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What is the difference between assault and battery?

We often hear the terms “assault and battery” together— used in common speech, reported on the news, and discussed regarding criminal charges. The two crimes may seem similar at first, and that is partially because some states frequently charge one offense in conjunction with the other. Assault and battery, however, are two separate crimes that have different definitions.

Should police be protected under MA hate crime laws?

Tensions regarding race and violence by and to police have made it a volatile, emotional time in our history. Some of you may be personally impacted by events tied to the fights of "Black Lives Matter" and the twist on that slogan, "Blue Lives Matter." 

Will legislation increasing punishment for police assault move forward?

Earlier this week, the Legislature's Judiciary Committee held a hearing to examine a bill recently filed by Governor Charlie Baker, as well as a companion bill filed by Rep. Paul Frost (R-Auburn), that would greatly increase the penalties for committing an assault and battery upon a police officer.

More people will lose gun rights due to Supreme Court ruling

Our criminal defense lawyers have consistently stressed the importance of domestic violence suspects acting swiftly to defend themselves. A conviction in Massachusetts has a severe impact on a person's rights. Now, there is even further evidence supporting the importance of working with a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible if accused of domestic abuse.

When can assault or assault and battery charges be filed?

Massachusetts residents who face assault or assault and battery charges often have many questions and concerns about what these charges actually mean as well as how to defend against them. For anyone who is facing these types of serious criminal charges, it's wise to consult with a defense attorney who can answer questions, provide advice and advocate on one's behalf.

Man claiming to have information charged with crime

An attempted sexual assault in Massachusetts was recently stopped when a nearby man heard the victim screaming and intervened, allowing the woman to escape. The official reports claim that the woman was attacked from behind in the early morning, beaten and dragged into a nearby alley. The attack was caught on camera, but police had no luck locating the assailant and were unable to arrest anyone for the crime.

Different defense options for different assault accusations

There are many different circumstances under which individuals can be accused of assault and battery, but regardless of the circumstances, the penalties of a conviction are serious and should not be taken lightly. Some of the most common circumstances involve bullying, domestic violence or abuse of a child, but there are other instances in which assault and battery may be alleged. If there is a weapon, the charges could be escalated to aggravated assault and battery, which will increase the penalties of a conviction.

Legal defense for assault and battery accusations

While the average person does not likely get into many physical altercations, and very few people actually seek such things out, there are times when individuals may lay hands on one another. If alcohol is involved and things get out of hand, it is conceivable that some punches might be thrown, but what starts out as two people in a heated disagreement could easily become a criminal investigation.

Eyewitness account leads to assault and battery charges

Sometimes, criminal cases rely heavily on eyewitness testimony because they do not have many other pieces of "hard" evidence, such as DNA or fingerprints, etc. Unfortunately, studies have shown that eyewitness testimony is not always the most reliable form of evidence because people do not tend to remember events in exact detail, and these details can even become skewed. A man was recently arrested in Massachusetts for assault and battery after the statements of witnesses purportedly led the police to him.

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