Domestic Assault & Spousal Abuse Lawyer in Minneapolis, MN
Minnesota domestic assault charges are typically complicated and difficult to cope with for the accused as well as their family. Assault charges may be filed falsely, out of anger, or out of revenge.
They result in order for protections (restraining
order), lengthy court cases, and a great deal of pain for all parties involved. Judith A. Samson understands how delicate these cases can be and is dedicated to helping those accused of domestic crimes.
Minnesota Domestic Assault Cases
The circumstances surrounding domestic assault cases are always different and vary depending on the home life situation. While typically considered the physical abuse of one or more family members, domestic cases include a number of other charges and problems. A
Minnesota domestic assault lawyer can provide assistance in cases involving:
- Child endangerment and abuse
- Spousal battery, verbal abuse, and other related charges
- Domestic assault and battery
- Restraining orders
- Additional domestic charges
Spousal Abuse Charges
The Minnesota domestic assault statute describes situations that justify domestic assault as either a misdemeanor, gross misdemeanor of felony (felony strangulation and repeat offenders).
Minnesota assault charges are classified in varying levels of degrees. First degree assault is the most severe of these charges, while fifth degree assault is the least severe. Minnesota assault and battery charges include a number of fines, penalties, and consequences varying from prison, jail, to fines, to court ordered counseling and rehabilitation. Penalties for these crimes depend on the circumstances surrounding the assault as well as the severity of the action committed.
Domestic assault charges are typically considered to be physical abuse; however, emotional, psychological, and verbal abuse are included in these charges. Often times it is difficult to prove verbal or other nonphysical abuse. This is why it is extremely important to have a talented defense attorney on your side to ensure you are protected.
Domestic Felony Strangulation
Strangulation in Minnesota is a felony. Minnesota has became one of only six states that have felony strangulation laws (domestic strangulation). Statute 609.2247 went into effect in August 2005. Prior to the law's passage, most domestic strangulation cases were charged as misdemeanors even though strangulation is one of the most dangerous forms of domestic violence and is a precursor to domestic homicide.
The new law defines strangulation as "intentionally impeding the normal breathing or circulation of the blood by applying pressure on the throat or neck or by blocking the nose or mouth of a family or household member."
Defendants may be imprisoned for up to 3 years or pay fines up to $5,000 or both.
Minneapolis Domestic Abuse Attorney
If you have been charged with domestic assault it is important to hire a lawyer who has the experience, knowledge, and understanding necessary to win your case. Judith A. Samson realizes this and is dedicated to providing victims with the best possible outcome after being charged with a domestic abuse crime.
Whether you have been charged with spousal assault, child abuse, or have recently had a spouse or loved one file a restraining order against you Judith A. Samson can help. With 24/7 availability Samson can help you get started on your case immediately. For a free initial consultation call (612) 333-8001 today.
The Minnesota domestic assault lawyers with Judith A. Samson, represent clients throughout Minnesota, including the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul and surrounding areas in Anoka County, Hennepin County, Ramsey County, Dakota County, Sherburne County, Wright County and Washington County.