Massachusetts Domestic Violence Lawyer


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has strict laws when it comes to domestic violence. Domestic violence cases can have lasting repercussions for all parties involved, including harsh penalties for the Defendant who is charged with domestic violence. This is why is is important to hire an experienced Massachusetts Criminal Defense lawyer to help with your case if you are charged with a domestic violence offense. The attorneys at Ellison Law LLC have represented many people on domestic violence charges. 

What Makes a Charge Domestic in Nature In Massachusetts?

A charge becomes a domestic violence charge in Massachusetts if it involves an alleged victim who is a "family or household member." Under the law, two persons are “family or household members” if:

  • they are or were married to each other
  • they have a child in common
  • they are or have been in a “substantive dating relationship" (determined as a case-by-case basis)

Can I Be Held Without Bail on a Domestic Violence Charge in Massachusetts? 

In Massachusetts, there is a six-hour waiting period for a person to be released on a domestic violence charge at the police station. 

If released, and given a summons to appear in court, the prosecution can still move for a dangerousness hearing on a domestic violence charge. This allows the prosecution to hold a person without being convicted for up to 120 days in jail after a dangerousness hearing,

At your Arraignment for a domestic violence charge, a prosecutor can move for a dangerousness hearing. If the appropriate initial criteria is met, a date will be set for the dangerousness hearing to occur. Except for good cause, the hearing will likely occur within seven (7) days after your Arraignment. You will have a constitutional right to have the assistance of a lawyer at the hearing.

At the hearing, the judge will make a determination if you are dangerous under the law and whether or not there are any conditions of release that can satisfy the safety of the community and any particular person.

Domestic Criminal Charges We Handle 

Massachusetts Assault and Battery on a Family/Household Member

Massachusetts Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon on a Family/Household Member

Massachusetts Strangulation

Massachusetts 209A Violation

Massachusetts Stalking/Criminal Harassment

The Law Office of David Ellison will Fight for You

If you are charged with a crime of domestic violence or if someone seeks a protective order against you, you should contact an experienced Massachusetts Criminal Defense Lawyer as soon as possible. Our lawyers will meet with you to come up with a unique strategy on how to best defend your case. We will conduct our own investigation into the case and help you to come up with a defense for your charges. Do not wait to contact Ellison Law LLC today at 401-230-5520


Meet Our Criminal Defense Lawyers

Our lawyers at Ellison Law LLC are extremely passionate about being criminal defense lawyers. We believe in treating our clients as if they are friends and family rather than just another client. We became lawyers because we love to advocate for people. We have developed a wealth of experience over the years representing people on all sorts of crimes from misdemeanors to felonies punishable by life in prison. We strive to represent our clients with compassion, honesty and dignity. We will make sure to be responsive to all of your questions and thoughts surrounding your case. When you hire Ellison Law LLC for your legal matter, you can be assured that you have a passionate, strategic and experienced lawyer on your side. If you have been charged with a crime, do not take any chances, contact Ellison Law LLC to handle your case today.

Advocating For You

When you hire Ellison Law LLC, not only are you getting passionate, experienced, and skilled lawyers in your corner, but you're getting lawyers who understand the importance of empathy, honesty, and trustworthiness. We love to advocate for you.