Assault Defense Attorney in Massachusetts
Providing Aggressive Defense in Plymouth County, Norfolk County, Bristol County, & Beyond
The Massachusetts criminal justice system is complex and confusing, especially if you are facing charges for the first time. If you are being investigated for or charged with assault, it is important to retain the services of an experienced and skilled criminal defense attorney. At the Law Office of James Hester, we are dedicated to providing clients with the personalized legal representation they need and deserve. Our firm is located in Marshfield, but we serve clients throughout the state.
Assault Charges in Massachusetts
In Massachusetts, assault and battery are separate but related offenses under the state's criminal law. Assault refers to the intentional act of causing another person to fear immediate bodily harm or offensive physical contact, while battery involves the actual physical contact or unwanted touching of another person without their consent.
Aggravated assault involves assault with certain additional factors, such as assault with a dangerous weapon or assault with the intent to commit a felony. While aggravated battery involves battery with certain additional factors, such as causing serious bodily injury or using a dangerous weapon.
A conviction for simple assault and battery are punishable by up to 2.5 years in jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000. Aggravated assault and battery are felony offenses and carry harsher penalties, including up to 5 years in state prison and/or a fine of up to $5,000.
Why You Need a Skilled Assault Defense Attorney
If you are facing assault charges, it is important to understand that you do have rights and options. Our firm is here to help you understand the charges you are facing and to aggressively defend you against those charges. We have handled numerous assault cases and know the strategies that will help you achieve the best possible outcome in your case.
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