In the state of Massachusetts, as is true in most states, law enforcement
officials take the crime of domestic violence extremely seriously. In
suspected domestic violence cases they, along with prosecuting attorneys,
work diligently to see that anyone guilty of domestic violence is prosecuted
to the fullest extent of the law. This is because, according to data compiled
by Jane Doe Inc. and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, there
have been 250 domestic violence related homicides in the state of Massachusetts
between 2003 and the end of 2011.
However, one of the main difficulties law enforcement has when investing
domestic violence cases is that there are often no third party witnesses.
It is one person's word against the other. To aid responding officers
in their handling of domestic violence cases, the Massachusetts Executive
Office of Public Safety and Security has issued detailed Domestic Violence
Law Enforcement Guidelines. Despite this fact, domestic violence cases
are not black and white. Should your case go before a judge, the judge
will determine the penalties based on a variety of factors including whether
or not previous charges were filed, how violent the abuse was, how long
the abuse has continued, the nature of the violent acts, your relationship
to the victim, and more.
If you have been accused of, or arrested for, domestic violence in the
Quincy, MA area, I advise you to consult with a skilled criminal defense
attorney at Flanagan & Associates as soon as possible. Time is of
the essence in such cases and having a knowledgeable attorney representing
your best interests is vital. Over the years, I have amassed extensive
experience defending clients in all manner of criminal cases, including
those involving domestic violence. I am committed to my clients and will
work diligently to protect your rights and preserve your reputation.
Make no mistake, domestic violence charges can be extremely serious and
a conviction can have a permanent impact on your family, your freedom
and your future. Contact a
Quincy criminal defense lawyer
at my firm today so I can immediately begin a review of the charges against you.