COVID-19 Update: How We Are Serving and Protecting Our Clients

Domestic Violence Offenses

Boston Criminal Defense Attorney Aggressively Represents Clients Facing Allegations of Violent Crimes

Violent crimes are some of the most serious offenses under Massachusetts law. While lawmakers and prosecutors have shown some willingness to lighten up on those who commit victimless crimes, their focus has shifted towards aggressively prosecuting and punishing violent offenders. At the same time, these crimes are highly emotional and often based on gross exaggerations, if not outright fabrications. Attorney Patrick J. Murphy is a veteran criminal defense lawyer with extensive experience representing clients facing these difficult charges.

What Are Domestic Violence Offenses?

Domestic abuse, or domestic violence, is a term used to describe certain offenses committed against household members. In this context, “household member” is a broad term referring to people who are currently married or in a dating relationship, who lived together at any time, who have a child together, or who are related by blood or marriage. It also covers those who used to be in a relationship but have since gone their separate ways.

Not all domestic violence offenses involve actual violence, but many do. There is no strict definition of what constitutes domestic violence in Massachusetts. Any offense involving the following can be the basis for a domestic violence arrest:

  • Causing physical harm;
  • Attempting to cause physical harm;
  • Placing another in fear of physical harm; and
  • Causing another to engage in involuntary sexual relations.

Common Boston domestic violence offenses include assault, assault and battery, and sex offenses, including rape. Although not technically considered a domestic violence offense, these cases also often involve a claim that you violated a restraining order. 

Given the fact that, by definition, domestic violence allegations involve people who are or were once close, these cases tend to be very emotional and complex. A skilled criminal defense lawyer can help you navigate the challenges these cases present, working towards a positive resolution to the case.

The Challenges Domestic Violence Allegations Present

If you were recently arrested for a Boston violent crime in which the alleged victim is a friend or family member, you may be facing a domestic violence offense. While the underlying conduct in these cases is similar to other crimes, these cases are unique in several ways.

For example, there is a mandatory arrest protocol for domestic violence offenses. Thus, if someone makes a report of domestic violence against you, police must arrest you if there is probable cause to believe that abuse occurred, even if the alleged victim recants, or takes back the allegations. Once someone makes a domestic violence report against you, the prosecution can continue with the case—even without the alleged victim’s cooperation.

Of course, in many Boston domestic violence cases, the alleged victim is on board. However, just because a victim is willing to take the stand and testify to the abuse does not mean that it occurred. Domestic violence offenses are frequently the product of unrelated disputes, which can snowball into serious allegations. For example, if your partner finds out that you were unfaithful, they could fabricate domestic violence charges against you as a form of revenge.

Often, the outcome of the case comes down to the witness’s credibility, or truthfulness. A skilled domestic violence attorney will know where to look to challenge a witness’s story. For example, did they delay reporting the accident? Are their pictures or medical records substantiating the allegations? Did they ever threaten to make false accusations against you? Do you have text messages or social media posts that contradict their story? These things can all be used to challenge an alleged victim’s story.

Were You Arrested for a Crime of Domestic Violence?

If you face a domestic violence case, reach out to Attorney Patrick. J. Murphy for immediate assistance. Attorney Murphy is a skilled Boston criminal defense lawyer who has handled countless cases on behalf of clients from all walks of life. He understands the complexities that these cases present and approaches every case with a practical yet aggressive approach. As a litigator with more than 25 years of experience, Attorney Murphy knows where to look to expose witnesses’ biases, exaggerations, and lies. To learn more, and to schedule a free consultation, call (617) 367-0450 or reach out to him through his online contact form.

Client Reviews
★★★★★
"Highly Recommended. Attorney Patrick J. Murphy absolutely helped me out in my time of need. When I met him in his Boston office he put me right at ease and explained the criminal process to me in a way I could easily understand and in a manner that gave me complete confidence. I was facing a criminal wanton destruction of property charge in Barnstable District Court. On the day of the case, he was at the courthouse waiting for me and my wife. Mr. Murphy handled the hearing in a very thorough and professional manner putting us through our testimony and making a powerful argument to the decision maker. My case was thrown out and I could not be happier with the service from Attorney Murphy. I highly recommend him to you as a skilled legal advocate!" Rob, Avvo User
★★★★★
"Excellent Criminal Defense Lawyer. From the first consultation I knew Patrick Murphy was the right choice for my criminal defense. He was knowledgeable of the laws and knew how to build up a strong defense for my case. Every phone call and email I made was promptly answered. When it came time for my hearing, Patrick was prepared and able to get the criminal complaint against me dropped without ever becoming charge! Would highly recommend this attorney to anyone seeking a top quality defense attorney to handle their case!" John, Avvo User
★★★★★
"OUI Not Guilty Verdict. Patrick Murphy provided excellent service as council on my case. He worked diligently over a long legal process that spanned over 3 years. He was able to take my case to a Jury Trial and get me a Not Guilty verdict through he expert knowledge of the law and expertise in cross examination of the prosecutions witnesses. He was very professional and available at anytime night or day to answer questions." Chris, Avvo User
★★★★★
"Highly Skilled and Professional Lawyer. Attorney Pat Murphy did a great job guiding me through an A&B charge, and most importantly getting the case dismissed in a very timely manner. He is very professional, returns call promptly, and did a great explaining his strategy and the legal process to me. I was confident throughout the whole process that I was in good hands and would receive the best possible outcome in my case. Would highly recommended Attorney Murphy." Avvo User
★★★★★
"I Felt That I was in Good Hands... and I Was! Mr. Patrick J. Murphy was very quick to respond to my needs. He was always there to answer any questions I had in a timely fashion, and he made me feel very comfortable in an extremely uncomfortable situation. Having Mr. Murphy by my side in the courtroom felt like I was at an advantage. He speaks with confidence. He doesn't stutter or pause while put on the spot. He treated me with respect. He listens. He always greeted me with a warm welcome and never wasted any time." Avvo User