Alejandro Lopez is being charged with Assault And Battery With A Dangerous Weapon in the Cambridge District Court after stabbing a co-worker last week. According to reports Lopez and an unidentified man got into an argument at the Superior Nut Company Factory where the two worked. Lopez then stabbed the man and went back to work; at all times working with the knife he used to stab the victim. When the police arrived at the scene they observed the victim soaked with blood. He identified Lopez as the assailant just after getting into the ambulance. The case is pending in the Cambridge District Court.
Assault and Battery By Means of a Dangerous Weapon is a felony in Massachusetts. The statute prohibiting this act is Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 265 Section 15A. The statute provides for a two and one half year jail sentence or a ten year state prison sentence if convicted. Punishment for a conviction of this offense typically defends on the severity of the injuries suffered by the victim, the defendant's criminal record and the conduct of the complaining witness. Assuming that the victim is not seriously injured in this case and the defendant does not have a significant criminal record the prosecution will probably continue in the district court. Defenses to these charges vary depending on the intent of the defendant, his actions and the conduct of the person who got stabbed. I have seen self-defense and accident work successfully as defenses to this charge on several occasions in the past. The fact that Lopez remained on the job and continued to work is somewhat significant and might factor heavily in the defense or disposition of this case.
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