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What is Mayhem in Massachusetts?

In Massachusetts, the criminal charge of mayhem may be brought against someone if they intentionally maim or disfigure another person. This can be cutting out another person’s tongue, destroying someone’s eye, or tearing off another person’s ear. Mayhem is a very particular crime, so it is crucial that you hire an experienced Massachusetts criminal defense attorney to help defend your case in court.

What Does the Prosecution have to Prove for the Crime of Mayhem?

  • The defendant acted with a malicious intent to maim or disfigure; and
  • The defendant cut, destroyed, or disabled a limb or member of another person

You can also be convicted of mayhem if you disfigured someone and had the intent to do so.

You may also be charged with mayhem if you were present during the act of mayhem, and/or assisted the perpetrator of the assault. In this case, the state must prove that you were present during the assault, that you aided in the assault, and that you were aware of the other person(s) malicious intent to maim or disfigure the other party.

What are the Possible Penalties if Convicted?

  • imprisonment for no more than 20 years
  • a fine of no more than $1,000, or imprisonment for no less than 2.5 years

If you have been charged with mayhem, you could be facing jail time, or a large fine. There are defenses that can be argued in court. The most common defense for mayhem is a lack of malicious intent. For example, if the defendant was in a physical altercation with someone, and in the process, disfigured one of his eyes. If the prosecution cannot prove the defendant intended to do so, they cannot be convicted of mayhem.

If you have been charged with mayhem, you need a criminal defense attorney on your side. Hiring an experienced Massachusetts defense attorney could be the key to getting the outcome that you want at the end of your case. Call or text me today at 617-295-7500, and let’s get started on your defense!





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