About Charges of Assault and Battery Under Massachusetts Law
If you are convicted of assault, or assault and battery, you can be sentenced for up to 2-1/2 years in prison and subject to a fine of up to $1,000. If you are convicted of causing bodily harm to someone who has a restraining order against you, you could be facing up to 5 years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.
It’s relatively rare for a person in the state of Massachusetts to be charged with simple battery, the legal term for the act of physically contacting another person without his or her consent. Most often, the alleged perpetrator of an act of violent physical contact will be charged with assault and battery, the “assault” part referring to the intent to commit violence and the “battery” part to the violence itself.
Without the assault (i.e., the intent), an act of battery can often be construed as a simple accident—say, swinging your arm without being aware that another person was walking behind you.
Even so, simple battery is a serious charge, especially if the alleged victim is a child or spouse. If you’ve been charged with battery, with or without an accompanying charge of assault, the attorneys at The Noonan Defense Firm can help to establish whether you were indeed culpable for the act, or if it was simply an accident. Our attorneys may also be able to convince the judge or district attorney to drop all charges, with no stain on your permanent record that would otherwise make it difficult to obtain a mortgage or find a job.
Read more about specific charges we can help you build a strong defense against:
- About Assault and Battery Charges in Massachusetts
- About Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon
- Aggravated Assault and Battery Charges
- Assault and Battery on a Disabled Person
- Assault and Battery on an Individual with an Intellectual Disability
- Assault and Battery on Child Under Age 14 Causing Bodily Injury
- Assault and Battery on Child Under Age 14 Causing Substantial Bodily Injury
- Assault and Battery on Person Over Age 60
- Assault with the Intent to Rob Armed/Unarmed
- Domestic Assault and Battery
- Indecent Assault and Battery on a Child Under 14
- Indecent Assault and Battery on a Person Over 14
- Massachusetts Criminal Law – Penalties for Assault and Battery
- Penalties For Domestic Assault and Battery
- Simple Assault Charges
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