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Lynn, Massachusetts police responded to a supermarket after receiving a report of alleged criminal activity. They arrived to find Maria Rios of in a bathroom, crying. She complained that her boyfriend, Hector Diaz accused her of doing drugs and punching her in her while riding in Diaz’s car. Rios was uncooperative with the police. However, while at the police station, Diaz arrived with cuts on his neck and face. He was bleeding. Diaz claimed that it was Rios who threw the punches and caused his injuries. Both Diaz and Rios were arrested. They have been charged with Domestic Assault and Battery. The case will be prosecuted in the Lynn District Court.

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Cases like this one are often easy to defend. In Domestic Assault and Battery matters identifying the culpable party can be hard to determine. Initially, one of the parties will report being assaulted by the other. Sometimes the accused will file a cross-application for a complaint claiming that he or she was the victim. If there are not witnesses to the alleged crime than the prosecution might not know who to prosecute. By the time the case is set for trial both parties are apt to invoke their Fifth Amendment privilege assuming the privilege is available. At this point the prosecution will be unable to proceed and the case or cases will be dismissed. In this case both Rios and Diaz have a privilege against self-incrimination. Their Massachusetts Criminal Lawyers will probably have them invoke their respective privileges and the cases against both will be dismissed.

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This past weekend Thomas Frechette of Saugus, Massachusetts was found outside of his home by police officers responding to his wife’s emergency call. Reports claim that Frechette”s wife was found locked in the upstairs bathroom of her home. She told police that she and Frechette had argued after which he pushed her, grabbed her and kicked her. Frechette had been drinking and admitted to police that he and his wife had been in a fight. Frechette’s wife told the police that he owned firearms in the trunk of his car and that during the fight he had threatened to kill her. Apparently Frechette keeps the car in which the firearms are stored in Malden. He has been charged in the Lynn District Court with Domestic Assault and Battery and Threatening to Commit a Crime. No Gun Charges have been filed however the police are applying for a Search Warrant to search the car for the weapons.

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Frechette’s defense in this case will largely depend on what his wife intends to do. Cases of Domestic Assault and Battery in Massachusetts are often impossible to prove without the cooperation and testimony of the victim. In Massachusetts spouses have an absolute privilege not to testify against their spouse. Thus, absent independent witnesses this case might be difficult to prove. The same logic applies for the gun charges that might issue. Even if the police find guns in Frechette’s trunk they will not likely be able to prove they were his without some corroboration. In this case, corroboration would come from the wife, the person who alerted the officers to their existence in the first place.

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David Marchant, a Boston Police Officer living in Dorchester, Massachusetts is facing charges of Domestic Assault and Battery. The alleged victim is his wife. Boston.com reports that Marchant was arrested over the weekend. Marchant’s mother-in-law told officers that she witnessed Marchant slap his wife and push her. The mother-in-law tried to intercede. Marchant hit her too. She further stated that her she heard a slapping sound and then saw her daughter fall down some stairs. She then called 911. Marchant is on administrative duty at the police department while an investigation is conducted.

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Here are some interesting Domestic Violence statistics reported by the American Bar Association. There are about 1.3 million women and two thirds as many men assaulted by an intimate partner in this country each year. About thirty three percent of female murder victims are killed by an intimate partner. 84% of spousal abuse victims are female. These figures are staggering and only slightly representative of the actual incidents of Domestic Violence that occur each year.

Naturally, prosecutors in Massachusetts take these cases quite seriously. All Massachusetts District Attorney’s Offices have specially trained attorneys who prosecuted primarily Domestic Violence Cases. Additionally, Restraining Orders are often directly implicated in Domestic Violence prosecutions. This is why it is important that anyone charged with Domestic Assault and Battery in Massachusetts hire an Experienced Massachusetts Criminal Defense Lawyer. Without proper representation you risk a conviction or possible jail sentence.

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A thirty four year old pregnant woman told Lynn, Massachusetts police that she and her boyfriend, Juan Pablo Hernandez got into a fight. Supposedly Hernandez choked her. She fell and Hernandez then kicked her several times. He prevented her from contacting the police. Eventually she left the home for several hours. The following day the woman went to a medical facility for an evaluation. She returned home and she and Hernandez got into a verbal altercation. Afterwards, the woman went to the police station and made her formal complaint. Charges against Hernandez issued in the Lynn District Court. He is facing counts of Assault and Battery by Means of a Dangerous Weapon, Intimidation of a Witness, Domestic Assault and Battery and Assault and Battery on a Pregnant Woman. Hernandez denied all charges upon his arrest.

