According to Jane Doe Inc., there have been 15 domestic violence deaths in Massachusetts this year. The latest victim, Rebecca C. Moulton, was allegedly beaten to death by her live-in boyfriend. Moulton was 27.
Her boyfriend, David W. Vincent from Pittsfield, was initially held for assault with intent to murder and aggravated assault and battery. On Friday, Vincent pleaded guilty to an “upgraded” charge of murder.
Jane Doe Inc. says that there were 25 domestic violence murder in 2008 and 42 domestic violence deaths in 2007.
Domestic violence may consist of violent interactions between family members or members of the same household or people that are or were romantically involved with one another. Domestic violence should not be tolerated.
While this is a serious crime that can cause great injury to its victims, not everyone that is accused of committing domestic violence is guilty of the offense. In some instances, a fight between a husband and wife can be wrongly construed as a domestic violence incident, with one party forced to take the brunt of the blame. False accusations have also been known to occur-sometimes brought about during the heat of the moment.
An experienced Boston criminal defense law firm understands that there are often complex dynamics at play during interactions between family members and lovers. Massachusetts, however, has a mandatory arrest police that mandates that law enforcement officers arrest anyone accused of domestic violence. Domestic charges may include allegations of assault, harassment, reckless endangerment, restraining order violations, assault with a deadly weapon, unlawful imprisonment, stalking, kidnapping, and murder.
You are entitled to the best defense possible against any Massachusetts domestic violence allegation or criminal charge. The outcome of your case could affect your marriage, your career, divorce or child custody proceedings, and the rest of your life.
Cops: State logs 15th domestic violence homicide of 2009, Boston Herald, June 6, 2009
Pittsfield Man Pleads Not Guilty To Murder, CBS 3 Springfield, June 5, 2009
Related Web Resources:
One Million False Allegations of Domestic Violence Each Year, Report Finds, MediaRadar.org, January 29, 2007
Domestic Violence, The National Father’s Resource Center
Contact Altman & Altman LLP for your free case evaluation with one of our experienced Boston domestic violence lawyers.