Assault Charges in Minnesota
Minneapolis Attorney Bill Sherry vigorously defends people accused of assault in all Minnesota courts. Attorney offices located in Dakota County, Apple Valley, MN.
In Minnesota, there are different types of assault and different degrees of assault including domestic assault, orders for protection, harassment, and restraining orders. The definition of assault includes intentionally causing bodily harm (any pain or injury). Assault charges can also arise from doing an act with intent to cause fear of bodily harm, even if the other person was not actually injured. The range of assault charges includes misdemeanor assault, gross misdemeanor assault and felony assault, depending on the seriousness of injury and whether the case involves prior offenses or weapons.
Felony assault charges include First Degree Assault, Second Degree Assault, Second Degree Assault with a Dangerous Weapon, Third Degree Assault, and Fourth Degree Assault of a Police Officer or Emergency Medical Personnel. Some of these charges carry presumptive prison sentences, and convictions for felony assault usually involve at least some jail time.
Assault cases are often over-charged and can be defended by showing that you didn’t intend any harm, or were acting in self-defense. An assault conviction usually means serving jail time, and can have long-lasting consequences for things like employment, background checks and firearms possession. Because the stakes are high, it is important to identify all of the defenses available to you. Apple Valley lawyer Bill Sherry has successfully defended many people charged with assault in Dakota County and throughout Minnesota.
As an experienced Minnesota criminal defense attorney, Bill Sherry understands that legal problems don’t always happen during ordinary office hours.