Assault

Assault Attorney In Anoka, Minnesota

Assault is the act of intentionally causing bodily harm to another person or instilling fear into another person that they are going to be harmed. In other words, you do not have to actually touch a person to be charged with assault and the charge alone can have an impact on your future.

If you have been charged with Assault, Mr. Peterson is an experienced Minnesota assault defense lawyer who can effectively defend you and your interests in criminal court. In some cases, charges have been dismissed. In others the defendant has been acquitted or the charges reduced.

Fighting For A Better Outcome

The goal is to avoid conviction, if possible. Even when it is not possible, a reduction in the charges may be the best result. When it is possible to avoid the maximum charges, as many of the penalties as possible can be avoided. Avoiding being charged with the maximum will also be more in your favor in the future when trying to get a job, find a place to live, going back to school, or anything with a background check. For instance, it is easier for a person to move forward through their life with a misdemeanor assault on their record than felonious assault.

In Minnesota, there are six different types of assault. They are first through fifth degree and domestic assault. First degree assault is the most serious of the charges because it is a felony, whereas fifth degree assault is a misdemeanor. Domestic assault can be charged at a number of levels, depending on the severity. For instance,

Strategic Assault Defense

There are a number of defenses that can be used by your Anoka criminal defense attorney to achieve the best result when accused of assault. Sometimes the assault occurred as the result of self-defense. When that is the case, it is important to prove that fact. Witness statements, surveillance videos, and anything of the like that was present at the time of the alleged assault can be useful in determining that self-defense was the reason for the act. If it is proven that it was self-defense, a person has the right to defend themselves.

It is imperative to utilize a creative and factual defense in order to avoid as many of the consequences as possible, which includes the following:

  • Prison or jail
  • Fines
  • Restitution
  • A restraining order or order for protection
  • Mandatory counseling
  • Anger management classes
  • Issues with child custody
  • Loss of the right to own a firearm

Which penalty or combination of penalties is paid depends on what degree of assault and type of assault the defendant is charged with. It also depends on the strength of the defense in showing that the maximum charge and/or penalties are not ideal.