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Worcester Assault Lawyer

Being charged with assault or assault and battery in Massachusetts can have serious and long-lasting consequences. That is why you should consider immediately contacting a qualified Worcester assault lawyer if you are accused of or charged with such a crime. A capable criminal defense attorney could devote the time and resources necessary to pursue a positive outcome for you.

The Difference Between Assault and Assault and Battery

Although many states have now combined the two into one crime, an assault is still a separate and distinct crime from assault and battery under the Massachusetts criminal classification system.

An assault in Worcester, Massachusetts involves an attempt to use physical force against another, or the demonstration of an intent to use harmful force against another. Some examples of what could constitute an assault in Worcester include:

  • A thrown punch that does not contact the other person
  • Threatening someone with an open knife even though no contact is made
  • Running at someone with a baseball bat in a way that makes them believe they are going to be struck
Assault and Battery

An assault and battery, on the other hand, is an assaultive action that also involves some sort of harmful or offensive contact with another person without that person’s consent. Battery in Worcester can include actions such as:

  • Pushing someone out of the way in a public place
  • Striking someone with a punch
  • Throwing an object at someone and hitting them
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Different Levels of Assault in Worcester

The outcome of an assaultive action generally determines the level of charge the perpetrator may receive. An assault will likely be classified as a simple assault if it only involves a non-contact threat, but it could be deemed an aggravated assault if the perpetrator used a weapon or the alleged victim suffered serious consequences.

Similarly, an assault and battery would likely be classified differently depending on whether the complainant suffered no bodily injury, a minor bodily injury such as a fracture or burn, a substantial bodily injury like a permanent disfigurement or an impairment of any bodily part, or a serious bodily injury such as a substantial risk of death or a loss of any bodily part.

Assaults and assault and batteries can be prosecuted as misdemeanors or felonies. The type of prosecution undertaken depends largely on the severity of harm the alleged victim of the assault suffers.

Potential Punishments

The crimes of assault or assault and battery are generally punishable by up to two and a half years in jail and a fine of up to $1,000. Additional penalties may be imposed if the alleged victim was a child, a pregnant woman, a person over the age of 60, a person with mental or physical disabilities, a police officer, a firefighter, an emergency medical technician, or an ambulance operator.

A person may also face additional consequences if they commit assault or assault and battery against a family or household member (i.e. domestic violence), or if they commit assault or assault and battery while under a restraining order. A skilled Worcester assault lawyer could attempt to mitigate the penalties that a person may face.

Civil Consequences

In many criminal cases involving assault or assault and battery, the complainant also makes civil claims against the alleged perpetrator in addition to pressing criminal charges. In such instances, the outcome of the criminal case can have a major impact on the outcome of the civil case.

How A Worcester Assault Attorney Could Help You

Cases involving assault and/or battery often have a second side of the story. Ensuring that your side of the story is heard and understood is one of the most important things that an assault attorney in Worcester could do for you.

If you are charged with any type of assault or assault and battery, you may need to consult with a Worcester assault lawyer to discuss all the options available to you. The earlier you contact an experienced attorney, the sooner they could get to work on your case and start increasing your odds of a positive outcome.

You can learn more about a domestic assault and battery charge on our website, as well as a charge of regular assault and battery.

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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
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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
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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
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Michael DelSignore did an amazing job with my case! Either him or his partner Julie 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
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I cannot express the gratitude towards both Michael and Julie for their 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 and Julie over and over again. Claire
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