The Differences Between Felonies and Misdemeanors in Massachusetts
Unfortunately, a misunderstanding of the circumstances of a domestic dispute can significantly affect the potential jail time and the consequences of a conviction. For example, let's say you were staying at a friend's house after your partner took out a restraining order against you, but you ran out of clean clothes and money for groceries.
You returned home to pick up some laundry and cash, but your partner unexpectedly came home and called the police—and you accidentally struck your partner with the door while trying to leave. Suddenly, you're arrested for felony assault—as well as theft and violation of a protection order.
Stories like these are all too common. Prosecutors may attempt to tack on any additional offenses that may "stick" to a misdemeanor domestic assault charge, overcharging defendants to elevate their case to a felony. It will take the aid of an experienced Massachusetts criminal defense attorney to reduce the charges against you and get the best possible resolution to your case.