Massachusetts man facing criminal charges for alleged conduct

When people read about someone's arrest in the media, it is unfortunate that they automatically assume the person facing criminal charges must have committed the crime. When the crime is one involving assault and battery against young women, the stigma is even more pronounced and even an arrest has the potential to have long-term consequences.

A Massachusetts man may be facing these difficulties as he faces various criminal charges. According to the police, he approached three young women in the food court of a mall and placed his hands on their shoulders. Allegedly, the women told the accused to leave them alone and reported the incident to mall security. According to further reports, he gave a false name to the mall security office and then tried to leave. Apparently, he was arrested after a struggle took place. He is facing charges of assault, battery, resisting arrest and accosting.

An arrest has the potential to smear someone's reputation, affecting their relationships, employment and educational prospects. By the time someone clears their name, it may be too late to undo the damage that has been done. This is why it is important to work on one's criminal defense as soon as possible.

An arrest does not mean a conviction, and those facing criminal charges in Massachusetts should not forget that. They have certain constitutional rights that they should avail themselves of, including the right to an attorney. In certain situations, however, a criminal trial may not be the answer. An experienced attorney may be able to help create a plan for the accused to successfully protect their rights.

Source:, "PD: Man Accosted Women at Mall, Fled Police," Tim Jones, June 19, 2017

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