Domestic assault is taken very seriously in Minnesota. The moment the accusation is made, law enforcement aggressively pursues the accused. However, there are times when an act is perceived as domestic assault or an individual simply wrongly accuses another in the household of domestic assault.
Unfortunately, false accusations tend to be associated with divorce cases, child custody cases, or out of retaliation. Whatever the reason behind the accusation may be, the State of Minnesota takes it very seriously and that means you need the legal representation of an experienced St. James criminal defense lawyer.
Effectively Fighting Domestic Assault Charges
Domestic assault may be charged as a misdemeanor, a gross misdemeanor, or a felony. Which charge is applied depends on the severity of the alleged act and any aggravating factors that may surrounded. If a person is tried and convicted of domestic assault, the resulting jail sentence could be 4 or more months, lengthy probation, anger management courses, fines, and counseling. There is also the fact that there is a permanent criminal record that is established.
In nearly all domestic assault cases, a judge will also issue an Order for Protection to prevent the defendant from contacting the alleged victim. Even if there are children involved, the OFP applies to the children as well. This can make determining the needs of children difficult and can make meeting the financial needs of the children quite complicated. This is one reason why it is important to reach a resolution in the case as soon as possible.
Utilizing The Facts For The Best Result
Domestic assault is classified as an “enhancable offense” in Minnesota, which means that any future charge of domestic assault could become more serious due to there being a prior conviction. This translates into another conviction resulting in increased jail time, higher fines, the termination of certain rights like owning a gun, and much more.
There are also the collateral consequences that having a criminal record causes, especially one involving a violent crime. Those consequences include having difficulty finding a place to live, going to school, keeping a job, finding a new job, and moving forward with anything that requires a background check to be performed.
With the help of your Mankato criminal defense lawyer, you can receive the best possible result in the case. The better result, the better it is going to be for your future, allowing you to move on with your life. If the charge is the result of a false accusation, we will work hard to prove this fact so the charges against you will be dismissed and the OFP dropped.
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Domestic assault is a very serious matter. It is serious for the victim and serious for the alleged perpetrator. If you have been accused of domestic assault, it is your right to defend yourself against the charges so that you can obtain the best result possible. To find out how you can defend your rights and your future, contact the Rosengren, Kohlmeyer & Hagen Law Office, Chtd. at 507-625-5000 for an initial consultation.