Assault and Battery
Middlesex Assault and Battery Lawyer
Many people think that “assault” simply means hitting someone. Not exactly. In Massachusetts, assault refers to a threat of some type of violence, not the act of physically touching another person. Battery, on the other hand, consists of making actual physical contact with someone else without his or her consent. You can be arrested and charged with assault and battery even if there was no physical harm done to the other person. To make matters more confusing, Massachusetts recognizes a number of different, more serious forms of assault and battery, including:
- Aggravated Assault and Battery
- Assault and Battery Upon a Child
- Assault and Battery Upon a Police Officer
- Indecent Assault and Battery
- Assault with Intent to Commit a Felony
- Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon (the “weapon” does not need to be a gun or knife—virtually anything can be considered a dangerous weapon, including your shoes)
- Assault with Intent to Rob or Murder
- Sexual Assault
Massachusetts takes all forms of assault and battery very seriously. A simple assault and battery conviction can be punished by up to two and a half years in jail and a fine of up to $1,000. More serious versions of assault and battery, of course, can lead to significantly harsher sentences.
At Contant Law, we understand that being charged with assault and battery does not make someone a “bad person.” Sometimes it’s just a matter of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Or an argument that becomes highly emotional. Or a matter of self defense, defense of another person or defense of one’s property.
We will investigate all the circumstances surrounding your case and use our mastery of assault and battery law to mount a strong defense on your behalf. Depending on your particular case, we might be able to get the charges dismissed entirely by exploiting weakness in the prosecutor’s case, making motions to suppress incriminating evidence and other tactics. We also know how to negotiate with the District Attorney to get your charges or punishment reduced.
To learn how we can help you, contact our Woburn assault and battery attorneys today for a free consultation. We’ll explain your options clearly and give you an honest opinion of how we should proceed.
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