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Because assault cases can have very serious lifelong consequences, contacting an attorney experienced with this type of case is essential. As experienced criminal defense lawyers with outstanding results, we can guide you through this difficult time and we can help you avoid making mistakes that could permanently damage the chances of a successful outcome.
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Assault Charges: If you have been accused of assault, aggravated assault or assault with a weapon, you need to take immediate action to ensure your rights are protected. We represent clients who face many types of weapons assault charges in Minnesota.
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Assault cases: Our areas of experience
Weapons assault cases commonly involve handguns, rifles, pistols, shotguns and other deadly weapons. Our team of legal professionals can provide the criminal defense you need if you have been charged with any of the following:
- Aggravated assault
- Assault with a deadly weapon
- Drive-by shootings
- Domestic assault
To view various Minnesota statutes and detailed information on felony and misdemeanor assault and related charges, select from the list below:
Frequently Asked Questions
Assault in the Fourth Degree protects a special class of persons such as law enforcement, emergency medical personnel, correctional employees, vulnerable adult and others.
There are five “degrees” of assault organized based upon severity level in Minnesota.
609.224 ASSAULT IN THE FOURTH DEGREE
To be found guilty of assault in the fifth degree, the person must: (1) commit an act with intent to cause fear in another of immediate bodily harm or death or; (2) intentionally inflict or attempted to inflict bodily harm upon another.
There are five “degrees” of assault organized based upon severity level in Minnesota, Assault in the Fifth Degree is the lowest.
609.224 ASSAULT IN THE FIFTH DEGREE
No! No contact orders are one-sided and inflexible. It doesn’t matter if the person says its okay to see or speak to them. Once the order is issued, it can only be changed by a judge. While the order is in effect, if the two of you have contact, no matter who initiates it, the only person who faces consequences is you
No, only the prosecutor can dismiss the charges. They can provide their input to the prosecutor and the court about whether the charges should go forward, but your spouse/partner does not control whether the charges are dismissed.
In Minnesota, an assault can be committed by hitting someone, or even attempting to hit someone, meaning physical contact or injury to the victim are not required. All that is required is a person’s intent to inflict injury, or cause fear of injury on the victim. With that being said, there are a number of factors that determine the severity level of the offense, ranging from 1st degree to 5th degree assault. Those factors are the level of the injury inflicted, who the victim is, whether a weapon was used, and your motivations for the assault.
Domestic assault involves the same or similar conduct as the other forms of assault under Minnesota law, but only differs from those offenses because it only applies to certain family or household members. These members include spouses, former spouses, parents and children, people related by blood, people who live together or have lived together, people who have dated, people who have children together, and pregnant women and the alleged fathers of their children. Usually domestic assault offenses carry higher severity levels, than the same or similar conduct not involving a family or household member.
Timing is imperative
If you face assault charges, the first thing you should do is contact an experienced attorney—before you talk to the police. A bad outcome could result in a lifetime of negative consequences, including the inability to secure a job, a loan or a house. You need to be sure you get criminal defense from the moment you are accused until your case is tried.
Whether you face state or federal charges, my law office can help you navigate the legal system. We will listen to your story and provide a comprehensive consultation at no charge.
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