Nearly everybody spends time with family members during the holiday season, and in some families, too much time together can result in relatives getting into arguments and fighting. If things get out of control, a fight might escalate from mere words to a physical altercation. When family members get into physical altercations, it can result in domestic assault and battery charges.
Domestic Violence Involves Family or Household Members
Some people are surprised to find that when they get into a fistfight with their cousin, the cops are called and they can be arrested and charged with domestic violence. Most people think of domestic violence in the context of romantic relationships, but domestic violence can occur whenever an act of violence involves two family members or people who share a living space. Family can include blood relatives and those related by marriage. Household members can be any people who are living together in the same household. By way of example, two cousins who get into fight could result in domestic violence charges, as could a physical altercation between two roommates.
The police are required to make an arrest if they suspect that domestic violence has occurred. This means that if police arrive on the scene and suspect that any one has committed a felony, a misdemeanor that is domestic abuse, or an assault and battery on any of his or her family members or household members, someone is going to be taken to the police station and booked. The police are also required to make an arrest if they have any reason to believe that a protective or restraining order may have been violated.
Resolution of Domestic Violence Cases
Often times if there is a family squabble over a holiday meal, things might be heated for a while and domestic violence charges may be formally filed, but after everyone calms down the charges are often dropped. However, sometimes one family member digs in and refuses to drop the charges, in which case you need an experienced lawyer to fight for your defense.
Domestic violence charges are serious and the consequences of a conviction are far-reaching and long-lasting. A conviction can lead to a criminal record, difficulty getting a future job, difficulty buying a gun, problems with child custody, required attendance at regular counseling sessions, and much more.
Contact a Massachusetts Criminal Defense Attorney
When you are facing domestic assault and battery charges, even if the charges are being raised by family members who are only related to you through marriage, you will need the guidance and support of an experienced criminal defense attorney like Attorney Kathleen M. McCarthy. Attorney McCarthy has worked closely with individuals who stand accused of domestic assault and battery for more than 25 years of her career, and she can help fight your charges and prepare your strongest defense. If you have been charged with domestic assault and battery or any other crime, please do not hesitate to call the Law Offices of Kathleen M. McCarthy at (978)-975-8060 or contact her online.