Domestic Assault and Battery
As a Massachusetts Domestic Assault and Battery Lawyer, Attorney DelSignore has been handling domestic assault and battery cases for years. I understand your concerns, worries and questions have helped countless people in your situation.
Here are the top questions those have frequently ask:
- Can the case get dismissed on the first date, my wife, girlfriend or family members regrets calling the police and wants the charges dropped?
- Do I need to hire a lawyer
- What will happen in court
A Domestic Assault and Battery charge in Massachusetts will not be resolved on the first date, the arraignment date, in most cases. Even if the alleged victim, regrets calling the police and wants the case dismissed, district attorneys are slow to dismiss these cases once charges are filed. Often, the parties are back together before the first court date, making it appear as though the charge will be quickly dismissed. But this is far from the case. In many cases, you will have to set the case down for trial prior to the case getting dismissed or have the complaining witness come in during a pretrial hearing. If the complaining witnesses decides to exercise their martial privilege, or fifth amendment privilege, there may not be enough evidence for the Commonwealth to prosecute the case.Can the Commonwealth prosecute a domestic assault and battery if my wife or girlfriend is not willing to testify?
Even if the alleged victim does not wish to go forward with the case, the prosecutor will still attempt to pursue the charges, relying on other evidence to prove the case.
As a Domestic Assault and Battery Lawyer in Massachusetts, it is common for the prosecutor to rely on the following elements to prove a case without the involvement of the alleged victim:
- A 911 Call
- A confession of the defendant
- Observations of other witnesses.
Many times the victim of an assault and battery charge may have a motive to fabricate the charges in order to get back at the accused.
This sometimes occurs during divorce proceedings, custody disputes or break up of relationships. If the victim does wish to proceed with the case, you will need to prepare a defense showing the motivation of the victim to fabricate in order to contest her testimony at trial.
- Self defense. In a self-defense case, a defense attorney can obtain prior violent acts of the alleged victim to argue that the victim was the aggressor. In the case of Commonwealth v. Adjutant, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court allowed criminal defense attorneys to admit this evidence at trial to support a claim of self defense.
- Fabrication by the victim
- Ulterior motivation to lie or try to use the criminal process for some improper purpose.
In addition to potential jail time, a domestic assault and battery charges with it potentially restrictive probation terms including attendance at an anger management program or a certified batter’s program. The certified batter’s program is a very long and intensive program that is time consuming and is a very onerous condition of probation.What is the next step I should take?
A domestic assault and battery is a serious criminal charge. If you are charged with a domestic assault and battery do not talk to anyone, call DelSignore Law and schedule a phone appointment to discuss your case with either Attorney DelSignore or Attorney Julie Gaudreau.
- Call us to set up a free, no-obligation consultation to discuss a domestic assault and battery charge. You can call Attorney Delsignore directly at 781-686-5924.
- Download Attorney DelSignore’s FREE book on Domestic Assault and Battery Charges to read about your charge in more detail and get the answers to all your questions.
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