2nd Degree Assault in Minnesota, Criminal Defense Attorneys

Assault in the Second Degree is a serious felony level charge.

If someone is found guilty of Assault in the Second Degree, they could face up to ten years in prison and could be required to pay up to a $20,000 fine.

There are two ways someone can be found guilty of Assault in the Second Degree:


1. Dangerous Weapon

If the State proves that someone (1) assaulted another person (2) with a dangerous weapon. A dangerous weapon is:

  • Any firearm, loaded or unloaded
  • Any device designed as a weapon and capable of producing death or great bodily harm
  • Any combustible or flammable liquid or other instrumentality or device that is used or intended to be used, that could produce great bodily harm
  • Any fire that is used to produce death or great bodily harm.

2. Dangerous Weapon; Substantial Bodily Harm

If the State proves that someone (1) assaulted another person; (2) with a dangerous weapon; and (3) caused substantial bodily harm. The definition of a dangerous weapon is the same as above. Substantial bodily harm means bodily injury which involves a temporary but substantial disfigurement, or which causes a temporary but substantial loss or impairment of any bodily member or organ, or which causes a fracture of any bodily member.

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MN Statute


View the Minnesota Statute on the Website: Official Publication of the State of Minnesota Revisor of Statutes

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If you or someone you know has been charged with Assault in the Second Degree, it is important to seek legal representation. For a free consultation, call 651-455-1555, or send us a message or see our Assault overview page for more information.

Tom Sieben and Patrick Cotter have extensive experience in handling Felony Second Degree Assault cases with successful results: 

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