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Assault Defense Lawyer in Salem, MA

Salem, MA Criminal Defense Attorney

Have you been accused of an assault crime? A violent crime conviction such as assault could have a devastating impact and leave you with a criminal record. Not only could it cost you your freedom and limit your future career options, but you could also be forced to pay steep fines. Not to mention, your reputation could be permanently tarnished. Facing assault or aggravated assault charges can leave you feeling anxious and afraid, especially if this is your first encounter with the law.

Be sure to contact an aggressive defense lawyer immediately following your arrest so that you have a fair chance at beating your charges. My firm can help you even the playing field and increase your chances of success. Contact my Salem office today for a complimentary case evaluation to get started on your case.

What is considered assault in Massachusetts?

To put it simply, you can be charged with assault if you demonstrate violent behavior and threaten to hurt someone. There are a few different types of assault and the crime of assault does not actually require you to physically touch or injure someone. The other person only has to believe that you plan to apprehend or injure them.

In Massachusetts there are four different types of assault charges, including:

  • Simple Assault- Misdemeanor
  • Assault- Misdemeanor
  • Aggravated Assault - Felony
  • Assault with a Dangerous Weapon- Felony

What are the penalties for assault in MA?

In Massachusetts assault is punishable for up to 2 ½ years in prison as well as a $1,000 fine. Aggravated assault is a felony offense which means that the penalties grow more severe. When charged with aggravated assault you could possibly be sentenced to 5 years in prison, 2 ½ years in a house of correction and/or pay a fine up to $5,000.

When you commit the assault crime while carrying a dangerous weapon, then the penalties grow significantly. For the most severe form of assault you could be subject to 10 years of imprisonment along with 2 ½ years spent in the house of corrections. You can also be charged with mayhem if you commit the crime with the intent to permanently scar or disfigure the other person. If you are convicted of mayhem, then you could spend the next 20 years in prison.

Possible Defenses for Assault Crimes

Facing assault charges? If so, don't lose hope! There are several potential defenses that I could implement in your case. The most common defense strategies include:

  1. Claiming Self-Defense- Under certain circumstances people are allowed to act out in self-defense. The court must find that it was a "reasonable" response to the situation.
  2. Jumping to Defend Another- You are allowed to engage another person with a certain amount of force in order to protect someone else. You can only use the same amount of force that you would use to protect yourself.
  3. Defending Your Property- If you were at home and you felt your property needed to be defended, then it could be permitted. This is known as the "Castle Doctrine."

Get a Former Police Officer to Represent You

As a former law enforcement officer and former prosecutor I am intimately familiar with the criminal code in Massachusetts. I know what defense we will be able to use in your case and I can help you build an impenetrable defense. When I take on a case I don't simply represent my clients, I aim to rescue them from their current situation. My firm can fight for your freedom, so call today. Contact my Salem office for a free consultation now!

KRP Law, LLC - Salem, MA Criminal Defense Attorney
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