Assault and Battery cases alleging domestic abuse allow for a written statement of abuse to be entered into a statewide domestic violence record keeping system. The Commonweatlh will simply file a notice with the Court that domestic abuse is alleged and the Court must conduct a preliminary inquiry to determine that the Commonwealth’s allegation of domestic abuse has sufficient factual support. If these criteria are met, the statement enters the statewide system and can only be removed upon:
- A Finding of Not Guilty;
- The Grand Jury returning a No Bill; or
- No Probable Cause being found by the Court.
At the present time, the records in the system are available to law enforcement and judges considering petitions or complaints for restraining and protective orders. As a result, whenever facing assault and battery cases, it is important to hire an attorney who has handled hundreds of assault and battery cases. Contact Attorney Shane W. Surrette at (774) 364-4605 or at [email protected] today.