Learn More About Indecent Assault Charges
Being convicted of a sex crime is a serious matter, as you may be required to register in a sex offender database that is open to the public. If this happens, it can be harder to get a job, find a place to live, and your social relationships can easily be negatively affected. Stereotypes and assumptions surrounding sex crimes are very common, and just being charged can make your home and work life more difficult, even if you are proven innocent. If you are proven guilty, you can face fines and prison sentences.
The penalties and charges of indecent assault will vary based on who the victim is. According to Massachusetts Law §13B (2011), whoever commits indecent assault on a minor under the age of 14 could be sentenced to up to ten years in prison. Massachusetts Law §13H (2011) states that if the victim was over the age of 14, the accused could be sentenced to no more than five years in prison.
Fighting Indecent Assault Accusations
Indecent assault falls under the category of sex crimes and refers to intentional and indecent contact of private areas of another person’s body in a harmful or unjustified manner. The circumstances of the event will determine what qualifies as “private,” and whether the contact is “indecent” will depend on a judge or jury’s evaluation of what is socially acceptable and reasonable. The Boston criminal defense lawyers from our firm know the best ways to defend you, and because these definitions depend on many factors, we will argue aggressively toward a favorable outcome in your case. Depending on the details of your charges, we may also be able to argue that you did not touch the victim intentionally, that no touching actually occurred, or that the contact was not malicious or indecent according to modern standards.