Details of Natick Assault and Battery Charges

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Natick is a town in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, with a population of around 34,000. The name Natick means place of hills and originates from the Massachusetts Native American tribe. Natick was originally one of a ring of settlements around Boston that were used as part of a defensive strategy by the colonial government.

Natick has many notable residents including:

Thomas S. Allen, American composer

John Carlson, NHL player for the Washington Capitals

Katherine Davis, the first woman Lieutenant Governor of Indiana

Keene Fitzpatrick, track coach at Yale, Michigan and Princeton, 1890–1932

Harold Kushner, author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People.

Meg Mallon, twice winner of the U.S. Women’s Open

Rene Rancourt, sings the national anthem at all home Boston Bruins hockey games.

Peter Smith, pitcher for Seattle Rainers and Boston Red Sox in 1961.

Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1852)

Sara Whalen, Olympic soccer silver medalist

Henry Wilson, the eighteenth Vice President of the United States

As part of Greater Boston, you will need a Boston criminal lawyer if you are accused of a crime in Natick. For example, a Natick Assault And Battery is two criminal components that are combined into one single offense. In normal tort law, Assault and Battery are two separate things. Assault is an act that causes fear of Battery, while Battery is the unlawful touching. It is easy to see why the two often fit together into one charge. Both are intentional acts, during which the defendant puts fear into or touches the victim in an unlawful manner. The defendant does not have to inflict physical injury to get charged. The unlawful act might even be indirect, for instance, the defendant was to spit, throw a rock or touch the victim in some other indirect manner.

A Boston criminal defense lawyer can explain to you what items are involved in an Assault charge, including:

  • Intentional threats to cause injury to someone else.
  • A reasonable amount of fear by the victim that the threats are going to be carried out in the near future.
  • Apparent evidence that the threat will be carried out if the person charged is not prevented from doing so.

Assault is something that can be started and finished without any contact between the criminal and the victim. The victim could be 10 feet away from the criminal and still be assaulted simply through the threat.

Your Boston criminal defense lawyer can also explain to you what is involved in a Battery charge, including:

  • Intentional touching against a person’s will.
  • The use of an object or anything else that is put into motion by a person.
  • No injury necessary.

There are plenty of exceptions to overall Natick Assault And Battery charges. For example, if you are being assaulted and use reasonable force to protect yourself from harm, a Boston criminal defense lawyer may be able to stop you from being charged in the first place. However, if you are charged, your attorney may be able to get the charges dropped. If, for example, someone threatens to spit on you and you believe it is really going to happen, you would be within your rights to push that person away. You would exceed the reasonable force if you hit the person with your fist. There are similar defenses that allow you to help others who are being assaulted, again using reasonable force.

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