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Domestic Violence Defense Attorney in Boston

The Right Experience to Win Your Domestic Violence Case

   If you're charged with Domestic Violence, it's important to find a lawyer who has the right experience and knows the right strategy to use.  Some Assault and Battery on a Family/Household Member charges require a trial, while others can be resolved by talking to the victim and the prosecution, and coming to a resolution.


   It can be much more expensive and damaging to try to fight a A&B on Family or Household Member charge on your own rather than finding the right lawyer to help you. 


    I have experience defending those charged with Assault and Battery on a Family/Household Member at all levels of the criminal justice system. Domestic Violence charges can be filed as multiple different charges depending on the seriousness and the place of occurrence and can be sent to Superior Court on indictment.


    Even if the victim wants to drop your domestic violence charge, this does not mean you don't need a lawyer.  The prosecution can still pursue charges against you if the victim wants the dismiss the charges, and the prosecution could end up charging the victim with filing a false police report or issuing an arrest warrant for failing to appear in court.  Find out more here.


    I have succeeded in getting Assault and Battery on Family/Household Member charges dismissed and my clients being found not guilty.  I have also gotten my clients released on bail even when charged with serious Domestic Violence offenses.


    A Domestic Violence charge can carry serious jail time, loss of your rights, and can be a black mark on your record.  It's important to find the right lawyer to fight your charge.  Call me today at 617-356-8217.

   I handle domestic violence and criminal cases in all Massachusetts courts.  My office is located in Boston.


Restraining Order Defense Attorney in Massachusetts

    A restraining order is a court order prohibiting one person from contacting another person, abusing them, and coming near them, along with many other possible conditions.  These orders are sometimes known as a 209A order (after the section of law) or an abuse prevention order.

    If you have been served with an abuse prevention order or a restraining order, it's critical to contact a restraining order defense attorney to help defend you.  A restraining order can have critical consequences, such as loss of your gun rights, eviction from your home, and restriction of your movement.

    Restraining orders can be issued for a shorter period of time ex parte, meaning without the other party being heard.  A one-year restraining order or permanent restraining order is generally only issued after a two-party hearing.  A domestic violence defense attorney can help you defend against these restraining orders and help you present your defense.  

   A restraining order hearing can be a critical part of your defense for a domestic violence charge as well.  It provides a crucial chance to cross-examine your accuser and determine their credibility.  The record of this cross-examination can serve as an important part of your later defense.

   An attorney can help you defend against the restraining order, present documents on your behalf, and investigate the case.  While I can't guarantee that I will win your case, I guarantee that I will fight as hard as I can to defend you.

    Violation of a restraining order is a misdemeanor that can be punished with jail time up to two and a half years.  If you're accused of violating a restraining order, you could be summoned for a clerk magistrate hearing or you could be immediately arrested.  

    If you have been served with a domestic violence restraining order, call me today at 617-356-8217.  It's critical that we get started on your defense right away.

Even if your domestic violence charge is just a misdemeanor, it can still carry serious consequences.  Some domestic violence charges have mandatory jail time, and they can mean you lose your right to carry a gun.

Domestic Violence Lawyer Who Will Work for You

    Domestic violence in Alabama just means that you're accused of committing a crime against a family member or someone you're dating.  It can be anything from threatening the person to breaking into their house to something much more serious.


    Even though Domestic Violence in the Third Degree is a misdemeanor, this does not mean it's not serious.  It could carry jail time and means that you could lose your right to carry a gun.


    Domestic Violence charges can also involve technical defenses such as hearsay and the Confrontation Clause.  I can use these defenses to help get your Domestic Violence charge dismissed or get a lesser sentence for you.  


    Domestic Violence arrests also reflect badly on your criminal record, so it's important to find a lawyer who understands the process and is willing to fight for the best outcome.  Call me and we can get started on your defense. 


    Even a first-time Assault and Battery on a Family or Household Member charge can carry up to two-and-a-half years in jail and loss of your gun rights, even though it's a misdemeanor.  Domestic Violence can also be a felony depending on what happened and your record.

    Domestic violence charges often mean a restraining order as well.  It's critical to hire a lawyer as soon as possible to fight the issuance of a restraining order against you.

    If you're charged with Domestic Violence, get a lawyer who can give you the best chance of getting the case dismissed and who knows the consequences.

    Schedule a free consultation at Matthew W. Peterson Attorney-at-Law today by calling (617) 356-8217.

Generally, if one party calls with a domestic violence complaint, the police will take one party to jail to ensure their safety.  A domestic violence complaint can have serious consequences - don't take it lightly.

Mass. Domestic Violence Lawyer Who Will Fight for Your Rights

    If you're charged with a domestic violence offense, such as assault and battery on a family member, it's crucial to hire an attorney who will not shy away from a fight.  I have defended those arrested for domestic violence from arraignment to trial, and I'm not afraid to fight for you.

   A domestic violence arrest can make you feel alone and helpless - you may be wrongly accused, and you may really be the victim.  I have a record of successfully defending those charged with domestic violence in these situations.  

   Domestic violence charges can seriously affect your future, whether that's your gun rights, your job, or your education.  They can also affect your position in a divorce with your children.  

    Even though my office is located in Boston, I defend domestic violence cases in all Massachusetts courts.  

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