Domestic Violence And Assault Charges Have Many Consequences
Maybe you lost your temper and things went too far. Maybe the other party initiated the confrontation or exaggerated what happened. The bottom line is that charges of domestic assault or any other assault and battery are very serious. In addition to jail and restraining orders, they are a huge black mark on your criminal record.
Contact the Law Office of Gregory M. Longo immediately if you have been arrested for domestic abuse or any assault crime. I can help avoid a conviction or overly harsh restraining order, and convince the court you do not pose a danger. Get a free consultation at 508-761-1285.
Domestic Assault And Restraining Order Defense
Domestic violence refers to physical actions, threats of violence or any other abuse that results in harm or causes a person to fear for their safety. It can apply to a spouse or live-in partner, a dating partner, or a parent or sibling. The actual charge of assault and battery on a family or household member is punishable by up to 2 1/2 years in jail and/or a fine of up to $5,000, so these charges must be taken seriously.
Typically, the police will put a six-hour jail hold on the accused as a “cooling off” period. Meanwhile, the victim can request an emergency protective order (209A restraining order). There will be a hearing on the temporary order as soon as the next day. It is important to have legal representation, because anything you say in the hearing can be used against you in the criminal case. I can speak for you to argue against harsh restrictions. For example, if you have children, I will fight for your right to see them or maintain contact.
I will do everything I can to avoid a jail sentence and limit the other consequences. The court routinely mandates a batterer intervention program – a 40-week course at your expense – as part of probation. I have been successful in convincing the court that a batterer’s program is unnecessary when there was no physical violence.
Assault And Battery Defense
I also handle nondomestic assault cases:
- Assault and battery – A physical confrontation with a roommate, neighbor, co-worker, stranger, etc.
- Aggravated assault and battery – Use of a weapon or causing serious injury
- Indecent assault – Sexual touching of a minor under 14, a minor 14 or over, or a vulnerable adult
Assault and battery can be a misdemeanor or felony, with the possibility of serious jail or prison time. A conviction for indecent assault carries the added possibility of registering as a sex offender. The court may order anger management or batterers intervention, plus fines and other penalties. An assault conviction on your record can affect employment, education, housing and other aspects of your life. You can also be denied the right to possess or carry a gun, at the discretion of local law enforcement.
As a former prosecutor, I know how assault cases are investigated and charged. Sometimes, I can convince the district attorney to dismiss a questionable case or bring lesser charges that fit the circumstances. If a negotiated outcome is not possible or not in your best interests, I am prepared to go to court and tell your side of the story, including legitimate defenses such as self-defense or mutual assault.
Find Out How I Can Make A Difference
Even if you hurt someone, you have rights, and one incident should not define you or ruin your future. Put my skill and experience to work for you. I take cases in New Bedford and Bristol County. For a free initial consultation, call 508-761-1285 or contact me online.