Domestic assault is a serious offense and may be charged as a misdemeanor, gross misdemeanor, or felony. However, despite the seriousness of the offense, not all domestic assault cases go to trial. Get informed on the process and how to protect your future.
What to Expect After a Domestic Assault Charge
Typically, the first thing that leads to a domestic assault charge is an arrest of the accused individual. After the accused individual has been arrested, they will be arraigned. During an arraignment, the defendant appears in court and the charges are read.
Throughout this process, the defendant’s defense attorney may participate in pre-trial negotiations, investigate facts of the case, and contact witnesses and any others who may have valuable insight into the defendant’s character.
Those accused of domestic assault have the right to a jury trial. Such a trial may take days to weeks to resolve. Evidence, testimonies, and more may be presented to the jury. Ultimately, it is up to the jury to determine whether the prosecutor has proven guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
However, most domestic assault cases do not go to trial. Typically, an experienced defense attorney will explain to their client whether they think the case has a good chance to be dismissed. If not, the attorney may recommend entering a plea and avoid the trial process altogether.
Some domestic assault cases, however, do go to trial. In this case, you need an attorney in your corner who has significant experience in the courtroom. At Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, P.A., our Minneapolis defense attorneys have the skills and resources needed to defend your rights in high-stakes situations.
Call Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, P.A. at (612) 444-5020 to schedule a free consultation.