On October 19, 2022, the Law Office of Matthew Peterson secured a NOT GUILTY verdict for our client charged with assault and battery on a child under 14. Our client was charged with sexually abusing his daughter.
He was facing potential jail time of up to two and a half years, but also registering as a sex offender for the rest of his life.
Prior to trial, attorney Peterson argued pre-trial motions to exclude certain evidence from the jury. This included hearsay evidence from other witnesses and prior unfounded allegations against the defendant.
Attorney Peterson took the case to a jury trial in Chelsea District Court. Attorney Peterson cross-examined the complaining witness and pointed out contradictions between her testimony and her prior statements. Additionally, he pointed out reasons why the alleged victim may have lied, including her animosity toward her father and current situation in her life.
Furthermore, there was a significant delay between the alleged incidents and when the complaining witness came forward to the police.
After arguing all of these factors to the jury, they agreed that the Commonwealth had not proven their case beyond a reasonable doubt. The jury found the defendant NOT GUILTY.
After facing these charges for more than two years, the defendant was discharged and allowed to resume his life.
If you are facing serious charged, including for sexual assault, you can count on Attorney Peterson to vigorously defend you. Contact him at 617-295-7500 by phone or text to get started on your case.