Domestic assault is a serious crime with varying degrees of punishment. Like most crimes, domestic assault can be charged as a misdemeanor, gross misdemeanor, or felony. Learn the penalties for each level of this crime below.
Misdemeanor, Gross Misdemeanor, and Felony Domestic Assault
Domestic assault involves inflicting or attempting to inflict bodily harm on a household or family member. This crime is often charged as a misdemeanor which is punishable by up 90 days in jail.
However, those who commit a subsequent domestic assault violation within 10 years after an initial conviction could be charged with a gross misdemeanor. This level of crime is punishable by up to one year in jail and a $3,000 fine.
Those who commit a third domestic assault offense within 10 years will likely be charged with a felony offense. This level of crime may result in up to five years in prison and $10,000 in fines.
What to Do If You Have Been Charged with Domestic Assault
If you have been charged with misdemeanor, gross misdemeanor, or felony domestic assault, it’s vital to contact an experienced defense attorney immediately. In addition to the penalties mentioned above, there are other negative consequences to such a conviction. These include:
- Extensive incarceration, fines, and restitution
- Deportation from the U.S. if you are not a citizen
- Loss of professional license(s) or disqualification to hold certain jobs
- Loss of your right to own and/or carry firearms
- Negative impact on reputation and volunteer opportunities
- Negative impact on employment and housing job opportunities
At Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, P.A., our Minneapolis defense attorneys have protected the futures of countless clients. Don’t let a mistake ruin your entire life. Learn how we can help you through this difficult time.
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