Keegan Law, Defenders for Battery Charges on a Person Under 14
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Sex crimes carry social stigmas, and even if you are proven innocent, people can still attach stereotypes and assumptions to your situation. At Keegan Law, we treat you with the respect and dignity that you deserve, and will protect your rights from the moment you take us on as your legal representative. We have over 40 years of combined legal experience, and have handled countless criminal defense cases. Our Boston battery lawyers possess the knowledge, tenacity, and experience needed to represent you in court.
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Indecent Assault & Battery Under 14
If convicted of indecent assault and battery on a person under 14, you could face up to 10 years in prison. Unlike rape cases, consent is not an issue to consider, as any person under 14 years of age is legally incapable of giving their consent for the conduct in question. Instead, the main defense factor will likely be what qualifies as indecent, since this is not specifically defined under our state law. Our firm will work to demonstrate that any contact that may have occurred was not indecent under modern social standards.
The prosecution must prove three things in order to convict you of assault and battery on a child under 14 (Massachusetts Law §265.13B (2011)):
- That the alleged victim was not yet 14 years of age at the time of the offense
- That the defendant committed an assault and battery on that child, or intentional touching without legal justification or excuse
- That the assault and battery was indecent
Massachusetts Law §265.13B.5 (2011) states that if the indecent assault and battery was committed during the commission of another crime, the penalties can be enhanced.
Examples of the types of crimes which apply include:
- Armed burglary or robbery
- Breaking and entering
- Assault and battery with a dangerous weapon
- Home invasion
Those convicted of these offenses could be facing life imprisonment with a minimum of 10 years in prison.
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Keegan Law knows how to effectively defend you against these charges and can work to prevent the prosecution from proving these factors in court. Our Boston battery attorneys can provide dedicated guidance and strategic advice, so do not hesitate to reach out to our team.
We are ready to review your charges for free in a complimentary case evaluation.