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Lynn, Massachusetts Man Accused Of Kicking, Choking Pregnant Girlfriend

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According to Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 265 Section 13A Assault and Battery on a Pregnant Woman in Massachusetts is a felony. It carries with it a possible five year state prison sentence. Most of these cases are prosecuted in the district court where the maximum penalty that can be imposed is two and one half years on the house of correction. Hernandez might have some viable defenses to this case. The complainant took her time reporting the incident to the police. Even after receiving medical treatment she returned home to Hernandez. It was not until after they had a verbal argument that she made her complaint. Jurors might think that anyone in her position would contact the police immediately. They might also wonder why she returned to him the night of the alleged assault and the next day after receiving a medical evaluation. Cases like this are often triable from a defense perspective. Common sense suggests that something is terribly wrong with this story. That something could create a reasonable doubt in the mind of the factfinder.

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This past Sunday Angel Ruiz of Lawrence, Massachusetts was arrested in the early morning hours. Authorities allege that Ruiz Raped and beat a woman with whom he had a relationship. Neighbors heard the woman screaming. Officers responding to the scene were informed that cut the woman and left the house. The woman was airlifted to a Boston hospital for treatment. The woman’s children were home at the time of the attack. Ruiz has been charged with Violation of a Restraining Order, Aggravated Rape, Assault and Battery, Larceny and Intimidation of a Witness. The case will be prosecuted in the Essex County Superior Court in Salem. The victim was released from the hospital.

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http://www.eagletribune.com/local/x1388784548/Man-charged-in-violent-rape

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Ruiz is facing a big fight. These charges are severe. The Rape charge carries a maximum sentence of life pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 265 Section 22(a). This is the more severe Rape Charge, commonly referred to as Aggravated Rape. The district attorney will have to prove not only non-consensual sex but also that the act resulted in serious bodily injury. That aspect of the law might appear satisfied by the fact that the victim was cut and that her injuries necessitated hospitalization. If the prosecutor cannot meet its burden as to the aggravated portion of the offense then there is a maximum twenty year sentence for a conviction of this crime. Either way, if this article is factually accurate Ruiz is facing a lengthy state prison sentence if his is convicted. As with any serious case in this jurisdiction, Ruiz needs to Hire an Experienced Massachusetts Rape Defense Lawyer.

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Elias Moya is being held without bail pending a hearing on dangerousness in the Lynn District Court. He is charged with Assault and Battery on a Pregnant Woman and Assault and Battery by Means of a Dangerous Weapon. According to the Lynn Item, Moya who is from Salem, Massachusetts went to the victim’s home along with his girlfriend. He got into an argument with his brother and his brother’s pregnant girlfriend. The argument grew violent and Moya struck the pregnant woman in her stomach. Moya and his brother fought. They were separated at which time Moya threw a set of keys at his brother’s head.

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Assault and Battery on a Pregnant Woman is a felony and prohibited by M.G.L. ch. 265 Section 13A. There is a potential five year prison sentence associated with a conviction for this offense. These cases are usually difficult for the district attorney to prosecuted. Even though police intervention was sought family members tend not to testify against one another after they have had time to cool off. Neither Moya nor his girlfriend was found at the scene. There appear to be no other witnesses to this incident. Thus, only Moya’s brother and his brother’s girlfriend will be able to make this case for the prosecution. Cases like this one often get dismissed. It would not surprise me to find out the Moya’s biggest punishment was getting held in jail during the pendency of the dangerousness proceeding.

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Elizabeth Cushman, also known as Mama Deuce is being held on two thousand five hundred dollars cash bail for supposedly threatening a witness on a Domestic Violence case. It is alleged that Cushman who might have a role in the Deuce Boyz organization called and left a threatening message on the voicemail of a victim in a case involving Raymundo Henriquez, the reputed leader of the Deuce Boyz, a Lynn based street gang. Cushman is thirty nine years old. She has a history of Firearms Charges. There are also allegations that Henriquez has threatened the same woman whom authorities claim he assaulted a while ago. The case is pending in the Salem District Court.

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http://www.salemnews.com/local/x712215916/Woman-charged-with-threatening-a-witness

Witness Intimidation in Massachusetts

In Massachusetts the crime of Intimidation of a Witness is proscribed by G.L. 268 Section 13B. The law states that anyone who threatens, injures, emotionally assaults or otherwise intimidates a potential witness in a case is guilty of a felony and faces up to ten years in state prison. The legislative intent of the statute is to protect witnesses from being intimidated or harassed so that they do not become reluctant to give truthful evidence in investigatory or judicial proceedings. An essential element of the crime is the offer of a bribe or the use of intimidation, force, or the threat of force. The district attorney must prove all elements beyone a reasonable doubt. Intimidation has been defined as putting person in fear for purpose of influencing his or her conduct.

