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Domestic Violence in Framingham, Massachusetts

A domestic violence charge can alter your life forever.  You need an experienced attorney who will fight any charges brought against you and mount a vigorous defense on your behalf.  Attorney Chris Spring is a domestic violence defense attorney in Framingham who will ensure you receive a fair trial and will aggressively defend you against the Commonwealth.

Attorney Spring is a former Middlesex County prosecutor who has:

  • Practiced criminal law for two decades;
  • Owned his criminal law practice for fifteen years; and
  • Successfully defended and won hundreds of domestic violence cases.

Call Attorney Chris Spring at Spring & Spring today to schedule your free case consultation.  Attorney Spring will explain your domestic violence charges and potential defense strategies available in your case.  

Why You Need a Framingham Domestic Violence Attorney

There is no reason to face a domestic violence charge alone.  It is imperative that you know each step of the criminal court process ahead of time and are not confused by what is going on with your case.  You need to understand whether there are any restrictions related to you returning home, seeing your partner, or visiting your children.

Attorney Chris Spring can:

  • Work to get protective orders lifted;
  • Review and gather evidence to fight any allegations against you;
  • Interview witnesses on your behalf;
  • Find weaknesses in your accuser’s allegations; and
  • Help plan and develop the right legal strategy for you.

Attorney Spring is available to his clients nights, weekends, and holidays.  His fees are transparent.  Contact Attorney Chris Spring now to get answers to your questions and concerns regarding your domestic violence charges.

Domestic Assault in Massachusetts

Assault, assault and battery, and their domestic violence versions share some common elements.  For instance, assault is conduct that puts someone in fear of bodily harm and may include a verbal threat or a menacing gesture.  Assault and battery involves actual unwanted physical contact.  

However, domestic violence is more specific and carries some additional ramifications.  Domestic violence takes place against one of the following people:

  • A spouse;
  • A live-in partner;
  • A boyfriend or girlfriend;
  • A sibling;
  • A parent; or
  • Another member of the household.

There is a law in Massachusetts that makes it easier for judges to hold defendants facing domestic violence charges without bail, and there is a state database that includes the name of everyone charged with domestic violence.

Potential Defenses in Domestic Violence Cases

When assault takes place within a marriage, the prosecutor cannot force a potential witness to testify against his or her spouse.  This may result in dismissal of the case.  Sometimes, even when the parties are not married, alleged victims do not want to testify against defendants.  A prosecutor might have a difficult time proving a case when there is a non-cooperating alleged victim.

There are several possible defenses to domestic violence cases.  Many times, the alleged victim fought back during the altercation and has the right to refuse to testify (so as to not incriminate herself).  This weakens the prosecution’s case.  

A skilled defense attorney may argue any of the following on his client’s behalf:

  • Self-defense or defense of another;
  • Mutual combat;
  • Unintentional or accidental contact; and
  • Bias of witnesses.

Abuse Prevention Orders

Judges may issue abuse prevention orders, or restraining orders, when requested by an alleged victim of domestic violence.  The alleged victim, or plaintiff, appears before the judge and requests an order against the alleged abuser or defendant.  The court generally issues a ten-day order forbidding the defendant from contacting the victim or the children.  

The defendant receives notification of the temporary order, and a hearing is conducted within ten days to allow the judge to either vacate or continue the restraining order (usually for one year).  Violating a restraining order is a criminal offense punishable by up to two and a half years in jail.

Any domestic violence conviction can affect your freedom and reputation.  It can also wreak havoc on your future child custody, employment, and educational prospects.  Call Attorney Chris Spring for professional advice on your domestic violence charges now.