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It goes without saying that assault is an incredibly serious crime in Minnesota. If you’ve been charged with assault, battery or any other criminal offense, it is crucial that you reach out as soon as possible to a skilled criminal defense attorney who can help prepare a strong defense on your behalf. A conviction for assault can follow you around for the rest of your life, which is why it is so important that you take action promptly.
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What is assault?
According to Section 609.224 of the Minnesota Statutes, assault, at its most basic level, is defined as the intentional infliction or attempted infliction of bodily harm upon another person. That means anyone that commits an act with the intent of causing fear in another of immediate bodily harm or death can be convicted of assault.
Examples of assault
There are many different categories of assault that a person can be charged with, each requiring its own specialized defense. Examples include aggravated assault, assault with a deadly weapon, assault on a police officer, domestic violence, sexual assault, vehicular assault, and many, many others.
Assaults, like many crimes, range in severity depending on the particular facts of the case. The least severe form of assault is known as fifth-degree assault and is a misdemeanor criminal matter. Conviction for assault in the fifth-degree results in up to 90 days behind bars and fines.
The most severe form of assault is first-degree assault, a felony crime in Minnesota. The most serious of all assault charges, first-degree assault exists when an assault takes place to the point of causing great bodily harm. A conviction for first-degree assault can result in up to 20 years in prison as well as $30,000 in fines.
Beyond the serious legal penalties such as jail time and thousands of dollars in fines, those who are convicted of assault face years of hardship due to the stain of a criminal record. A conviction for assault can make it harder to secure housing, go to school, start a business or find work. Like most serious crimes, an assault conviction can seriously disrupt your life in a multitude of ways.
Given the severe consequences for those facing charges of assault, it is critical that you reach out to an attorney with the experience to handle such complex criminal matters. Remember that no matter how serious the charges, you are not without hope and that a skilled legal defense can be mounted on your behalf. If you or someone you know is dealing with an assault case and is in need of advice, don’t hesitate to call the Kans Law Firm today at (952) 835-6314 for a free consultation.