Indecent assault and battery is an intentional and uninvited touching of the genitals, breasts, buttocks or other areas considered to be “private areas” as determined by the manner in which the touching took place. The touching can be done with any part of the offender’s body, including his own “private areas”, hands or mouth.
Indecent assault and battery can be charged in different ways depending on the age or mental status of the victim.
Indecent assault and battery on a person aged fourteen or older requires the Commonwealth prove the touching was intentional, was harmful or offensive, that it was a touching of a “private area” with no justification. Penalties for a conviction of this offense can be up to 2.5 years in jail or if indicted up to 5 years in state prison.
This offense if convicted would also require a person to register with the sex offender registry board (SORB) which would classify the offender at a certain risk level which may require his or her name to be listed on a website available to the public. Frank Fernandez can help as an experienced criminal defense lawyer in Boston he has handled numerous sex crime cases and is able to help you. It is best to get an experienced criminal lawyer involved as soon as possible to give you advice and preserve the best chance possible to resolve the matter. Please feel free to call or contact us online to receive a free confidential consultation.