Abuse-related offenses in Massachusetts are crimes that involve one person harming another. The resulting harm from abuse can be either physical or mental, including emotional distress and mental illness.
As part of my criminal defense practice since 2002, I defend those charged with all forms of abuse. If you’ve been charged with abuse, you need an experienced defense attorney willing to take your case seriously, and who will work tenaciously on your behalf.
I represent criminal defense clients throughout Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
Some of the most common abuse crimes are annoying/accosting a person of the opposite sex, criminal harassment, threats and stalking. All of these crimes involve offending or causing discomfort to another.
Generally, abuse crimes are committed through disorderly acts or words including:
The conduct is criminal if it can be found that the average person would be offended or emotionally distressed by the behavior. The government must show that the offender behaved in this manner willfully or purposefully to cause the reaction of the victim.
In the cases of stalking, the abuse act can take place through:
For these acts to be illegal, they must be accompanied by a threat of death or serious bodily injury. Criminal stalking must be done intentionally by the offender. This means the offender is committing the offense on purpose or to seek revenge on his/her victim.
When deciding if a particular instance of stalking constitutes a crime, courts look at whether t the average person would foresee the harmful effects; not necessarily whether the particular offender foresaw the effects.
Specifically, in Massachusetts, the Government must prove the following for each of these offenses:
Annoying and Accosting Persons of the Opposite Sex:
Depending on the charge and State that you are charged in, there are varying degrees of punishment.
Annoying or accosting another can result in fines of up to $200 and/or imprisonment for up to 6 months if charged in the State of Massachusetts.
Threats can result in a fine and/or imprisonment for up to 6 months if charged in the State of Massachusetts.
Criminal harassment carries a harsher penalty of in fines of up to $1,000 and/or 2.5 years of imprisonment in the State of Massachusetts.
Stalking is the most serious of these offenses and results in imprisonment for up to 5 years and/or a fine of up to $1,000, in the State of Massachusetts.
For more information on these and other offenses, please refer to other sections of my website that describe these offenses in greater detail.
As a criminal defense attorney since 2002, I am experience at defending the rights of those charged with criminal offenses. Please call me to schedule a free consultation at (978) 851-5145 and learn how I can help.