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Understanding domestic assault charges

On Behalf of | Apr 5, 2024 | Criminal Defense

Family problems can lead to arguments that can get out of hand. When there is an issue between family members in Minnesota, one party may face domestic assault charges. These charges must be taken seriously as a conviction can come with harsh consequences. Those charged can understand how best to protect themselves by knowing more about the different types of domestic assault charges and the repercussions that can come with a conviction.  

Domestic assault charges 

Domestic assault involves a family member or someone who lives in the household of the accused. A misdemeanor domestic assault charge may include the threat to cause bodily harm to another or intentionally inflicting or attempting to inflict actual harm. One can be charged with a gross misdemeanor if one has a domestic assault conviction within the past 10 years. This can result in imprisonment for up to 364 days and/or a fine up to $3000. 

If one is accused of possessing a firearm during a domestic assault situation, the individual may lose their firearm and the ability to legally own a firearm for a certain period. A conviction may also require an individual to surrender any other firearms owned, either temporarily or permanently. One can be charged with felony domestic assault if one has two or more previous convictions within the last 10 years. If convicted of felony domestic assault, one may face imprisonment up to five years and/or a fine up to $10,000. 

Criminal defense 

Everyone is entitled to defend themselves in court, no matter the charges. A domestic assault conviction can come with harsh consequences that could considerably change one’s life. Those accused have the right to seek legal advice from a Minnesota criminal defense attorney to understand their options.   


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