What Happens If Convicted Of Domestic Violence?
Massachusetts law imposes serious penalties for a domestic violence conviction. Someone charged with assaulting a relative or member of their household could be sent to jail or prison. An adverse outcome can also negatively affect your parental rights, your career and your reputation..
Attorney David Yannetti and the associates of the Yannetti Criminal Defense Law Firm in Boston regularly defend clients against domestic violence charges. He and the rest of our experienced criminal defense team are prepared to guide you through the criminal justice system, stand up for your rights as a defendant and seek a just outcome to your case.
What Are The Consequences Of Getting Convicted Of Domestic Violence In Massachusetts?
State law imposes a sentence of up to two and a half years in prison for a first offense, or a fine of up to $5,000, or both. For a second or subsequent conviction, the penalty can increase to up to five years in prison. In addition, you will be prohibited from buying or possessing a firearm – and will likely have your license to carry and/or FID card revoked or suspended.
Separately, you could be subject to a restraining order preventing you from seeing or contacting your spouse and your children. With a domestic violence conviction on your record, it could be difficult to get a job, be approved for a loan or find a decent place to live. In other words, a conviction can unfortunately follow you long after you have paid your debt to society.
Effective Criminal Defense Against Domestic Assault Accusations
Our lawyers know the negative consequences that a domestic violence conviction can have on your life. That is why we work to make sure you have a fair chance at getting the charges reduced or dismissed. Domestic violence cases often come down to one person’s word against the other’s. While many criminal cases settle before trial, our primary goal is a dismissal. Prosecutors know that a defendant represented by our firm is represented by a zealous and skilled advocate. Our representation in and of itself can oftentimes bring lenient recommendations by a district attorney’s office. They know that we are always willing to take your case to trial rather than recommending that over clients accept an overly harsh plea deal. If you chose another law firm and have been unfortunately convicted of a crime as a result, we can also help you appeal a wrongful conviction.