Protecting Defendants in Essex, Middlesex & Suffolk Counties
Have you been charged with assault or assault and battery? Whether you are facing misdemeanor or felony charges, the fact remains that you need an aggressive Essex County assault & battery lawyer on your side. At McNally Law Office, we represent the criminally accused and fight tirelessly to protect their rights.
Remember: You are innocent until proven guilty. Retain an Andover assault defense lawyer who can protect your rights and help you avoid the harsh consequences of a conviction. At McNally Law Office, we offer aggressive representation and put nearly four decades of experience to work for you.
Call our Andover criminal defense lawyer at (978) 684-2847 to schedule a consultation.
The Impact of an Assault & Battery Conviction
Section 13A of Massachusetts legislature outlines the penalties for assault and battery. Under this law, a person convicted of these crimes may face up to two and half years in jail and a fine of up to $1,000. However, this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the consequences of a criminal conviction. A violent crime on your criminal record can have long-lasting repercussions.
An assault or battery conviction can affect your ability to:
- Get a job
- Rent or buy a home
- Obtain a loan
- Get into school
Defense Strategies for Assault & Battery Charges in Massachusetts
Intent and actual contact are key elements of an assault and battery case in Massachusetts. The prosecution will have the burden of proving that you acted intentionally and willfully to cause harm or commit an offensive act against the alleged victim. This can open the door to several defenses.
The prosecution will also have to prove that the alleged contact and/or harm actually occurred. In cases of “he said, she said,” a lack of physical evidence may benefit your case. As a skilled Essex County assault and battery attorney, Mark McNally knows how to build an airtight defense that is capable of withstanding the prosecution's case against you.
We may be able to employ defense strategies such as:
- Accidental contact
- Contact or an attempt to contact based on lawful or reasonable conduct, such as a doctor examining a patient, or a person attempting to help another
- Actions carried out in self-defense or defense of others
- Insufficient evidence to prove intent or the act of battery
- Violations of the defendants' constitutional rights, such as an unlawful search or arrest
- Mishandled evidence or other errors by law enforcement
We are ready to fight for you. Contact us at (978) 684-2847 to get started on your case.