04 Dec 2014

ASSAULT AND BATTERY DEFINITION

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In Massachusetts, a person can be charged with an Assault, a Battery, or an Assault And Battery (A&B).  The Assault is the crime of threatening a person with physical force, while the Battery is the act of making physical contact with the victim.  The definition of an Assault & Battery (A&B), on the other hand, involves a single crime that includes the crime of threatening a person (Assault) together with the act of making physical contact with him/her (Battery).

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There are many different charges that fall within the definition of Assault and Battery. These charges include Domestic Assault and Battery, Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon, and Indecent Assault and Battery.

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24 Nov 2014

DOMESTIC ASSAULT AND BATTERY

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Domestic Assault and Battery is the crime of threatening a family or household member (assault), together with the act of making physical contact with him/her (battery). In order to prove that the Defendant is guilty of having committed a Domestic Assault & Battery, the prosecutor must prove 4 things beyond a reasonable doubt:

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24 Nov 2014

SHOPLIFTING IN MASSACHUSETTS

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Shoplifting is the act of taking or stealing something, or otherwise attempting to deprive a retail store of the full value of its merchandise.  Most stores, even small ones, use some form of anti-theft security, including closed circuit TV and undercover store detectives. Potential shoplifters are often profiled, and attempting to cover your face, lingering or entering a store as part of a group will often arouse suspicion.

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According to Massachusetts law, shoplifting charges can be brought against any individual for stealing goods from a retail store.  However, shoplifting charges can also be brought for hiding goods on your body or elsewhere or changing a price tag or changing the package.

       

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According to the Massachusetts General Laws, the crime of shoplifting includes:

The act of knowingly removing any goods that are for sale in a retail store with the intention of not paying the owner of the store the full value for the goods.

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When you get arrested for shoplifting in Massachusetts, it may seem like your life is over.  You may start to think about the way this mistake will impact your career, immigration status, school loans and reputation in the community.  The truth of the matter is that hope is not lost.  There are a number of things that can be done and by knowing about them, you can help create a brighter future for yourself.

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