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How NOT to React to a Domestic Violence Arrest in Massachusetts

If police appear at your home to arrest you for assault and battery, you do not really have a say in the matter. You must comply. Let them take you into custody and deal with the fallout later with the help of your criminal defense attorney. If you become combative or belligerent, it could seriously hurt your case. Even making the wrong statement can be highly detrimental, as a seemingly innocent phrase may be construed as a threat or an admission of guilt. Avoid these common mistakes, and you can move forward with your criminal defense with confidence.  

Suspect Attacks Newton Police Officers During Domestic Violence Arrest

If you want a textbook example of how not to react when facing a domestic violence arrest, look no further than a recent case in Newton. On March 6 of 2023, it was reported that a suspect had knocked one police officer out cold while resisting arrest for a domestic violence incident. The incident apparently involved a family member being punched in the face, and officers quickly arrived at the scene. It seems as though the suspect was not finished being violent, as he quickly started throwing more punches when officers attempted to arrest him. 

The suspect even made a grab for the officer's firearms while throwing punches. At this point, one officer was knocked unconscious while the other was finally able to subdue the suspect. But even when he was placed in handcuffs, the suspect somehow managed to assault the officer and remove their firearm from its holster. At the end of the day, both officers were transported to a nearby hospital for treatment. 

The Newton Police Department released the following statement:

"This incident underscores the danger that police officers face every day. Officers respond to each call and put their lives on the line to protect victims and the community. Attacks upon police officers will not be tolerated and we look forward to justice for victims and our officers. Our officers are in our thoughts and we wish them a quick recovery."

This individual is now facing a wide range of charges, and he may even face attempted murder charges depending on how the officers' firearms were involved in this debacle. What this individual should have done is comply with the officers, exercise his right to remain silent, and speak with his attorney as soon as possible. 

Where Can I Find a Qualified Criminal Defense Attorney?

If you have been searching the Massachusetts area for an experienced criminal defense attorney, look no further than Edward R. Molari, Attorney at Law. Over the years, we have helped numerous defendants, including those who have faced charges of assault and battery. Book your consultation today to get started with a solid defense strategy.