Degrees Of Assault

Felony Domestic Assault Charges In Minnesota

Assault is a serious crime and one that can result in years in prison and high fines. However, an individual can easily be falsely accused of assault. Perhaps you were defending yourself or an action was misconstrued as a threat to someone. Whatever the reason, a charge can be filed.

If you or a loved one has been accused of assault, it is important to secure the representation of a Golden Valley criminal defense attorney who has experience bringing out the facts in cases involving assault. Many times, what is perceived as assault may not be assault at all.

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There are different degrees of assault. They are:

  • First Degree Assault – The penalty is up to 20 years in prison and $30,000 in fines
  • Second Degree Assault – Up to 10 years in prison and $20,000 in fines
  • Third Degree Assault – Up to 5 years in prison and $10,000 in fines
  • Fourth Degree Assault – Up to $3,000 in fines and one year in jail
  • Fifth Degree Assault – Up to 90 days in jail

When charged with any of these levels of assault, it is important that you speak to your attorney as soon as possible. Even if there is merit to the charges, you still have the right to defend yourself and obtain the best outcome possible.

A Thorough Investigation Of Your Case

The degree of the assault charges depends on a number of factors. Those factors include:

  • Whether or not you allegedly used a weapon
  • The age of the alleged victim
  • Whether or not substantial bodily harm or any bodily harm occurred
  • The victim was a member of the police force, an EMT, a firefighter, school official, or corrections officer
  • If the assault was the result of religious, racial, sexual discrimination, or disability.

Whatever the reason behind the charges, your Hennepin County criminal defense attorney will thoroughly investigate the case in order to create a solid defense strategy. Witnesses will be interviewed, any surveillance tapes will be reviewed, and medical evidence will be evaluated. It is very important to show what really happened and present factors that work in your favor so that you can receive the best result in your case. The best result could be dismissed charges, reduced charges, or acquittal. So even when you feel that there is no hope in your case, the truth is that there is.

Contact A Minneapolis Criminal Defense Lawyer

Assault is a violent crime, so the penalties can be very strict. The type of assault is going to determine the exact charge and the penalty that results from conviction. If you have been accused of misdemeanor assault, aggravated assault, or domestic assault, it is important to contact an attorney as soon as possible. To learn more about your rights and options, call the Barry Hogen Law at
(612) 338-5545 to schedule an initial consultation.

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