Assault and Battery


Massachusetts General Law Chapter 265 S13A governs Assault and Battery.  The law states as follows:



Section 13A. "(a) Whoever commits an assault or an assault and battery upon another shall be punished by imprisonment for not more than 2-1/2 years in a house of correction or by a fine of not more than $1,000. A summons may be issued instead of a warrant for the arrest of any person upon a complaint for a violation of any provision of this subsection if in the judgment of the court or justice receiving the complaint there is reason to believe that he will appear upon a summons."



Subsection (b) of M.G.L. ch. 265 S13A is the felony version of this statute. If a person is convicted of committing an Assault or an Assault and Battery in Massachusetts and either


1. causes serious bodily injury,
2. commits this act on a pregnant person, or
3. does this in violation of an outstanding restraining order



Assault and Battery is a specific intent crime. To meet the elements of assault, a person must have intended to cause harm to someone to be charged with assault. If you actually make non-consentual contact, then the crime is Assault and Battery.  




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