Have You Been Charged With Assault in Boston, Massachusetts?
Assault is classified as a crime of violence even though no harm or physical injury resulted. Assault is the threat of violence which causes the victim to feel fear. Acts that are classified as assault may involve verbal threats only, the use of a weapon or may be sexual in nature. A conviction for simple assault (without the use of weapon) may result in spending up to two and one-half years behind bars plus a hefty fine even though no physical injury occurred. If additional charges are filed such as battery (actually touching the alleged victim) the penalties can be even more severe.
In the City of Boston, there were 3,946 aggravated assault arrests and 7,553 arrests for other assault charges in 2008. Law enforcement agencies throughout the city have noticed the rising trend in violent firearm-related offenses, such as aggravated assault, and they have intensified their efforts in catching and prosecuting offenders. Statistics also show, however, that aggravated assault arrests have the highest clearance by The Boston Police Department. Around 53% of those who are accused of aggravated assault are cleared of their charges, and one of the main reasons for this is the work of skilled criminal defense lawyers.
When you are arrested for assault, keep in mind that a prosecutor must prove three distinct facts under the law in order for you to be convicted. The prosecutor must prove that you “willfully” acted in a way that would result in the “application of force” to another person, that you were aware that your actions would result in force, and that you willfully acted with the ability to follow through with that act.
Penalties for Assault
The penalties for an assault offense will depend upon the specific circumstances. For example an assault and battery with a dangerous weapon can involve much larger fines, a longer sentence, probation or parole, along with other serious penalties. Anything you say may be interpreted as a confession of guilt. Therefore, it is very important that you do not discuss what happened with anyone, including police officers without first consulting your attorney.
Regardless of whether you have been accused of a misdemeanor or felony assault we are here to help. When you are facing a violent crime charge, you need a defense lawyer with the experience to investigate the facts and effectively challenge the prosecution in order to achieve a positive outcome in your case. We are highly skilled in providing legal defense against such charges as:
- Simple assault
- Domestic assault
- Indecent assault
- Assault and battery
- Vehicular assault
- Aggravated assault
A Former Police Officer, Now Fighting for You
As a former police officer, Keegan Law thoroughly understands how a conviction will affect your future and bring a unique perspective to handling your defense. With over four decades of criminal justice experience, our legal team knows how vital it is to be available when help is needed. Call Keegan Law to discuss your concerns with a Boston defense lawyer who is prepared to work tirelessly to ensure the best possible outcome.