Of all criminal charges, those involving domestic abuse have the potential to cause the most volatile emotions - experienced by both the alleged victim and the accused. Due to the legislative and media attention given to domestic violence cases, the accused will not get the benefit of the doubt. Law enforcement personnel, prosecuting attorneys, and judges are more likely to err in favor of the alleged victim. Once the police are involved in a domestic dispute, an arrest is almost inevitable. Avoiding criminal charges at that point can seem impossible.
You are not out of options. Call our Andover domestic violence lawyer, Mark McNally at (978) 684-2847 and experience the difference that an aggressive attorney with 37 years of legal experience can make in your case.
Domestic violence is a serious crime that carries harsh penalties. Domestic violence occurs when a person causes physical harm against their spouse, child, dating partner or previous dating partner. Domestic violence also includes various forms of abuses that include sexual, financial, and emotional abuse. These are all punishable forms of abuse under Massachusetts domestic violence law. Early involvement by an Andover domestic violence defense lawyer will likely be your only hope of avoiding formal charges and maximum penalties.
Penalties for domestic violence in Massachusetts may include:
- Up to 2 1/2 years in prison and a fine of up to $1,000 for a first domestic violence conviction.
- Up to 5 years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000 if domestic abuse is committed in violation of a protection order.
- Enhanced penalties may apply for subsequent convictions or for offenses involving serious injury or a deadly weapon.
It is the relationship between an alleged victim and the accused that makes domestic violence proceedings so difficult. Emotions run high and false or exaggerated allegations may be made, which can then lead to criminal charges. When your freedom is at stake, trust your case to a highly experienced attorney. Andover criminal defense lawyer Mark McNally has tried hundreds of cases and has been protecting defendants' rights since 1980.
Contact us today at (978) 684-2847 for a free consultation.
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