Assault can happen for a number of reasons. Regardless of the reason, the injuries that the alleged victim receives and how the injuries were inflicted can play into how serious the charges are.
If you have been charged with assault, it is important to call your southern Minnesota criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. The reason is because you need to have your rights and interests defended from the very beginning. The assault charge may not be warranted or the facts may show that the seriousness of it is not necessary. Sometimes assault charges stem from a person simply trying to defend him- or herself against another person, but it just so happens that the other person sustained worse injuries. Whatever the facts, we will uncover them and use them to help secure the best outcome for you.
Aggressive Assault Representation
There are two types of assault. The first is aggravated assault and the second is domestic assault. In an aggravated assault case, the exact charge is going to depend on what happened and how it happened. For instance, use of a weapon in an assault is going to constitute a higher charge than assault without a weapon. The penalty could be up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $30,000 for first degree assault. For fifth degree assault, which usually includes an event like a bar skirmish, the penalty is up to 90 days in jail.
Factors that determine the seriousness of the charge include:
- Whether great or substantial bodily harm was inflicted
- The victim’s age
- Whether or not a weapon was used
- Whether the assault was due to some kind of discrimination
- If the victim was a corrections officer, police officer, EMT, firefighter, or another such individual
All factors are considered at the time of arrest. However, a more in-depth investigation of what occurred could result in a conviction for a lesser charge or the charges being dismissed. Finding these facts is a priority of your attorney.
In the case of domestic assault, it is a matter occurring within the household and an order for protection may be sought by the victim. Unfortunately, there are times when individuals are accused of domestic assault when they did nothing. While there are many legitimate cases, there are those in which a vendetta may result in the accusation, making it even more important to have proper legal representation.
Solid Defense Strategies
When it comes to an assault defense, there are a number of strategies that your Mankato criminal defense attorney can use to help secure the best outcome. Most assault charges are the result of self-defense, making it imperative that the facts be sought and a strategic defense developed.
Contact A Southern Minnesota Criminal Defense Lawyer
The seriousness of an assault charge depends on the severity of the injuries sustained by the alleged victim, as well as factors that include the use of a weapon and intent. If you or a loved one has been charged with assault, you have access to an experienced and skilled criminal defense attorney who can advocate for the best possible conclusion to the case. To learn more about your rights and options, call Farrish Johnson Law Office, CHTD at 507-625-2525 for a free consultation.
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