There are many times when assault charges are the result of frightening situations that are very emotionally driven.
Sometimes the events are not accurately reflected to the authorities. The end result is a set of charges that can have a very devastating impact on a person’s life and their future.
If you are accused of assault you will need the help of an experienced attorney.
TYPES OF ASSAULT
There are different types of assault charges in Minnesota. The most common are:
- Assault with a deadly weapon
- Domestic assault
- Knowingly transmitting a disease
- Assault of an officer
- Sexual assault
- Malicious punishment of a child
- Harassment and stalking
DEGREES OF ASSAULT
There are five degrees of assault plus domestic assault for a total of six different charges that can be brought against a person.
- First Degree Assault is the most serious because it involves serious bodily injury or assaulting of a police officer or peace officer with deadly force.
- Second Degree Assault also involves the use of a dangerous weapon, inflicting serious bodily harm with
- Third Degree Assault involving the inflicting of bodily harm on an individual or repeated acts against a child.
- Fourth Degree Assault involves the assault of an ER doctor, nurse, EMT, firefighter, natural resources employee, or correctional officer or anyone with prejudice or bias.
- Fifth Degree Assault is the threatening of another in which they are placed in fear of injury or attempting to inflict bodily injury on someone.
Domestic Assault is violence that is committed against a spouse, a former spouse, or any family member or person in which there was a romantic relationship. These are also cases that exist for years before the abuse is brought to light because the abused is afraid that they will be harmed even worse if they go to the authorities about the abuse. Nonetheless, a Minnesota assault lawyer also sees cases of false accusations during divorce or for revenge.