An assault charge in the Massachusetts generally constitutes a threat of violence, not the actual contact. Battery refers to the actual physical contact of another person, with or without their consent. Actual physical harm does not have to occur in order for an assault and battery charge to be filed. As long as the alleged threat is followed by some type of physical action, such as attempting to push someone, it is enough for an arrest or complaint to be made. Massachusetts General Law, Chapter 265 Section 13A states that a person who is found guilty of assault and battery shall be punished by imprisonment for not more than two and a half years in a house of correction or by a fine of not more than $1,000.00.

More serious versions of Assault and Battery Charges include:

• Aggravated Assault and Battery
• Assault and Battery Upon a Child
• Assault and Battery with a Deadly Weapon
• Assault with Intent to Commit a Felon
• Assault with Intent to Commit Rape
• Assault with Intent to Kill
• Assault with Intent to Rob or Murder
• Domestic Assault and Battery
• Vehicular Assault
• Indecent Assault and Battery

Assault and Battery charges can be filed as a either a misdemeanor or a felony offense. A felony offense carries more severe punishment then a misdemeanor. Regardless of the type of charge, assault and battery is a very serious charge in Massachusetts and not one you should try to resolve on your own. Contact the Law Office of Attorney Robert W. Nolan to discuss the specific charges that you are facing to determine the potential risks and defenses.