Andover Assault & Battery Lawyer
Protecting Defendants’ in Essex, Middlesex & Suffolk Counties
Section 13A of Massachusetts legislature outlines the penalties for assault and assault and battery. Under this law, a person convicted of these crimes may face up to 2 1/2 years in prison and a fine of up to $1,000. This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the consequences of a criminal conviction, however, due to the lasting repercussions of having a violent crime on one’s record.
A felony assault or assault and battery conviction can affect:
- Financial circumstances
- Educational opportunities
- One’s reputation – for life
Remember: You are innocent until proven guilty. Involve an Andover assault lawyer who can protect your rights and help you avoid prison. At McNally Law Office we offer aggressive representation based on 37 years of experience.
Defense Strategies for Assault & Battery Charges
Intent and actual contact are key elements of an assault and battery case in Massachusetts. The prosecution will have the burden of proving that the defendant acted intentionally and willfully to cause harm or commit an offensive act against the alleged victim, and 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 serve to benefit a defendant’s case.
As an Andover defense attorney, Mark McNally knows how to utilize such strategies 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
Contact McNally Law Office today at (978) 401-4021 and discover what defenses may apply in your case.