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Being accused of domestic violence crimes in Massachusetts is a serious matter that can have dramatic repercussions. Because these are acts of violence or threats against those in the family or intimate relationships, such as spouses, household members, or dating partners, law enforcement and courts act aggressively to protect these individuals. Law enforcement is required to make arrests on the scene after being called in on a domestic abuse case when they believe a crime has been committed. These arrests may be based on little or no concrete evidence other than the accuser’s allegations. Because of the severity of the penalties you could be facing, it is essential that you seek legal representation as soon as possible.
At the law office of Attorney Andrew H. P. Norton, our Bridgewater domestic violence attorney is backed by 30 years of experience in serving the needs of individuals in our local communities. You can rely on individualized service and support throughout the entirety of your case. At our firm, we return calls within 24 hours and give your case the full attention and thoroughness you deserve. Our mission is to protect your rights and design a defense that will give you the best chance of a favorable result.
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“Domestic violence” is a catchall term for various crimes that are committed against family and household members. These crimes include acts of violence as well as threats of violence that put the alleged victim in fear of imminent harm.
Those individuals who can be involved in domestic violence crimes are outlined under Massachusetts law as follows:
- Spouses and former spouses
- Individuals residing together in the same household
- Individuals who are or were related by marriage or blood
- Those who have a child in common regardless of marital status or whether they have lived together
- Those in current or former dating relationships
Common domestic violence crimes include assault and assault and battery. Assault consists of a show of physical force to be directed at the alleged victim. You do not have to make physical contact with the victim to be charged with assault. For example, raising your fist as if you are about to punch is an assault.
Assault and battery occurs when you make actual contact with the victim through a violent act, such as kicking, shoving, grabbing by the hair, etc. These are acts that are likely to injure or cause harm to the victim.