- the fighting together of two or more people
- in a public place
- to the terror of the persons lawfully
- That the defendant actually fought with one or more other other;
- That the fighting happened in a public place; and finally;
- That at least one person in the public place was put in fear as a result of the fighting that occurred.
The law of self-defense is applicable to the Massachusetts common-law crime of affray. A person must have engaged in the alleged fighting “willingly and without lawful excuse.” However, if a person acted in self-defense of either himself or another he would have an affirmative defense that could constitute a "lawful excuse” under the affray law and avoid a conviction.
Attorney Patrick J. Murphy is an experienced Boston and Massachusetts affray crimes lawyer that you can trust to successfully defend your affray case. The Law Office of Patrick J. Murphy has successfully defended common law affray cases in courts throughout Massachusetts and will assert all necessary affirmative defenses dealing with criminal offenses, including the law of self-defense. Attorney Murphy routinely has affray cases dismissed or resolved without any negative consequences to a client. If you have been charged or have received a summons to appear in court on an affray charge, it is important to have experienced counsel appear on your behalf and provide aggressive and effective legal representation. Contact the Law Office of Attorney Patrick J. Murphy today for a free and confidential discussion of your case.