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Concord Domestic Assault and Battery Lawyer

What happens if you face a Domestic Assault and Battery Charge and will have to attend Court in Concord District Court? Many who are charged with domestic assault and battery have no prior record; typically, your wife or girlfriend who the police claim is the victim wishes the following:

  1. That the charges were dropped
  2. That you were never arrested;
  3. And believes this was a misunderstanding.

While these feeling are common, domestic assault and battery charges require some time to resolve in court. While it may seem that a rush to judgment led to the charges being brought, we will have to go through the following court process to get the charges dismissed. Attorney DelSignore has handled many cases of domestic assault and battery in Concord and throughout Massachusetts and can guide you through the process.

How do you get a Domestic Assault and Battery charge dismissed?

The ultimate goal is to get the case scheduled for trial; that is where these cases get dismissed. Unfortunately, it does take some time to get a trial date. Attorney DelSignore would typically put the case on for bench trial to move the case through the court system faster.

Most people thing that because the alleged victim is not on board the case should be dropped on the first court date. Even though the victim may wish that you were never charged and even disagree with the police report, the Commonwealth will not drop the charges. The reason is that they have policies on domestic assault and battery cases. Each of these cases are handled the same regardless of circumstances.

You will be arraigned, being advised of the charges and given another court date for what is called pretrial conference. At the pretrial, the District Attorney should provide all information to you about the case, commonly referred to as discovery. This may include police reports, witness statements and 911 calls.

In many cases, a bench trial date can be scheduled after the trial conference where the case would likely be dropped if the victim is not on board with the case.

But that is not always the case:

Here are some circumstances where the Commonwealth may attempt to prosecute you even if the so-called victim wants the charges dropped.

  1. You have a criminal record of prior domestic violence charges;
  2. There is a 911 call made close in time of the incident. This 911 call can be played in court even without the victim testifying if a judge finds that the playing of the tape would not violate your rights under the 6th Amendment.
  3. There is a witness to what happened who can testify in court; minor children are typically not called to testify in domestic violence cases involving their parents.
  4. You confessed to hitting your spouse, family member or girlfriend.
  5. There is physical evidence indicating that a domestic assault and battery occurred.
What about CWOF—should I accept a CWOF on a domestic assault and battery?

You may have heard people in court receive a CWOF on criminal charges and told by the judge that if they stay out of trouble there will be no criminal conviction. A CWOF, also known as a continuance without a finding, is an admission to a domestic assault and battery charge. In some cases, it might be the best way to resolve your case, but for the vast majority of people, it is not the appropriate resolution of the case.

Any non-citizen should not accept a CWOF because it would likely result in deportation on a domestic assault and battery charge.

If the alleged victim is not willing to testify, in many cases the case will get dismissed. While Prosecutors can proceed with a case without the alleged victim, there are two reasons this does not always happen:

  1. Prosecutors have discretion not to use a 911 call when the circumstances of the incident justify allowing the case to get dismissed.
  2. We can file a motion objecting to the use of the 911 call under the 6th Amendment to the United States Constitution.

Attorney DelSignore will guide you through the court process and help you achieve your goal when charged with a domestic assault and battery in Concord District Court, a dismissal of the charges.

Call or text anytime at 781-686-5924; at DelSignore Law, we are always here to help; it is never too early or late to call.

Client Reviews
Michael was very professional and explained the process clearly and told us to be patient. After one year the charges got dismissed in the trial. Excellent knowledge of the court systems in the area of Boston. Would highly recommend him Ashwani
A careless decision on my part left me facing charges which would have severely hampered my ability to stay employed and support myself. But attorney DelSignore's skillful analysis and challenging of the evidence against me resulted in a conviction on a lesser charge. Now I'll be able to go on with my life, having learned a lesson I'll never forget. Thank you, Michael. Scott
Mike stuck with my case for 3.5 years and always kept me informed regarding the status. Ultimately, because of his due diligence, we ended up with an OUI not guilty verdict. This case could have gone many ways but his thorough review of the case and exceptional preparedness for trial ultimately drove a positive outcome. Thank you Mike! David
Michael DelSignore did an amazing job with my case! He was always available to answer any questions I had and helped walked me through the entire process. I could not have done it without them! I highly recommend choosing this law firm to deal with your legal needs, you will not be dissatisfied. Ashley
I cannot express the gratitude towards Michael for his amazing work and help. It was a very stressful event and they certainly put me at as much ease as possible. From start to finish it took 14 months and all the way through they were both very engaged with me. Today was worth the wait, Michael was great in court and I was rightfully found not guilty. I would recommend Michael over and over again. Claire