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Defending Against Violent Crime Charges in Massachusetts

Violent crimes garner the most media attention and typically do the most damage to a defendant’s reputation. If you were accused of a violent crime, don’t face the courts alone. Talk to a knowledgeable Boston violent crime lawyer from Jack Diamond Law Offices. If you work with us, we will stand beside you through your pre-trial hearings, any motions, and even the trial itself. We do our best to seek satisfactory outcomes for our clients and exonerate them from their charges. With over 20 years of legal experience — including four years as a prosecutor — our Boston violent crime attorney understands the Massachusetts court system. We also have offices in Hingham, Plymouth, and Quincy.

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Types of Violent Crimes

A violent crime typically involves some degree of coercion, forceful handling, threatening, weapon, or injurious contact. Individuals can press charges if they believe they were harmed by a violent act.

Some common violent crimes are:

What are the Penalties for Violent Crimes in Massachusetts?

Penalties for violent crimes range in severity and the penalties vary. If convicted, you could be facing jail time, fines, probation and more. Typically, crimes involving a weapon receive harsher penalties than crimes that do not. Also, the degree of injury may enhance or reduce the sentence from one of these crimes.

Defenses Against Violent Crime Charges

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A good defense can make all the difference. Many defendants simply repeat that “they didn’t do it”, but proof is necessary. If you have an alibi, this may be helpful. When witnesses are able to confirm that you were not anywhere near the crime scene, you may be released as a suspect.

Another common argument is self-defense. If you performed a violent act out of protection for yourself, another person, or your property, your charges may be lifted. You will need to prove that you had reason to believe that the attacker meant to harm you.

Lastly, many people defend their actions by claiming an accident. Unfortunate circumstances may have resulted in injury or death without any malicious intent. This is not a comprehensive list of defenses. We suggest talking with an Boston violent crime attorney to learn more about fighting your specific charges.

Need legal assistance? Contact a Boston violent crime lawyer at our office right now. We’re available 24/7 at (617) 925-6772 or online to schedule your free consultation.