Assault and Battery

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What is Assault?

Assault occurs when an individual attempts to commit a battery on another individual or threatens to commit a battery on another individual. For example, threatening to punch someone in the head, or attempting to punch someone. When an individual’s hand actually comes into contact with another individual, then the assault is enhanced to assault and battery. There are different types of assault, and each type has different consequences. 

  

Assault, in and of itself, can range from 2 ½ years in the House of Correction to 5 years in state prison. Massachusetts recognizes many different types of assault. If found guilty, the penalties can range from multiple years in prison and thousands of dollars in fines. 


There are a number of other assaults, many of which constitute a felony. Additionally, there are a number of assaults that can be charged as a subsequent offense, thereby increasing the time that one may be sentenced to prison. 


If you have been charged with Assault, make sure you know your rights and get the representation that you deserve; contact BISSON LAW today!

What is Assault and Battery?

Assault and Battery is an enhanced version of assault. Unlike an assault where an individual attempts to hurt someone or tries to hurt someone but is unsuccessful, an assault and battery occurs when a part of an individual’s body actually comes into contact with another individual. 


One type of assault and battery occurs when it is done to a child. A child, under Massachusetts Law, is someone who is under the age of 14 at the time the assault and battery occurred. Penalties for this type of crime can be quite serious and can range anywhere from 2 ½ years in the House of Correction to 15 years in state prison. 

 

Some of the Assault and Battery offenses that Massachusetts recognizes are:


  • Assault and Battery on a Child
  • Assault and Battery against an Elderly or Disabled Person
  • Assault and Battery for the Purpose of Intimidation
  • Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon


There are a number of other assault and battery offenses. For example, there are provisions for when it is committed against a public employee, to collect a loan, against a correctional facility employee, against a family member and against an ambulance/healthcare provider just to name a few. Additionally, some of these offenses have provisions for subsequent offenses, which may increase incarceration time. 


If you have been charged with Assault and Battery, make sure you know your rights and get the representation that you deserve; contact BISSON LAW today!