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Jury Finds Client NOT GUILTY of Domestic Violence in Fall River

On February 16, 2023, Attorney Matthew Peterson defended a client charged with assault and battery on a family/household member at a jury trial in Fall River District Court.  After a one-day jury trial, the jury found our client NOT GUILTY. Our client was charged with getting into a physical fight with his live-in girlfriend.  She […]

What is a Restraining Order?

If you are considering filing a restraining order, you need an experienced attorney to help, because you may need to appear in court for a hearing. While you can file for a restraining order yourself, if you feel that you are being harassed, stalked, or abused, that is an extremely serious matter. Having an attorney who knows […]

What Could Cause a Gun License Suspension?

In Massachusetts, your gun license can be suspended if the licensing authority determines that you may be a threat to public safety. Below are some examples of circumstances that may cause your firearms license to be suspended: Misdemeanor domestic violence or assault arrest; OUI or other alcohol-related offenses arrest; A restraining order; Living in the same […]

Can I Drive for Uber/Lyft if I’m Arrested?

If you’re arrested, you could lose your license to operate for Uber/Lyft.  This is even before you’re convicted.  I am an attorney who has helped people get their license to operate a rideshare back after their arrest. Massachusetts regulations, 220 CMR 274, provides that if you’re charged with certain crimes, your license to operate a […]

What Should I Do if I’m Charged with Violating a Restraining Order?

If you are charged with violating a restraining order, there are defenses that can be argued in court, but hiring a defense attorney is crucial to the success of your case. In most cases, the evidence that someone has violated the terms of a restraining order comes from the testimony of the alleged victim, and […]

Attorney Matthew W. Peterson Selected as a 2022 Super Lawyers Rising Star

I am thrilled to announce that I have been selected as a Super Lawyers Rising Star for the year 2022! Super Lawyers selects attorneys for this honor using a patented, multiphase selection process involving nominations, independent research on the nominated attorney, and peer evaluation. Verdicts, pro bono and community service, and experience, are just a […]

Will a Domestic Violence Conviction Affect My Gun Rights?

Domestic violence charges will severely affect your gun rights.  Permanently. A domestic violence conviction will prevent you from ever legally carrying a gun.  This is according to both Massachusetts and Federal law.  If you later carry a gun after being convicted of domestic violence, you could be subject to serious federal and state charges. This […]

What Is Assault and Battery on a Family or Household Member in Massachusetts?

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Assault and battery on a family or household member is a misdemeanor in Massachusetts, for a first-time offense.  It can become a felony if you have been previously convicted of the same offense. If you are charged with assault and battery on a family or household member, you need an attorney who can help you […]

Domestic Violence Charges DISMISSED in Attleboro District Court

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On October 29, 2021, our client’s domestic violence charges were DISMISSED in Attleboro District Court.  The Commonwealth could not prove the case on the trial date, so the district court judge dismissed the charges. Our client was charged with assault and battery on a family or household member for an incident that happened more than […]

How Do I Win My Domestic Violence Case?

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To win your domestic violence case, you need to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney.  You could be facing not only jail time but loss of your rights and your future.  You don’t want to leave this up to chance. Call or text me today at (617) 295-7500, and let’s get started on your defense. […]