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At Nate Amendola Defense, we not only help clients resolve Massachusetts assualt and battery, domestic violence, drug, and other criminal charges, we also mitigate potential collateral consequences and work to ensure you have the tools and resources you need to rebuild your life and stay out of trouble in the future. Our legal team serves Plymouth, Norfolk, Bristol, Barnstable, and Nantucket Counties. When facing criminal charges, you need a knowledgeable and dedicated Nantucket assault defense attorney you can trust. 

Assault and Battery Laws in Massachusetts getting arrested of assault and battery in nantucket massachusets

In Massachusetts, assault is a criminal offense, and assault and battery is another. There are also many other separate laws addressing various types of specific assault and battery charges, such as committing this offense against a police officer or assault and battery on a disabled person. Per the laws, assault and assault and battery are distinguished in the following ways:

  • Assault refers to the attempt to use physical force against another person or show the intention to use force against them.
  • Assault and battery refers to deliberately touching or making contact with someone in such a way as to cause bodily harm and is done without the other person’s consent.

Furthermore, a conviction leaves you with a criminal record that can be accessed through a background check jeopardizing future job, housing, and professional license opportunities. That is why it's imperative to hire an aggressive criminal defense lawyer to avoid criminal penalties and other harsh consequences.

Penalties You Face for Assault and Battery Charges in Massachusetts

You can be charged with assault without actually making any contact with the alleged victim. Only in an assault and battery would contact be made, such as punching someone. Penalties for these offenses can include up to two years in jail and fines of up to $1,000.

Assault and battery crimes that cause bodily injury to the other person can carry harsher penalties. These crimes are differentiated by the severity of the injury, such as in causing bodily injury, substantial bodily injury, or serious bodily injury. Punishment for these crimes may range from two and a half years in jail up to five years in prison and/or a fine of up to $5,000.

Schedule a Free Consultation with a Massachusetts Criminal Defense Attorney Today

If you've been arrested on an OUI/DUI charge, domestic violence, disorderly conduct, or drug possession, you should speak to an experienced defense attorney as soon as possible. You can contact us online or call our office directly at 781-661-5450 to schedule your free consultation with one of our top-notch defense lawyers. We have been proudly servicing clients throughout Norwell, Massachusetts, and surrounding areas such as Plymouth, Barnstable, Nantucket, and more.

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Nate Amendola
Massachusetts criminal defense attorney, helping resolve OUI, domestic violence, drug and criminal charges