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A conviction for assault and battery can have a lasting impact on your life. You may have to spend a significant amount of time in jail or prison in addition to paying fines and complying with the extreme limitations imposed by probation. You may also be required to attend an anger management class or substance abuse counseling program, and all of this can be extremely unfortunate to endure if you were unfairly charged or convicted.

The Law Office of Brett V. Beaubien is dedicated to helping clients protect their rights and seek justice if they are facing criminal charges. Our experienced assault and battery attorney in Massachusetts understands the complexities of these types of cases and can provide clients with the aggressive legal representation they need to ensure that their rights are protected throughout the process. 

We use our knowledge and experience to challenge the prosecution’s evidence and pursue any possible interpretations of the law that could benefit our clients. We are also committed to helping you find a successful resolution to your case so that you can move forward with your life.

If you are facing assault and battery charges, don’t hesitate to call The Law Office of Brett V. Beaubien at (401) 246-8579 and request a free consultation.


In Massachusetts, assault and battery are actually two separate criminal offenses that are often charged together. Assault refers to the threat of physical harm or an attempt to cause physical harm while battery is when this threat is actually carried out and someone is physically harmed in the process. 

The penalties for each can vary depending on factors such as the severity of the crime, prior convictions, and more. In general, assault is considered a misdemeanor, and battery is considered a felony. In cases of domestic violence, the penalties are often more severe as they involve victims who may have an existing relationship with the accused. 

It’s important to note that it’s best to consult with an experienced attorney if you find yourself facing either of these charges or were charged with both. Your Massachusetts assault and battery attorney can provide advice and guidance on the most effective way to defend your freedom.

What Are the Penalties for Assault & Battery in Massachusetts? 

A conviction for misdemeanor assault and battery can result in a sentence of up to two-and-a-half years or less time in jail while convictions for felony assault and battery are sentenced to at least three years in prison.

Judges may impose sentences between three and five years in prison if: 

  • The assault and battery caused serious bodily injury 
  • The defendant knew the victim was aware (or should have been aware) of the alleged victim’s pregnancy 
  • The alleged victim was disabled 
  • The alleged victim was at least 60 years old 
  • The defendant was accused of violating a restraining order or a similar court order 
  • The defendant allegedly injured a child who was younger than 14 
  • The defendant faces a second conviction for domestic violence assault 

Felony convictions can increase to 10-15 years in prison when serious bodily injury occurred to an alleged victim who was disabled, an elderly person, a child younger than 14, or a police officer. 

Mandatory Minimum Sentencing 

When an assault and battery occurred under certain circumstances, mandatory minimum sentences apply. 

For example, if assault and battery was committed against a public employee, EMT, ambulance staff, or health care worker who was engaged in their work duties, a mandatory minimum sentence of 90 days in jail applies.

If you are concerned about special circumstances of your situation that may trigger a mandatory minimum sentence, it’s important to express your concern with your assault and battery attorney in Massachusetts. 

Contact Us for a Free Consultation 

At The Law Office of Brett V. Beaubien, we understand how stressful it can be to face assault and battery charges. That’s why we offer a free initial consultation so that our clients can get the answers they need and learn more about the legal options available to them. We believe that everyone should have access to experienced legal counsel regardless of their financial situation, and our initial consultation allows us to provide that. 

Through this consultation, we’ll be able to discuss the facts of your case and explore all available legal options. Our experienced attorneys can work with you to ensure the best outcome possible is reached in your case. You can trust that The Law Office of Brett V. Beaubien has your best interests in mind when it comes to defending against assault and battery charges. 

Contact us today to find out more about our free initial consultation and how we can help you. We look forward to helping you protect your rights.

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