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Violent Crimes FAQ

What Are Violent Crimes?

In Massachusetts, violent crimes are composed generally of acts that involve the use or threat of use of physical force against others. Violent crimes include murder, voluntary and involuntary manslaughter, assault and battery crimes, kidnapping, home invasion and armed robbery.

What Defenses Do I Have?

There are myriad defenses available to those charged with a violent crime, depending on the facts of their particular case. Common defenses to these types of charges include innocence, self-defense, misidentification, lack of specific intent and lack of criminal responsibility.

What Happens If I Am Found Guilty?

If you are convicted of a violent crime, the legal consequences depend on a variety of factors, including your criminal history and the nature and extent of the charges. In Massachusetts, possible penalties range from jail time – including life imprisonment for murder convictions – to the imposition of fines and probation.

What Should I Do If I Am Being Charged With A Violent Crime?

If you have been charged or are being investigated in connection with a violent crime, reach out to a criminal defense attorney right away. You should not discuss your legal situation with anyone, except for your attorney. Call us at 617-208-0505 or email us for a free consultation.