Minnesota Domestic Violence Lawyer
Defending Clients in Anoka & Minneapolis Against Domestic Abuse Crimes
Assault committed in a domestic setting against family or household members is taken very seriously in Minnesota. If you are being investigated for, have been arrested, or are currently charged with a domestic violence crime, it is vital that you speak with a domestic violence lawyer at as soon as possible. Bringing in an attorney early may save you from being formally charged or may result in charges being dropped.
Without competent legal help, however, you could be at the mercy of false, exaggerated, or misleading accusations from your accuser that can seriously threaten your reputation, your job or career, your freedom, and your future.
At Midwest Defense, we believe you are innocent until proven guilty. We will defend that basis along with all of your other constitutional rights while we work intensively to investigate the facts and circumstances of your arrest that can prove favorable to your defense. These types of cases often arise out of little or no evidence, based on your accuser’s allegations that may be unprovable. Our firm is here to work as your advocate and to provide you with an aggressive defense strategy and high-level service.
Domestic Violence Crimes in Minnesota
Domestic assault is a special type of assault in Minnesota due to the fact that it involves a family or household member. It basically consists of intentionally causing or trying to cause bodily injury to the alleged victim or engaging in some type of action that is intended to put the victim in fear of being harmed or killed.
The latter definition means that physical contact does not have to occur; you can threaten the victim, placing him or her in fear, and that alone can constitute domestic assault.
The term “family and household members” is a broad category that includes:
- Spouses and ex-spouses
- Parents and children
- People living together or who have lived together in the past
- Blood relatives
- People who share a child in common
- People involved in a romantic or sexual relationship
Domestic assault is charged as a misdemeanor. Misdemeanors generally carry a maximum of up to a year in jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000. However, a repeat offense within a 10-year period can be charged as a gross misdemeanor. Gross misdemeanors can carry jail time of up to year with fines up to $3,000. A third domestic assault within 10 years will lead to a felony charge which carries a maximum of up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. You may also be ordered to provide restitution to the victim for medical or counseling expenses or for other damages.
Domestic assault by strangulation is another crime of domestic violence wherein suffocation of the victim is attempted by impeding breathing. This is a felony carrying a maximum of three years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.
Protective Orders in Minnesota
Accusations of domestic violence crimes often lead to protective orders being issued by a court on behalf of the alleged victim. These orders, otherwise known as restraining orders, will prohibit you from making any contact with your accuser whether in person, through text, phone, email, or letter. They can order you to vacate your home and can lead to losing visitation rights or custody of your children and contain other restrictions or orders. Because of the significant impact that a protective order can have on your life, it is crucial that you have a criminal defense lawyer in your corner as soon as possible. Our firm can defend you in any court hearings related to such orders to ensure that your voice is heard.
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A domestic violence conviction can deeply impact your life and future leading to criminal and financial penalties, immigration consequences if you are a noncitizen, and the loss of your right to own or carry a firearm. It will leave you with a permanent criminal record that can impact your ability to get a job, financial aid, obtain a professional license, or attend higher education. You need to fight back to protect your future. Our firm is here to respond to your needs and to provide a tenacious defense throughout the legal process.
Call (651) 808-0335 to speak with our friendly staff to book a free case review with our Minnesota domestic violence attorney today.
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