What Happens If Convicted Of Sexual Assault?

Facing Sexual Assault Charges In Massachusetts

No matter where you are charged with sexual assault, you are dealing with serious criminal charges. Massachusetts is no exception. The most serious version of sexual assault charges can lead to a life sentence. Less severe charges nevertheless could still put you behind bars for years and require you to register as a sex offender.

Our founder David Yannetti and the rest of our experienced Boston defense attorneys at The Yannetti Criminal Defense Law Firm will protect your rights and fight for a just result to your sexual assault case. Contact us as soon as possible at 617-338-6006 for a free phone consultation with one of our attorneys about your next move.

What Are The Consequences Of A Sexual Assault Conviction?

There are two levels of sexual assault in Massachusetts: indecent assault and battery, and aggravated sexual assault. There are several categories of indecent sexual assault and battery, depending on the identity of the victim:

  • Whether the person is older or younger than 14
  • Whether the person has an intellectual disability or long-term physical disability
  • Whether the person has an age-related infirmity

A conviction for sexual assault against a person older than 14 has a maximum penalty of 5 years in prison. Otherwise, the maximum sentence possible is 10 years in prison, with a minimum sentence of 5 years if the victim is intellectually disabled. The defendant may also be required to be on the sex offenders registry.

Aggravating factors include whether the person required medical attention, if the touching involved a child younger than 14, if it occurred during the commission of certain felony crimes, or if the defendant is considered to be a mandatory reporter (e.g., a teacher). If the victim is under 14, aggravated indecent assault and battery results in a sentence of 10 years to life.

What We Can Do For Someone Facing An Assault Accusation

The stakes are high. Even if you are still under investigation, you need tough and experienced legal representation. Once you contact us, we will immediately get to work defending your civil rights. There are always things we can do to insist you receive fair treatment by the police, prosecution and courts.

Learn More About Sexual Assault Law From One Of Our Lawyers

Call The Yannetti Criminal Defense Law Firm at 617-338-6006 for a free phone consult or contact us online. With offices in Boston, Dedham and Salem, we are here to help you.