Aggressively Protecting Your Rights

The Degrees Of Assault Charges

There are many times when assault charges are the result of frightening situations that are emotionally driven. Sometimes the events are not accurately reflected by 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. There are different types of assault charges in Minnesota. The most common are:

  • Assault with a deadly weapon
  • Domestic assault
  • Assault of an officer
  • Sexual assault
  • Malicious punishment of a child
  • Harassment and stalking

What The Degree Of A Charge Means?

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 — The most serious because it involves serious bodily injury or assault of a member of law enforcement with deadly force.
  • Second-degree assault — Involves inflicting serious bodily harm with a dangerous weapon
  • Third-degree assault — This includes inflicting bodily harm on another or repeated acts against a child.
  • Fourth-degree assault — This is an assault of an ER doctor, nurse, EMT, firefighter, natural resources employee, or correctional officer or anyone with prejudice or bias
  • Fifth-degree assault — Involves threats to harm another that place the other person in fear of imminent injury

Domestic assault charges are possible when violence is committed against a spouse, a former spouse, any family member or a person with whom there is or was a romantic relationship. The consequences that stem from these charges can have a long-term impact and affect rights such as gun ownership.

If accused of causing harm to another person whether during a bar fight or during a heated disagreement with a significant other, it’s crucial to seek legal advice immediately. Call 612-915-0355 or send a summary of what happened to set up a free initial case evaluation.