What are the penalties for assault or battery in Massachusetts?

Disagreements often arise between people in Massachusetts. Accusations of wrongdoing or insults may be hurled between one party and the other. Sometimes a heated argument can result in a physical altercation. When this happens, a person might end up facing assault charges or battery charges. This is a serious situation that could result in unwanted penalties.

Under Massachusetts law, if a person commits assault or battery against another, that person may face a two-and-a-half year prison sentence or a $1,000 fine. However, a person could face a prison sentence of two-and-a-half years or a $5,000 fine or both if the assault or battery is committed under certain circumstances.

One of these circumstances is if the assault or battery causes another person to suffer serious bodily injury. For the purpose of this law, serious bodily injury is defined as injury that causes a person to suffer a permanent disfigurement, a substantial risk of death or the impairment or loss of an organ, limb or bodily function. Another circumstance is if the victim of the assault or battery is pregnant and the accused knows so. Finally, if there is a restraining or no contact order in effect against the accused when the alleged acts of assault or battery occurs, then the accused could face a five-year prison sentence, a two-and-a-half sentence to a house of correction, a $5,000 fine or both.

Crimes of assault and battery can result in serious penalties. Facing a judge with these penalties hanging over your head can be intimidating. Therefore, those who are facing such charges may want to get more information to develop a solid defense strategy.

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