care and destruction of fighting animals
§ 94 Owning, possessing or training fighting animals; establishing or promoting exhibition; loaning, selling or exporting fighting animals; owning or possessing animals for breeding fighting animals
§ 95 Aiding or being present at exhibition of fighting animals
§ 96 False notice of birth, marriage or death
§ 97A Demands, notices or other documents resembling court process; complaint; order to discontinue
§ 98 Discrimination in admission to, or treatment in, place of public accommodation; punishment; forfeiture; civil right
§ 98A Physically handicapped persons with dog guides; public places or conveyances; charges or fares; penalties
§ 98B Discrimination in employment on public works or in public relief or transitional assistance
§ 98C Libel; groups of persons; defenses; punishment; prosecutions
§ 99 Interception of wire and oral communications
§ 99A Jury deliberations; overhearing by use of devices
§ 104 Security for seizure and impoundment of animals relating to cruelty to animals or animal fighting
§ 105 Photographing, videotaping or electronically surveilling partially nude or nude person or the sexual or other intimate parts of a person around the person’s clothing; exceptions; punishment
§ 106 Stolen valor; penalty
§ 107 Transmission of certain fines to state treasurer for deposit into Victims of Human Trafficking Trust Fund

Terms Used In Massachusetts General Laws > Chapter 272 - Crimes Against Chastity, Morality, Decency and Good Order

  • Acquittal:
    1. Judgement that a criminal defendant has not been proved guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
    2. A verdict of "not guilty."
  • Affidavit: A written statement of facts confirmed by the oath of the party making it, before a notary or officer having authority to administer oaths.
  • Answer: The formal written statement by a defendant responding to a civil complaint and setting forth the grounds for defense.
  • Appeal: A request made after a trial, asking another court (usually the court of appeals) to decide whether the trial was conducted properly. To make such a request is "to appeal" or "to take an appeal." One who appeals is called the appellant.
  • Arraignment: A proceeding in which an individual who is accused of committing a crime is brought into court, told of the charges, and asked to plead guilty or not guilty.
  • Arrest: Taking physical custody of a person by lawful authority.
  • Charity: An agency, institution, or organization in existence and operating for the benefit of an indefinite number of persons and conducted for educational, religious, scientific, medical, or other beneficent purposes.
  • Civil forfeiture: The loss of ownership of property used to conduct illegal activity.
  • Common law: The legal system that originated in England and is now in use in the United States. It is based on judicial decisions rather than legislative action.
  • Complaint: A written statement by the plaintiff stating the wrongs allegedly committed by the defendant.
  • Conviction: A judgement of guilt against a criminal defendant.
  • Corporation: A legal entity owned by the holders of shares of stock that have been issued, and that can own, receive, and transfer property, and carry on business in its own name.
  • Damages: Money paid by defendants to successful plaintiffs in civil cases to compensate the plaintiffs for their injuries.
  • Defendant: In a civil suit, the person complained against; in a criminal case, the person accused of the crime.
  • Embezzlement: In most states, embezzlement is defined as theft/larceny of assets (money or property) by a person in a position of trust or responsibility over those assets. Embezzlement typically occurs in the employment and corporate settings. Source: OCC
  • Evidence: Information presented in testimony or in documents that is used to persuade the fact finder (judge or jury) to decide the case for one side or the other.
  • Forgery: The fraudulent signing or alteration of another's name to an instrument such as a deed, mortgage, or check. The intent of the forgery is to deceive or defraud. Source: OCC
  • Grand jury: agreement providing that a lender will delay exercising its rights (in the case of a mortgage,
  • Guardian: A person legally empowered and charged with the duty of taking care of and managing the property of another person who because of age, intellect, or health, is incapable of managing his (her) own affairs.
  • Indictment: The formal charge issued by a grand jury stating that there is enough evidence that the defendant committed the crime to justify having a trial; it is used primarily for felonies.
  • Injunction: An order of the court prohibiting (or compelling) the performance of a specific act to prevent irreparable damage or injury.
  • Joint committee: Committees including membership from both houses of teh legislature. Joint committees are usually established with narrow jurisdictions and normally lack authority to report legislation.
  • Jurisdiction: (1) The legal authority of a court to hear and decide a case. Concurrent jurisdiction exists when two courts have simultaneous responsibility for the same case. (2) The geographic area over which the court has authority to decide cases.
  • Juror: A person who is on the jury.
  • Lease: A contract transferring the use of property or occupancy of land, space, structures, or equipment in consideration of a payment (e.g., rent). Source: OCC
  • Lien: A claim against real or personal property in satisfaction of a debt.
  • Litigation: A case, controversy, or lawsuit. Participants (plaintiffs and defendants) in lawsuits are called litigants.
  • Misdemeanor: Usually a petty offense, a less serious crime than a felony, punishable by less than a year of confinement.
  • Oath: A promise to tell the truth.
  • Partnership: A voluntary contract between two or more persons to pool some or all of their assets into a business, with the agreement that there will be a proportional sharing of profits and losses.
  • Pleadings: Written statements of the parties in a civil case of their positions. In the federal courts, the principal pleadings are the complaint and the answer.
  • Precedent: A court decision in an earlier case with facts and law similar to a dispute currently before a court. Precedent will ordinarily govern the decision of a later similar case, unless a party can show that it was wrongly decided or that it differed in some significant way.
  • Probable cause: A reasonable ground for belief that the offender violated a specific law.
  • Probation: A sentencing alternative to imprisonment in which the court releases convicted defendants under supervision as long as certain conditions are observed.
  • Prosecute: To charge someone with a crime. A prosecutor tries a criminal case on behalf of the government.
  • Restitution: The court-ordered payment of money by the defendant to the victim for damages caused by the criminal action.
  • Testimony: Evidence presented orally by witnesses during trials or before grand juries.
  • Tort: A civil wrong or breach of a duty to another person, as outlined by law. A very common tort is negligent operation of a motor vehicle that results in property damage and personal injury in an automobile accident.
  • Transcript: A written, word-for-word record of what was said, either in a proceeding such as a trial or during some other conversation, as in a transcript of a hearing or oral deposition.
  • Trial: A hearing that takes place when the defendant pleads "not guilty" and witnesses are required to come to court to give evidence.