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SENATE DOCKET, NO. 1639         FILED ON: 1/18/2013

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 760

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Joan B.  Lovely

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act relative to domestic violence and public safety.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Joan B.  Lovely

Second Essex

Massachusetts District Attorneys Association

1 Bulfinch Place, 202

Michael O. Moore

Second Worcester

Bruce E. Tarr

First Essex and Middlesex


SENATE DOCKET, NO. 1639        FILED ON: 1/18/2013

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 760

By Ms. Lovely, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 760) of Joan Lovely, Massachusetts District Attorneys Association, Michael O. Moore and Bruce E. Tarr for legislation relative to domestic violence and public safety.  The Judiciary. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen

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An Act relative to domestic violence and public safety.
 

              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

              SECTION 1. Section 3 of chapter 22E of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2010 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting before the first sentence  the following:-

              Any person who is arrested by virtue of process, or is taken into custody by an officer and charged with the commission of a felony shall submit a DNA sample upon arrest. 

              Said section 3, as so appearing, is further amended in lines 5 - 7, by striking the words “within 1 year of such conviction or adjudication or, if incarcerated, before release from custody, whichever occurs first” and inserting in place thereof the following:-

              forthwith upon conviction. 

              SECTION 2. Section 11 of said chapter 22E, as so appearing, is hereby amended by striking the section, and inserting in place thereof the following words:- 

              Any person required to provide a DNA sample pursuant to this chapter and who fails to provide such DNA sample upon arrest, conviction or adjudication shall be subject to arrest, punishment by a fine of not more than $1,000 or imprisonment in a jail or house of correction for not more than six months or both.

              SECTION 3.  Section 15 of said chapter 22E, as so appearing, is hereby amended by inserting after the word “expunged”, in line 3, the following words:-

              If the original offense upon which the collection of DNA is based does not result in a conviction or adjudication; or

              SECTION 4.  Chapter 265, as so appearing, is hereby further amended by striking out section 13M, and inserting in place thereof the following section:-

              Section 13M. (a) Whoever commits an assault or assault and battery on a family or household member, as defined in section 1 of chapter 209A, shall be punished by imprisonment in the house of correction for not more than 2 ½ years or by a fine of not more than $5,000 or both.

              (b) Whoever is convicted of committing an assault or assault and battery on a family or household member, after having previously been convicted of, placed on probation for, granted a continuance without a finding for, or otherwise having pleaded guilty to or admitted to a finding of sufficient facts for (1) an assault or assault and battery on a family or household member; (2) an offense that has as an element the use, attempted use, or threatened use of physical force against the person of another; (3) an offense that has as an element the possession, use, or threatened use of a deadly weapon; (4) a “sex offense” as defined in section 178C of chapter 6 of the General Laws, or (5) a violation of section 7 of chapter 209A, shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for not more than 5 years or in the house of correction for not more than 2 ½ years, or by a fine of not more than $10,000, or by both such fine and imprisonment.

              (c) For any violation of this section, or as a condition of a continuance without a finding, the court shall order the defendant to complete a certified batterer’s intervention program unless, upon good cause shown, the court issues specific written findings describing the reasons that batterer’s intervention should not be ordered or unless the batterer’s intervention program determines that the defendant is not suitable for intervention.

              SECTION 5.  Chapter 265, as so appearing, is hereby further amended by inserting after Section 15C the following section:--

              Section 15D. (a) For the purposes of this section the following words shall have the following meanings:

              "Strangulation" shall mean the intentional interference of the normal breathing or circulation of blood by applying pressure on the throat or neck of another.

              "Suffocation" shall mean the intentional interference of the normal breathing or circulation of blood by blocking the nose or mouth of another.

              "Serious bodily injury" shall mean bodily injury that results in a permanent disfigurement, loss or impairment of a bodily function, limb or organ, or a substantial risk of death.

              (b) Whoever strangles or suffocates another shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for not more than 5 years or in the house of correction for not more than 2 ½ years, or by a fine of not more than $5,000, or by both such fine and imprisonment.

              (c) Whoever: (i) strangles or suffocates another and by such strangulation or suffocation causes serious bodily injury; or (ii) strangles or suffocates another who is pregnant at the time of such strangulation or suffocation, knowing or having reason to know that the person is pregnant; or (iii) is convicted of strangling or suffocating another after having been previously convicted of the crime of strangling or suffocating another under this section, or of a like offense in federal court or the court of any state; or (iv) strangles or suffocates another who he or she knows has an outstanding temporary or permanent vacate, restraining or no contact order or judgment issued pursuant to section 18, 34B or 34C of chapter 208 , section 32 of chapter 209, section 3, 4 or 5 of chapter 209A, section 7 or 10 of chapter 209A½, or section 15 or 20 of chapter 209C, in effect against him or her at the time the offense was committed, shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for not more than 10 years or in the house of correction for not more than 2½ years, and by a fine of not more than $10,000.

              SECTION 6.  Section 55 of chapter 276, as so appearing, is hereby amended by inserting in line five after the words “or with intent to commit a felony” the following:-

              or would constitute domestic abuse as defined in section 1 of chapter 209A or a violation of an order issued pursuant to section 3, 4 or 5 of chapter 209A or section 34B or 34C of chapter 208.

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