When you’ve been charged with domestic violence, it can be difficult to know what the road ahead looks like as you face serious penalties and consequences. In the state of Massachusetts, domestic violence can carry jail time. It depends on the nature of the charges and if you have a history of arrests or jail time.
The penalties can range from probation to jail time and are handled on a case-by-case basis. It’s considered to be a serious offense. You may find yourself behind bars without the ability to post bond. The crime consists of battery or assault on a family or household member. It can be anyone that you’re in a close relationship with, even if you don’t live in the same household. It may also be a spouse, child, or someone that you’re dating. This includes physical harm against another individual.
If you’re arrested for domestic violence, you’re required to spend at least six hours in jail. The judge will then evaluate the safety of the victim and will decide your bail. If the victim doesn’t want to press charges, you can still be arrested even if there isn’t any evidence supporting the accusations. Many people are arrested to ensure the victim is protected and to prevent the person from entering the home where the victim is present.
If you’re found guilty of domestic violence, it can result in jail time. For a first offense, you can face up to 2 1/2 years in jail or a House of Corrections. You may also be required to pay a $5,000 fine. If you get a second offense for domestic violence, this is a felony. You can face up to five years in state prison or be sentenced to time in the house of correction.
Even after you serve your time in jail, it can prevent you from legally owning a firearm. A domestic violence conviction can also affect your immigration status. Some people are also ordered to enroll in anger management classes or batterer’s classes. You may also be ordered to stay a specific distance away from the victim for the duration of probation.
If you’re being charged with domestic violence in Massachusetts, it’s important to obtain the services of a legal professional to ensure you’re informed of your rights and have a proper legal defense. An attorney can fight for the best possible resolution and will look at all the details of the case and any evidence. The legal professional will formulate the best possible strategy to help you get into a better position and improve the outcome of the case.
Call or text me today at 617-356-8217. I have successfully defended dozens of people charged with domestic violence.