Armed Assault in a Dwelling House
In order for an individual to be found guilty of Armed Assault in a Dwelling House, the prosecution must be able to prove beyond a reasonable doubt three elements:
- The armed defendant unlawfully entered the dwelling of another;
- The defendant placed a person lawfully therein in fear; and
- The defendant possessed intent to commit a felony while assaulting an individual lawfully present in the dwelling.
In addition to proving the first two elements of this crime, the prosecution must also prove that when the defendant entered the dwelling house of another, he possessed the intent to commit a felony. Proving the intent of an individual is a difficult and tricky element to establish, as it requires the Commonwealth to assess the mental state of the defendant. In a case from 2000, Commonwealth vs. Richard Mahar, the aspect of intent warranted the Supreme Judicial Court to hold that if a defendant lacks the requisite intent to commit a robbery, he may not be convicted of armed assault with intent to rob if that defendant had a honest and reasonable belief that he took his own property. In this case, the court remanded the case back to Superior Court and declared a new trial. The circumstances specific to your case will be a major factor in determining whether or not the necessary elements that the prosecution must prove to get the case before a jury. For a free legal analysis of your case, please contact Attorney Patrick J. Murphy today.
Fearless Massachusetts Assault Crimes Defense Attorney
When you hire Attorney Patrick J. Murphy, you can rest assured that your case will be handled with the utmost care and expertise. The Law Office of Patrick J. Murphy is experienced in assault cases such as this, and Attorney Murphy possesses the skills and intelligence to construct the most commanding and combative defense for your case. Attorney Murphy has 18 years of successful experience defending clients facing criminal charges such as Armed Assault in a Dwelling House, and he is available 24/7 to provide you with a free and confidential legal assessment of your case. For additional information, please call 617-367-0450 or complete the contacts tab on our website.