What Are the Laws Associated With Indecent Assault and Battery? Massachusetts Lawyers at the Law Offices of Murphy & Rudolf, LLP Can Help You Understand Your Rights, the Legal Process, and Will Represent You in Court
Have you or a loved one been arrested for indecent assault and battery? Massachusetts lawyers at the law offices of Murphy & Rudolf, LLP can help.
It is recommended that a criminal defense lawyer is consulted after an arrest. Involving a highly-trained lawyer as soon as possible will help protect your rights while the evidence against you is being investigated.
Our lawyers will research and prepare your case with diligence and precision. This preparation allows for a strong defense that exposes the weakness of the prosecution’s case.
The state of Massachusetts has two different types of sexual assault crimes: indecent assault and battery, and aggravated sexual assault. The state has a variety of sexual assault, ranging in severity depending on the victim or victims involved, and the prior record of the arrestee.
Our Legal Team Can Help With Arrests for the Following Types of Indecent Assault and Battery Laws in Massachusetts
Massachusetts has five main elements of indecent sexual assault and battery, according to Massachusetts general laws. These include the following codes:
Section 13B: “Whoever commits an indecent assault and battery on a child under the age of 14 shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for not more than 10 years, or by imprisonment in the house of correction for not more than 21/2 years. A prosecution commenced under this section shall neither be continued without a finding nor placed on file.”
“In a prosecution under this section, a child under the age of 14 years shall be deemed incapable of consenting to any conduct of the defendant for which such defendant is being prosecuted.”
Section 13B 1/2 and Section 13B 3/4 have some nuanced differences, including records of previous offenses.
Section 13F: “Whoever commits an assault and battery on a person with an intellectual disability knowing such person to have an intellectual disability shall for the first offense be punished by imprisonment in a house of correction for not more than two and one-half years or by imprisonment in the state prison for not more than five years; and, for a second or subsequent offense, by imprisonment in the state prison for not more than ten years.”
Section 13H: “Whoever commits an indecent assault and battery on a person who has attained age fourteen shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for not more than five years, or by imprisonment for not more than two and one-half years in a jail or house of correction.”
Do you or a loved one need a lawyer because of an arrest for indecent assault and battery? Massachusetts lawyers at the law offices of Murphy & Rudolf, LLP can help.
Whether you have been arrested for the first time, are facing felonious criminal charges, or think you are the focus of a criminal investigation, all of these issues will require the attention of a skilled and experienced Worcester criminal defense lawyer from our firm.
Call us at (508) 570-3037 to request a completely free and confidential consultation. We can discuss your case and begin to determine which legal options are available to you at this time. And we are always prepared to go to trial and fight for the best possible outcome for you.
*Note: All citations from the specific codes from The 190th General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts website.