Roberto Perez, 18, of Rockland, Massachusetts, will be arraigned today in Hingham District Court for stabbing another teenager at a party in Rockland this past Saturday. The District Attorney's Office has charged Roberto Perez with Armed Assault with Intent to Murder and Assault & Battery with a Dangerous Weapon.
The victim, a 16 year old boy, was allegedly stabbed multiple times and ended up being airlifted to Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital where he was listed in stable condition. It is not clear at this time what the dispute was that led to the assault.
In Massachusetts, the crime of Armed Assault with Intent to Murder is governed by M.G.L. Chapter 265, Section 18(b), and provides for imprisonment to state prison for up to 20 years. Additionally, the crime of Assault & Battery with a Dangerous Weapon, Causing Serious Bodily Injury, M.G.L. Chapter 265, Section 15A(c), provides for imprisonment to state's prison for up to 15 years.
Boston Criminal Lawyer | Lefteris K. Travayiakis offers his own thoughts:
In my years of practice, I have seen increased violence allegedly committed from younger defendants. In recent years, it is not uncommon to see the police or the District Attorney's Office charging teenagers for very violent crimes seeking harsh punishments against them. In many of those violent crimes, not only are dangerous weapons allegedly being used, such as knives, but also guns or firearms.
Notwithstanding their young age, teenage defendants are being prosecuted very aggressively for major felony crimes and violent offenses. Although in many cases prosecutors might end up taking the young defendant's age into consideration or their lack of a 'serious' record, these teenage criminal defendants still face hefty penalties for crimes involving firearms and dangerous weapons, very long terms of probation, and in certain cases, minimum-mandatory sentences.
If you have been charged or are under investigation for any criminal offense in Massachusetts, it is important that you consult with an experienced Massachusetts Criminal Defense Attorney.
To discuss your criminal case with a Boston Criminal Defense Lawyer and to schedule a Free Consultation, contact Attorney Lefteris K. Travayiakis by e-mail or directly at 617-325-9500.