Actor Christian Bale was released on bail on Tuesday, after he was arrested earlier in the day following allegations that he assaulted his sister and mother. Bale has issued a statement denying the allegations.
The 34-year-old movie star was detained at the London police station in England following his arrest. Bale’s mother and sister are accusing him of assaulting them at the Dorchester Hotel, the day before the latest Batman movie, “The Dark Knight,” had its European premier in London. Police reportedly waited to question him until after the movie opened.
In Massachusetts, a threat of violence is considered an assault. No one actually has to have been physically hurt for an assault charge to be filed-the same goes for an assault and battery charge, which includes the physical contact of another person without his or her permission.
If you have been arrested for assault and/or battery in Massachusetts, you are entitled to proper legal protection and representation against all charges. Some incidents are not always what they seem, and our Boston, Massachusetts assault lawyers can determine whether the charges against you can be dropped or reduced. Even if you have not been charge with a crime, but you are under investigation or have been arrested, it is never too soon to hire an experienced criminal defense team that is on your side.
The physical or emotional assault of family members, domestic partners, and ex-spouses is considered domestic violence, which is punishable by criminal law. The best way to combat any Massachusetts assault charges or other allegations related to domestic violence is to speak with an experienced domestic violence lawyer.
State law considers domestic violence a misdemeanor crime unless someone is seriously injured. If a domestic violence report is filed against you with police in Massachusetts, law enforcement officers are legally mandated to arrest anyone accused of this crime.
Christian Bale denies assault allegations, USA Today, July 22, 2008
Batman Star Christian Bale Arrested in London, National Post, July 22, 2008
Related Web Resources:
Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, Mass.gov
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