Assault Charges in Southern Minnesota
Mankato Assault Defense Attorney
Although every case is a little different, there are a few scenarios in which assault situations commonly arise:
Alcohol-Related Assault: Most people are aware and self-controlled enough when sober to avoid physical confrontations. Most of us, however, become much more courageous and much less aware after consuming too much alcohol or other drugs. This is why assault charges frequently arise in bars and parties, and alcohol is involved in most assault crimes.
College: We help students (and their parents) who have been charged with assault charges. Common scenarios for college assault crimes include fifth-degree misdemeanor, domestic, fights at house parties, sporting events, date rape and other related sexual assault charges.
Domestic Assault: Family law and criminal law converge on domestic violence charges. Husbands and wives frequently get into arguments that escalate into physical violence, especially when alcohol or drugs are involved. Minnesota handles domestic violence claims very seriously and you will absolutely want to know your rights and your options if you or a loved one are charged with domestic assault. Regardless of the situation in which your assault charge occurred, we can help you.
Aggravated Assault Charges
An aggravated assault charge results when an act of assault causes great bodily harm to another person. There are many reasons why assault occurs. Perhaps it was a self-defense situation or the assault happened while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Sometimes tempers can run very high and this results in a physical altercation that, while the intention is to cause the other person some kind of physical harm, the intent may not be to inflict serious injury.
If you have been accused of aggravated assault, the charge alone suggests that there has been an act of violence committed against another person. In many cases, violent acts are treated as felonies. Being convicted of a felony can result in fines, prison, and restitution. Collateral consequences can include difficulty getting a job, problems with finding a place to live, and having difficulty achieving anything that involves a background check. This is why it is important to secure the legal assistance of a qualified Mankato criminal defense lawyer.
Fighting Aggravated Assault Charges
If you are charged with assault, you will be charged with one of three charges. They are:
- First degree assault – Inflicting temporary bodily injury
- Second degree assault – Using a dangerous weapon in the assault
- Third degree assault – Committing an action that constitutes assault, such as strangulation
There are actually two different forms of aggravated assault. There is the felony charge where bodily injury has been caused to another person, especially when there is a risk of death, impairment, or permanent disfigurement. The second is that involving a deadly weapon. This means that there was a knife, gun, or any object that could be deemed a weapon used during the assault. The presence of a weapon can aggravate the charge to a felony.
Defending Your Rights And Future
The penalties for aggravated assault consist of probation, prison time, parole, loss of the right to own a firearm, fines, anger management courses, counseling, and any other penalties that the judge feels is appropriate. Of course, the exact sentence depends upon what occurred when the offense was committed, such as how the victim was injured during the assault and if they were assaulted due to another crime being committed. Many times, aggravated assault is the result of another crime.
With the help of a qualified Minnesota criminal defense lawyer, you do have a chance at a better future. By using creative defense strategies to ensure you receive the best outcome, you may not have to pay the maximum penalties. You will also know what to expect throughout the entire process and you do not have to face the charges alone.
We Provide Experienced Assault Defense
We have more than 40 combined years of experience as prosecutors and criminal defense lawyers, which includes thousands of criminal law cases we have handled. The attorneys at Kohlmeyer Hagen Law understand these cases and what needs to be done immediately to get the best possible outcome in your assault charge defense. We are intelligent at trial planning and strategy, savvy negotiators, and skillful advocates in the courtroom. If you are charged with a crime, we will work tirelessly to defend you.
We can be extremely aggressive if we have to, and we have taken that route enough times, but our number one objective is solving problems for our clients.
“This law firm is very experienced, very effective, and yet very personable when interacting with me throughout my nerve-wracking legal process. I’m completely satisfied with the outcome of my case. I would hire the Kohlmeyer Hagen Law Office again without hesitation. And, I have since recommended them to several friends and acquaintances.”
– TOM W., CLIENT
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