According to The Lowell Sun an exotic dancer at a local strip club has been indicted on a felony assault charge for allegedly stabbing her boyfriend with a 10-inch kitchen knife. It was reported that the defendant stabbed her boyfriend following a night of drinking after they were informed that the boyfriend may face jail time on a drug related offense. The boyfriend suffered three stab wounds to the chest.
In Massachusetts if you are convicted for assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon you can be sentenced to ten years in prison if you are convicted. In order to prove assault by means of a dangerous weapon the Government must prove that there be touching, however slight, that such touching be by means of the weapon, and that the battery be accompanied by use of inherently dangerous weapon, or by use of some other object as weapon, with intent to use such object in dangerous or potentially dangerous fashion. A knife or a gun would be considered an object that is inherently dangerous.
In addition to indicting for assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon, the government often also charges assault with intent to murder in situations where it may be argued that the defendant possessd the specific intent to kill, and malice. A defendant charged with this offense faces the potential penalty of up to twenty years in prison.
If you have been charged, or may be charged, with one of this offenses it is imperative that you contact an attorney as soon as possible. Effective negotiations may result in being charged with the lesser of the two crimes. Furthermore, the sooner an experienced Boston area attorney becomes involved the sooner a successful defense can be mounted. Depending on the circumstances in your case a defense of self-defense, defense of another or maintaining that the identifying witnesses are mistaken in their identification of you as the perpetrator are strategies that must be pursued and developed early in a case. Call Attorney Kathleen M. McCarthy today if you are charged with these types of offenses and she will begin work on your case.