Is this considered assault under MA law? Now what do I do?

Additional Information:

My wife and I own our own home in Millbury and last Saturday at 10 AM I started power washing our house.  My neighbor charged out of his house and started screaming profanities at me while on my property about how I always wake him up.  The altercation didn’t get physical but at first he wouldn’t get off my property when I asked him to and he threatened me.  Is this considered assault under MA law and what can I do to protect ourselves and our home?

ATTORNEY ANSWER:

A trespass occurred when he came onto your property and wouldn’t leave when you requested him to. If you reasonably believed he was going to cause you harm when he came onto the property and you believed he was capable of doing harm and this placed you in fear, an assault occurred. You should report this to the police immediately and request they keep an eye on the situation. 

Millbury Criminal Defense  Attorney, Michael Franklin, provides legal representation to individuals  in Millbury, Massachusetts and in the neighboring communities in the Worcester County region including the cities and towns of Worcester, Grafton, Sutton, Auburn and Leicester.

 

Attorney Michael Franklin
Millbury Criminal Defense Attorney
5 State Street, Suite 1F
Worcester, MA 01609