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Assault and Battery Offenses in MA

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We all get angry from time to time. But when your anger causes you to make a temporary slip in judgment, you could face legal consequences. It is not uncommon for assault or battery charges to originate from events centered around alcohol or in large groups. Social gatherings such as sporting events, concerts, bars, dance clubs, or parties serve as a breeding ground for violent behavior.

When individuals are out of their normal element or let their guard down after a few drinks, the combination of alcohol and large crowds can almost always lead to some sort of disagreement or altercation. In some cases, anger may get the best of a person, causing him or her to respond in a way that he or she would have normally never have acted. If you have been arrested for assault and battery, it is crucial to seek legal representation from a Boston criminal defense lawyer immediately. You could be facing serious charges.

Assault and Battery Allegations

Many people assume that assault and battery are the same crime. Due to this common misconception, people accused of assault or battery often do not know the penalties or legalities of their crime. Assault and battery are both crimes of violence but they have two distinct legal definitions:

  • Assault – a criminal charge that results from a threat of violence but does not necessarily require physical contact or harm
  • Battery – a criminal charge that results from actual physical contact and must be committed without consent from the other person

According to Massachusetts General Law Chapter 265, Section 13A, an assault or an assault and battery charge could be punishable by up to 2 ½ years in jail, fines up to $1,000, or both. In order to warrant a conviction for an intentional assault and battery offense, prosecutors must be able to prove that you touched another person without having any excuse for doing so, that you intended to touch another victim, and that the physical contact could cause bodily harm to another person.

Real Solutions for Your Legal Problems

Your choice in legal representation at this time could prove to be pivotal to your case. While early legal intervention can be the best preventive measure that you can take in an assault and battery case, early protection can do little to help you if you enlist the service of an inexperienced lawyer. Only a knowledgeable criminal lawyer can defend you to the fullest extent of the law, challenge any evidence against you, and anticipate any potential rebuttals from the prosecution.

At The Criminal Defense Group, our Boston criminal lawyers know that assault and battery charges often involve something much deeper and much more personal. In many cases, we can help protect your freedom and preserve your rights by seeking alternative sentencing, such as anger management classes. We wish to defend your case and ensure that you move on with your life in a healthy way so that you can return to a normal life and contribute positively to society.

If you are ready to discuss your legal matters with our criminal defense team, please do not hesitate to contact The Criminal Defense Group. We would be happy to begin creating a defense strategy that can help secure the best possible outcome for your personal circumstances. We can offer free case evaluations during weekdays or weekends and evenings by appointment. Call us now!

The information on this website is for general information purposes only. Nothing on this site should be taken as legal advice for any individual case or situation. This information is not intended to create, and receipt or viewing does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship.

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