Under Massachusetts law, an individual can be a family or household member in several different ways:
It is important to know that the relationship does not need to be exclusive to be considered substantive. An individual who is merely an acquaintance does not qualify as a family or household member.
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This type of crime is considered a misdemeanor and carries up to 2 1/2 years in the House of Corrections.
If an individual has previously been convicted of this crime, a subsequent conviction is a felony and carries up to 2 1/2 years in the House of Corrections or up to 5 years in prison, if indicted.