Assault Cases

Common assault crimes include Assault, Assault and Battery, Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon, Indecent Assault and Battery, and Assault and Battery on a Police Officer

If you were charged with any of these crime, do not talk about it to anyone other than your attorney.  Anything you say, text, message or post on social media will be twisted and used against you.  A skilled prosecutor can usually take even the most innocent sounding statement and use it against you at trial.  Do not talk to anyone other than your lawyer about your case.  Contact Lown Law Firm

Under both the United States Constitution and our state constitution, anyone charged with a crime is presumed to be innocent.  This means that you do not have to prove that you are innocent.  You are presumed to be innocent.  Instead, the prosecutor is the one who must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant committed the crime.  To do this, the prosecutor must provide the jurors with an abiding conviction to a moral certainty that the defendant committed this crime.  Proof beyond a reasonable doubt is an extremely high standard.  It is the highest degree of certainty possible in matters relating to human affairs.

There are a number of defenses available to you in assault cases.  Attorney Zachary Lown will fight to get you the best possible result.  Attorney Lown will work to help you avoid any negative consequences, including on your employment, driver’s license or immigration status.  

Lown Law Firm is a solo practice run by Attorney Zachary Lown.  It is specialized in criminal defense and certain areas of immigration law.  Attorney Lown has won difficult cases as a trial lawyer and gotten excellent results for his clients.

Assault, Assault and Battery 

Both Assault and Assault and Battery are misdemeanors under Massachusetts law.  The penalties range from an imposed period of probation to a jail sentence.  The maximum sentence for an assault and battery is 2 ½ years in the House of Correction.  The “maximum sentence” refers to the most severe penalty which a person can receive.  

The law against assault, and assault and battery is spelled out in Chapter 265, Section 13A of the Massachusetts General Laws.  This law is often abbreviated as MGL ch. 265, § 13A or G.L. c. 265, § 13A.   

  

If you were charged with an assault and battery, the prosecutor must prove three things beyond a reasonable doubt.

 

First: That the defendant touched the person of [alleged victim] without having any right or excuse for doing so;

 

Second: That the defendant intended to touch [alleged victim]; and

 

Third: That the touching was either likely to cause bodily harm to [alleged victim], or was offensive and done without (his) (her) consent.

 

There are various defenses available to you in this type of case.  Each case must be analyzed on an individual basis.  Call to discuss your case.  

Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon

An Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon is a felony.  If tried in district court, the penalty ranges from a term of probation to a maximum penalty of 2 ½ years in the House of Correction.  If tried in superior court, the maximum penalty is 10 years in state prison. 

This law is spelled out in Chapter 265, Section 15A of the Massachusetts General Laws.  This law is often abbreviated as MGL ch. 265, § 15A or G.L. c. 265, § 15A.

 

If you were charged with this crime, the prosecutor must prove three things beyond a reasonable doubt.

First: That the defendant touched the person of [alleged victim] however slightly, without having any right or excuse for doing so;

Second: That the defendant intended to touch [alleged victim]

 

Third: That the touching was done with a dangerous weapon.

Some items are considered inherently dangerous.  An item which is not normally dangerous can be considered a dangerous weapon if it was used to harm someone.  For example, a pillow could be considered a dangerous weapon if it was used to suffocate a person.

 

This type of charge requires careful analysis, and as with other assault crimes, there are various defenses available to you.  Call to discuss your case.  

Indecent Assault and Battery  

 

An Indecent Assault and Battery is a felony.  If tried in district court, the penalty ranges from a term of probation to 2 ½ years in the House of Correction.  If tried in superior court, the maximum penalty is 5 years in state prison. 

This law is spelled out in Chapter 265, Section 13H of the Massachusetts General Laws.  This law is often abbreviated as MGL ch. 265, § 13H or G.L. c. 265, § 13H.

If you were charged with this crime, the prosecutor must prove four things beyond a reasonable doubt.

First: That the alleged victim was at least fourteen years of age at the time of the alleged offense;

 

Second: That the defendant committed an assault and battery on the alleged victim. Assault and battery is essentially the intentional touching of another person, without legal justification or excuse.

 

Third: The Commonwealth must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the assault and battery was “indecent” as that word is commonly understood, measured by common understanding and practices.

 

An indecent act is one that is fundamentally offensive to contemporary standards of decency. An assault and battery may be “indecent” if it involves touching portions of the anatomy commonly thought private, such as a person’s genital area or buttocks, or the breasts of a female.

 

And Fourth: The Commonwealth must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the alleged victim did not consent.

Assault and Battery on a Police Officer

A Boston Police officer chased a young man out of a building where he was visiting his friends, slammed this young man on the ground, handcuffed him, then wrongly accused him of Resisting Arrest and Assault and Battery on a Police Officer. Attorney Lown exposed the officer for changing his story on several occasions. More

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If you were charged with this crime, the prosecutor must prove six things beyond a reasonable doubt.

First: That the defendant touched the person of [the police officer], without having any right or excuse for doing so;

Second: That the defendant intended to touch [the police officer];

 

Third: That the touching was either likely to cause bodily harm to [the police officer] , or was done without his (her) consent;

 

Fourth: That [the alleged victim] was a police officer;

 

Fifth: That the defendant knew [the alleged victim] was a police officer; and

 

Sixth: That [the police officer] was engaged in the performance of his (her) duty at the time of the alleged incident.

There are a number of defenses available to you in this type of case.  For example, if the touching of the police officer occurred by accident or the defendant acted in self defense, then the defendant would be entitled to a verdict of “not guilty.”

Attorney Lown will fight to get you the best possible result.  

 

Call Lown Law Firm for a free consultation. 

 
 
 
 

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