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Around 2:00 a.m. Monday morning Taunton, Massachusetts police received a 911 call from a woman who had locked herself in a bathroom after having been beaten by her boyfriend according to the Brockton Enterprise. The officers who responded located the woman in the bathroom and appearing scared. She alerted them to the fact that her boyfriend, Peter Azille was hiding behind the bathroom door. The two were separated. Azille yelled to the woman not to talk to the police. He maintained an aggressive attitude towards law enforcement officials, was handcuffed and arrested. The woman refused medical treatment yet due to her representations Azille was charged with Kidnapping and Domestic Assault and Battery. His actions towards the police and witnessed by the police resulted in him being charged Witness Intimidation and Resisting Arrest.

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http://www.enterprisenews.com/news/cops_and_courts/x1920417408/Taunton-man-charged-with-kidnapping-assaulting-girlfriend

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Massachusetts Criminal Lawyer, Resisting Arrest

As I have mentioned many times in the past Resisting Arrest in Massachusetts is all to often a charge issued against people who have been assaulted by the police during the course of an arrest or investigation. Many times police officers try to deflect their violent, aggressive and at times illegal conduct by charging suspects with crimes that they did not commit, simply to avoid being sued for their behavior. Assault and Battery on a Police Officer is another such charge brought for the same reasons. Each and every time I meet with a client who has been charged with Resisting Arrest or Assault and Battery on a Police Officer the client has been visibly beaten and bruised by the police officer who created the charge. Here, given that the victim did not receive medical treatment and is the defendant’s girlfriend there stands a chance that the Kidnapping and Domestic Crimes will not be prosecuted successfully. That is why it is imperative that Azille Hire a Massachusetts Criminal Lawyer who has experience defending charges of violence against police officers.

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Around 3:00 a.m. Monday Lynn, Massachusetts police responded to a call for an Assault. The victim reported that her child’s father, Anthony Gainey knocked on her door. When she answered he pushed the door open, entered the apartment and threw her into a wall. Once she fought back Gainey pulled out a firearm, put it to her head and threatened to kill her. She screamed and Gainey left the home. He entered a vehicle in which co-defendant Keron James Franklin was seated. Police located the car and arrested the occupants, Gainey and Franklin. Franklin was found in possession of a Knife, Crack Cocaine, Percocet pills and Marijuana. He is being charged with Distribution of Class D and Distribution of Class B. Gainey is being charged with Breaking and Entering With the Intent to Commit a Felony, Assault and Battery by Means of a Dangerous Weapon and Domestic Assault and Battery.

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Cases charging defendants with acts of Domestic Violence in Massachusetts can be difficult for district attorneys to prove. Take for instance this case. Gainey and the complainant had a relationship that produced a child. Issues centering on children are often emotionally charged. People say and do things that they do not mean or are not true. It is unlikely that Gainey really had a gun. If he had the presence of mind to rid himself of the weapon after this dispute it would be due to his fear that the police were looking for him. It would logically follow that Franklin would then get rid of his drugs. Gainey’s might defend this case by suggesting the complainant is lying. Absent corroboration of her story this might be a viable defense. Franklin faces a different situation. His defense will center on the legality of the Search and Seizure. Absent reasonable suspicion the police had no legal reason to frisk him. Franklin was not in any way involved in the incident at the woman’s apartment. He was simply in a car, waiting for Gainey. Absent an articulable suspicion the pat frisk might be deemed illegal and Franklin’s case could be dismissed in its entirety.

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kidnapping.jpgMichael Holyoke of Bridgewater, Massachusetts is facing several charges involving an alleged incident of Domestic Violence against his former girlfriend. The Lynn Item reports that the woman’s neighbor contacted police after hearing a man and woman fighting with one another. The woman also asked the neighbor for help. When the police arrived the two were still verbally fighting. The woman reported to the police that Holyoke punched her in the head several times and threw her into glass shower doors in the bathroom. He then blocked her escape route and smashed her cell phone after she tried to call the police. It was also reported that the victim stabbed Holyoke in the face and neck with a steak knife. Holyoke has been charged with Kidnapping, Intimidation of a Witness, Domestic Assault and Battery and Possession of a Class C Drug. The case is pending in the Lynn District Court. The case might be prosecuted in Salem in the Essex County Superior Court. The woman had previously taken a Restraining Order out against Holyoke.

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This appears to be one of those cases that will remain in the District Court. Even though the charges are serious cases of this nature only get prosecuted in the Supeior Court if there was substantial physical harm to the victim or if the defendant has a lengthy criminal record and presents a serious danger to the victim or the community. The bail in this case, five hundred dollars suggests the strong possibility that the prosecution will continue in the Lynn District Court. Stab wounds suffered by the defendant might have an impact on Holyoke’s Massachusetts Criminal Lawyer’s approach to defending this case. That evidence might also be indicative of who actually was the first aggressor.

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