Domestic Assault / Domestic Violence Defense Lawyer St. Paul & Minneapolis
Domestic assault is a type of assault that is rather easy to be accused of. A jealous ex-spouse, girlfriend or boyfriend can make the accusation. Many times, a person is accused of domestic assault when they are going through a divorce because the other spouse may be trying to gain custody of children or they believe that the accusation will help them get their way in the divorce.
Regardless of why a person is charged with domestic assault, law enforcement takes the accusation seriously. The alleged victim tends to be given the benefit of the doubt just in case their accusations have merit.
If you or a loved one has been accused of domestic assault, you deserve to be defended by a seasoned and knowledgeable St. Paul criminal defense attorney who knows how to fight for the best result. Even when there is merit to the charges, there are strategies that can be used to secure a satisfactory conclusion.
Quality Domestic Assault Defense
Domestic assault is charged at three levels: misdemeanor, gross misdemeanor, and felony. Which a person is charged with depends on how severe the alleged act was. If a person is convicted of domestic assault, the possible penalties include jail time, prison time, anger management classes, fines, counseling, probation, and consequences the judge feels are appropriate as allowed by the law.
There is also the fact that most domestic assault cases involve an order for protection that says the individual named in that order cannot contact the alleged victim or any minors that may live with them. In other words, a parent could be prevented from seeing their children. This is something that can interfere with the well-being of children, especially in cases where the assault was completely inflated or didn’t happen.
Your attorney can work with you in helping you remove a protection order and fight the charges so that contact can be allowed with children and so everyone can move on with their lives.
Fighting For Your Rights And Future
It is very important to fight a domestic assault offense with the help of a highly experienced St. Paul criminal attorney for the fact that it is an enhanceable offense. What this means is that any future domestic assault charges could be made more serious if there is a past conviction. This can result in rights issues, such as the inability to own a gun or purchase any kind of firearm. A domestic assault conviction is one that can follow you for the remainder of your life, which is why it is in your best interest to fight it rather than accept it.
Contact A St. Paul Criminal Defense Lawyer
Domestic assault is a crime that is taken very seriously in Minnesota. In fact, those accused can be subject to orders for protection and a number of other matters. If convicted, an individual may have to serve time in jail, pay fines, and will also lose certain rights such as owning a firearm. If you or a loved one has been accused of domestic assault, it is important that you seek legal counsel as soon as possible. Call The Law Office of Alex DeMarco at 651-503-8394 to schedule a free 30 minute consultation.