Defense Of Your Future After Domestic Assault Charges

Domestic AssaultIf you're facing a domestic assault charge, you need a lawyer with integrity who understands the emotional aspects of your case and will work to protect your rights to your family.

Misdemeanor Or Felony?

Under Minnesota law, a domestic assault charge is a misdemeanor unless you've been convicted of domestic assault in the last 10 years, or the assault involves strangulation.

In the case of a prior conviction within the designated time frame, the charge is a gross misdemeanor, and is punishable by up to one year in jail and/or up to $3,000 in fines. If strangulation was involved, you will be charged with a felony and could face up to three years' imprisonment and/or a $5,000 fine.

The Outcome Of Your Case May Affect Your Family Life For Years

A conviction for a crime like domestic assault can impact how you interact with those you love the most. It may affect the court's decision in an outstanding divorce or child custody case. You may be ordered to limit contact with the person assaulted. You could be required to attend a domestic abuse counseling program, or subjected to evaluation and treatment for alcohol or drug dependency. The repercussions of a court's determination of guilt can spin out for a very long time. Aggressive defense is in your best interest when you have been charged with a domestic violence offense.

Experienced Defense Lawyers Ready To Help

The criminal law attorneys at Patton, Hoversten & Berg, P.A. will provide you with conscientious and knowledgeable representation. Contact us today to find out how we can help you when you have been accused of family violence. Call us in Waseca at 507-835-5240, in Owatonna at 507-451-9000, in Faribault at 507-332-7425, in Janesville at 507-234-5106 or toll-free at 1-888-835-5244.