Being charged with Assault is a very serious situation. Not only can it result in a felony conviction, with potential sentences ranging from 10 to 20 years imprisonment, but being convicted of any level of assault can affect every area of your life, for the rest of your life. If you are charged with assault, it is important that you take the time to talk to a criminal defense attorney that can help you.
If you are facing assault charges, it is important to know how the system works, to protect your rights, to know what your options are, and the pros and cons of each and every choice. That’s what we do.
We offer free consultations so that you don’t have to fight alone. The best thing you can do is take the time to sit down with a trained criminal defense attorney and talk about your case.
What is Assault?
If you are charged with assault, the State is claiming that you have acted in a way where you intended to cause injury or imminent fear of injury to another person. Often times, the crime of battery is also associated with the assault. However, under Minnesota laws, battery has been eliminated and incorporated into the definition of assault.
Assault can be a felony, gross misdemeanor or misdemeanor. There are also various degrees of assault. It is important to understand the differences between all of these degrees when you are charged with assault to understand the potential consequences. It is important to remember that this information is general in nature. To receive answers to your questions, please call our office for an initial consultation at no cost. 612-217-0077
Definitions of harm
The level of harm inflicted upon a victim can determine the degree of assault you may be charged with.
First Degree Assault (Minn. Stat. §609.221)
A crime constitutes First Degree Assault if:
First Degree Assault carries a sentence of 10-20 years imprisonment and/or a fine of no more than $30,000.
Second Degree Assault (Minn. Stat. §609.222)
A crime constitutes Second Degree Assault if:
Second Degree Assault carries a maximum sentence of 10 years imprisonment and/or a fine of no more than $20,000.
Third Degree Assault (Minn. Stat. §609.223)
A crime constitutes Third Degree Assault if:
Third Degree Assault carries a maximum sentence of five years imprisonment and/or a fine of no more than $10,000.
Fourth Degree Assault (Minn. Stat. §609.2231)
A crime constitutes a Fourth Degree Assault if:
Fourth Degree Assault carries a maximum sentence of two years imprisonment and/or a fine or no more than $6,000.
Fifth Degree Assault (Minn. Stat. §609.224)
A crime constitutes a Fifth Degree Assault if:
Fifth Degree Assault carries a maximum sentence of five years imprisonment and/or a fine or no more than $10,000.
Why should you call us?
No matter what level of assault you are charged with, it’s important to consult with a criminal defense attorney to understand the charges, your rights, and protect your future. There are many excellent reasons to contact Ascheman Law for a free consultation, here are a few:
What to Do:
If the State is accusing you, or someone you love, of assault, you need trained criminal attorneys to help fight these charges. Call us today at 612-217-0077 to set up a free consultation.
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