Facing Assault Charges in Minnesota?
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According to Minnesota Statute Ann. § 609.02, assault is defined as
“an act done with intent to cause fear in another of immediate bodily
harm or death,” or “the intentional infliction of or attempt
to inflict bodily harm upon another.” Because the legal definition
of this term does not include the actual physical aspect of the crime,
assault is often categorized together with battery in Minnesota.
If you are being accused of assault or battery, there is no time to waste.
Call Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, P.A. for a
free consultation with a Minneapolis criminal lawyer: (612) 444-5020.
The Penalties for Assault & Battery
First degree assault/battery: Charged when great bodily harm is inflicted, or when assault with deadly
force is committed against a police officer or correctional employee.
Charges also apply to the attempt to use deadly force against either group
while they are on duty. This is the most serious assault offense, punishable
by up to 20 years in prison and/or a fine of $20,000.
Second degree assault/battery: Charged when a deadly weapon is used. Second degree assault is a felony
punishable by 7-10 years in prison and a fine of $14,000 to $20,000.
Third degree assault/battery: Charged when an assault results in substantial bodily harm, or when the
victim is a minor. Penalties include up to 5 years in prison and $10,000 in fines.
Fourth degree assault/battery: Charged when the assault is committed against a police officer, emergency
room doctor or nurse, firefighter, correctional employee, etc. Fourth
degree assault is punishable by one to three years in jail and a fine
between $3,000 and $6,000. It can be charged as either a gross misdemeanor
or a felony depending upon the nature of the offense.
Fifth degree assault/battery: Charged when a person commits or attempts to commit an act intended to
cause fear, bodily harm, or death in another. This can be considered a
misdemeanor or a gross misdemeanor and may result in up to 90 days in
jail and a $1,000 fine.
Domestic Assault & Sexual Assault Crimes
Other forms of assault include
domestic assault, in which a person assaults a domestic partner, or a
sexual assault, in which an individual forces sexual behavior or contact without the
consent of the other person. Consult with a lawyer from our firm to begin
building your defense.
Have you been arrested and charged with an assault crime? We are available
any time day or night to take your phone call and schedule your free case
evaluation. Do not hesitate to contact us as soon as possible –
with so much on the line, it could be the most important call you ever make!
Arrested? Let Us Fight to Protect Your Future
Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, P.A. has over 100 years of combined experience
in various areas of criminal defense. We use this experience to help protect
the rights of the accused and ensure that our clients receive the very
best legal representation. Both of our partners are former prosecutors,
giving us the edge of knowing the other side of the justice system. Our
experience has taught us the best ways to achieve winning results, and
we believe our track record of success speaks for itself.
Take the first step towards protecting your rights and safeguarding your
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