The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts has recently stated that a parent may not be subjected to criminal liability for the use of force against a minor child under the care of that parent if certain criteria are present. Criminal liability will be absent provided that:
- The force used is reasonable;
- The force is reasonably related to the purpose of safeguarding or promoting the child’s welfare; and
- The force used neither causes, nor creates a substantial risk of causing physical harm or severe mental distress.
What is reasonable will depend on the circumstances of each case. With this in mind, if you find yourself facing criminal charges, contact a Criminal Lawyer with the experience to defend your rights. Contact Shane W. Surrette at (774) 364-4605 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.