Massachusetts Assault and Battery Criminal Defense Attorneys
There are three degrees for which a person can be charged for assaulting an elderly person: Simple assault and battery on a person over age 60, Assault and battery upon a person over age 60 causing bodily injury, Assault and battery on a person over age 60 or disabled person that causes serious bodily injury. Depending on how you are charged you could be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison.
Any assault and battery conviction will remain on a public criminal record and can lead to job loss, difficulties in finding employment or educational opportunities.
Assault and battery is a serious offense and the prosecutor will work hard to prove your guilt. In most cases involving assault charges, the prosecutor will also seek the maximum punishment possible. For the best possible outcome, you need a criminal defense attorney who has experience in cases involving assault and battery charges; an attorney who will take the time to investigate your case and prepare a strong defense in your favor.
No matter where you are located, we are just a phone call away. Call our Massachusetts Assault and Battery Defense Lawyers to schedule a free no-obligation case review and consultation at (508) 588-0422 and you will have taken your first step to find out how best to confront this important matter. You can also click here to use our Free Case Evaluation Form.
Criminal Penalties For Assault and Battery on Person Over Age 60
Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 265, Section 13K defines the crime of assault and battery upon an elderly person. An elderly person is any person that is sixty years old or older.
Massachusetts prohibits three forms of assault and battery on an elderly or disabled person:
- Simple assault and battery on a person over age 60. (For information on this form of assault please visit our page on simple assault);
- Assault and battery upon a person over age 60 causing bodily injury. “Bodily injury” includes any of the following injuries: burns, bone fractures, trauma-related injuries to the organs including the skin. The maximum punishment for assault and battery upon an elderly or disabled person that causes bodily injury is incarceration in state prison up to three years.
- Assault and battery on a person over age 60 or disabled person that causes serious bodily injury. “Serious bodily injury” is any injury that causes permanent failure of a bodily function, a risk of death or permanent disfigurement. The maximum punishment for assault and battery upon an elderly or disabled person that causes serious bodily injury is incarceration in state prison up to ten years.
Our knowledgeable and experienced Massachusetts Assault on Elderly Lawyers at The Law Offices of Gerald J. Noonan are available to assist clients throughout all of Massachusetts, including but not limited to Plymouth County including Brockton, Plymouth, Bridgewater, Hingham, Wareham, Middleboro; Norfolk County including Quincy, Stoughton, Dedham, Weymouth, Braintree, Randolph, Canton, Sharon, Brookline, Franklin; Bristol County including New Bedford, Fall River, Taunton, Wrentham, Attleboro, Mansfield, Easton, Raynham; and Middlesex County including Cambridge, Lowell, Somerville, Newton, Woburn, Framingham, Malden, Chelsea, Everett, Arlington, Medford and Waltham; Cape Cod, Barnstable, Falmouth and Worcester Essex County including Lynn, Lawrence and Salem; and the Greater Boston area including South Boston, Revere, Dorchester and Roxbury.