In Massachusetts, allegations of assault are taken very seriously and can be prosecuted aggressively. A conviction can lead to a lengthy jail or prison sentence, which can have a long-term impact on an individual’s personal and professional life. A student at Endicott College must now come to terms with this possibility after being charged with aggravated assault and battery. He has been accused of randomly attacking three other students on campus in the early morning hours of Feb. 2.

According to police, the accused punched three people seemingly at random between 1:30 a.m. and 2:30 a.m. at the college’s Beverly campus. Two of the students had to be hospitalized for their injuries. One was reported to be unconscious after the attack, having sustained a broken jaw. Another student was said to have suffered a fractured eye socket. The third student reportedly only suffered from minor injuries.

The 19-year-old accused man, who came to Massachusetts from another state, was arrested two days after the alleged attacks. He was purportedly with two other students at the time the incidents were said to have occurred. However, those students do not face charges.

Though the attacks were thought to be random, there may be extenuating circumstances that come to light as the evidence against the accused is reviewed. For now, he is entitled to having the benefit of the doubt until the outcome of his case is decided. As he faces an uncertain fate, he may find it beneficial to obtain representation that has experience defending assault and battery cases. This can help him ensure that his legal rights are protected and may also lead to a more favorable outcome that will minimize the impact on his future.

Source: Worcester Telegram & Gazette, Endicott College student charged in random attacks, No author, Feb. 5, 2014