CRIMINAL LAW – DOMESTIC ASSAULT
Domestic assault is taken very seriously throughout Minneapolis. In fact, law enforcement is taking steps to effectively combat domestic assault by targeting problem areas. These are areas that see a lot of domestic assault calls. Although the areas may be seen as problematic, however, that doesn’t mean that every domestic violence call is a legitimate one.
Unfortunately, there are times when an individual may claim domestic assault that isn’t legitimate. This is more common than what it may seem, as some will claim domestic assault out of retaliation, divorces, and custody disputes. Regardless of why you or a loved one may be accused of domestic assault, you need an effective and aggressive Minneapolis criminal defense lawyer to protect your rights and represent you so you can put the case behind you as soon as possible.
Fighting For Your Future
The Minnesota Domestic Abuse Act states that a person (relative or domestic partner who was allegedly abused or feared abuse) can receive an Order for Protection (OFP) if they are over the age of 25 or on behalf of any minor within their care if they believe there is a threat of immediate danger to them or the minor. The court will grant a temporary order and then the defendant is able to speak in their defense. Sometimes an OFP is not in the best interest of children, so a person can make a case as to why they shouldn’t be subject to it. This reduces the chance of a violation that can result in up to 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine. Repeated violations could lead to a felony conviction with penalties of up to $10,000 in fines and prison.
Order for Protection violation charges come in addition to any domestic assault charges, which means the penalties can be more serious. If charged with domestic assault, you could potentially face up to 90 days in jail and a fine of up to $1,000. Domestic assault by suffocation or strangulation could result in a fine of up to $5,000 and three years in prison.
Strategic Defense Against Domestic Assault Charges
Having a Minneapolis criminal defense lawyer who is able to develop a strategic defense based on the facts is very important. Even if you are a first time offender, you need the best possible defense. If there has been a prior offense, then you will also need an aggressive offense for the fact that one prior conviction can lead to a year in prison and a fine of $3,000 and two or more prior convictions can result in five years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines. By having a competent attorney by your side, you can make a difference in your future.
Contact A Minneapolis Criminal Defense Attorney
Law enforcement is cracking down on domestic assault in Minneapolis and St. Paul, targeting specific areas that they see as problem areas. If you have been accused of domestic assault you need focused representation that will fight for your rights and your future. To learn more about the strategic defense that the Marso & Michelson firm can build for you, call 612-821-4817 to schedule a free consultation.