Under Massachusetts law, the criminal charge of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon is a felony offense. This crime carries a potential penalty of up to 10 years in State Prison and up to a $5,000 fine if convicted. Given the serious nature of the charge of Assault & Battery with a Dangerous Weapon in Massachusetts, it is important to speak with an experienced Boston Assault & Battery Criminal Defense Lawyer regarding your case as soon as possible. Our Cambridge, MA law firm will closely analyze the evidence being offered by the prosecution against our clients and will work tirelessly to develop the most effective trial strategy available.

In the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the term dangerous weapon has a very broad interpretation. Beyond the more obvious examples of a gun or knife, a dangerous weapon may also include objects such as bottles, cars, chairs or even a wall or the ground. In addition, you may be charged with an Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon if you kick someone while wearing certain footwear (shod foot). Felony A&B charges can have far reaching consequences on those charged. In addition to facing potential jail time and other legal penalties, a defendant also may face problems with their employment or school following their arraignment and/or conviction.

The crime of Assault & Battery with a Dangerous Weapon is governed by Massachusetts General Law Ch. 265 Section 15A which states:

“Whoever commits an assault and battery upon another by means of a dangerous weapon shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for not more than 10 years or in the house of correction for not more than 21/2 years, or by a fine of not more than $5,000, or by both such fine and imprisonment.” M.G.L Ch. 265 Sec. 15A(b).

In order to be convicted of A&B with a Dangerous Weapon, the prosecution must prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, that the defendant committed the underlying Assault & Battery AND the individual did so by using a “dangerous weapon.”

It is common for the police to gather evidence which may be inadmissible at trial. In order to challenge any piece of evidence being offered against you, you or your attorney must file the appropriate motions and affidavit with the court prior to the hearing. As a client of our firm, your MA criminal defense lawyer will closely analyze the details of your case and will file all motions available in your case. We will leave no avenue unexplored as we pride ourselves on our attention to detail.

Greater Boston A&B with a Dangerous Weapon Defense Attorney


At our Greater Boston Criminal Defense Law Firm, we understand the importance of providing top quality legal representation to clients facing charges of assault & battery with a dangerous weapon. We will aggressively advocate on your behalf and will work diligently to achieve the best result possible on your case. We will speak with the prosecuting district attorneys in order to explore a successful resolution of your case short of trial, if applicable. If such a resolution cannot be made, you may rest assured knowing that your Boston criminal lawyer will explore every legal avenue available and will zealously advocate on your behalf on the day of trial.

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