Domestic Violence Defense
Domestic Assault and Battery
Domestic assault and battery, or assault and battery on a family or household member, is one of the most commonly charged crimes in Massachusetts District Courts. Domestic violence charges can result from many different situations. Lowell Domestic Violence Attorney Ryan Sullivan has represented hundreds of people charged with domestic assault and battery and similar offenses.
When a person is charged with assault and battery on a family member or roommate, the charges can end up being more severe. Often judges will order anger management, special evaluations, or “certified batterers” programs as a condition of probation. These programs can be costly, time consuming, and may result in problems in the future. In some cases, the prosecutor may be seeking jail time. For all of these reasons, having a committed and experienced attorney on your side is important from the beginning.
When there is a weapon involved (even a shoe), the victim is pregnant, or the person hit had an active restraining order, the penalties get more severe. Massachusetts has passed tougher domestic violence laws recently that have made many offenses that would have been misdemeanors in the past now felony charges. This only increases the need for a vigorous and zealous defense to the charges.
Attorney Sullivan has represented countless people as they face charges of domestic violence. His ability to cross-examine the witnesses, point out problems with the prosecutor’s theory, and aggressively advocate for his clients are why he is continually sought after to handle these offenses.
Why You Need an Attorney in Your Case
Attorney Sullivan has been working with domestic violence cases ever since he first started his criminal defense practice in Lowell. He understands that these cases can arise for a variety of reasons: an argument that gets out of hand, a misunderstanding by police that the fight was mutual, or in some cases someone using the police as a tool in a breakup or divorce. As a result, there are cases of domestic assault and battery which should not be prosecuted and where the alleged victim says that they do not want to testify.
Despite this, Mr. Sullivan always recommends getting an attorney. This is because the prosecutor can still proceed on the charges despite a victim wanting to “drop the charges” and saying they will not “press charges.” By the time you are in a courthouse, the state is proceeding with the case, not the victim. Their desire is not always honored by the police. An attorney with years of experience handling these types of cases can advise you on the smartest way to proceed to get the best result possible.
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Call a Skilled Lowell Domestic Violence Attorney Today
If you or a loved one is charged with a domestic violence offense, call (617) 997-7597 or e-mail Attorney Sullivan to schedule a free consultation. He has personally handled domestic violence cases in the Lowell, Ayer, Concord, Lawrence, Woburn, Haverhill, and Newburyport District Courts as well as the Middlesex Superior Court. Having an attorney who has handled these cases from investigation all the way through jury trial can make all the difference. You need a Lowell domestic violence attorney who is willing to fight for you. Ryan Sullivan will fight for you.
To learn more, visit our page on common issues in domestic violence cases.
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