Fighting Assault And Violent Crimes Charges
Assault is one of the most common charges encountered in Minneapolis-area courts and throughout Minnesota. Assault charges result from a variety of incidents, including domestic disputes, fights in bars, road rage and even resisting arrest.
A conviction of assault with a weapon or another violent crime can result in serious consequences to your personal and professional life. If you have been charged with a violent crime, you face a possible jail sentence and a permanent criminal record that can have long-term consequences on your career and family life.
The Mankey Law Office offers experienced legal representation if you face criminal charges for any violent crime. Attorney Matthew J. Mankey begins each case by reviewing every detail of the police reports, all statements and any evidence that has been collected. He then conducts his own investigation by speaking with witnesses himself.
Types Of Assault Charges In Minnesota
Minnesota law designates five different degrees of assault, determined in large part by the extent of injuries. They are:
- First-degree assault — Great bodily harm has been inflicted upon another or deadly force has been used against a peace officer of any type when on duty.
- Second-degree assault — When a person is assaulted with a dangerous weapon that results in significant bodily harm.
- Third-degree assault — When a person inflicts substantial bodily harm to another, such as a child, and has a pattern of assault against children.
- Fourth-degree assault — When a person assaults a peace officer, emergency room doctor, firefighter, natural resource employee, nurse or another such individual. One is also guilty of fourth-degree assault in Minnesota if they engage in assault behavior that is driven by bias.
- Fifth-degree assault — When a person inflicts bodily harm or acts with intent to cause fear of bodily harm.
- Domestic assault — When assault is committed against someone within the household. Abuse can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic or psychological.
We Are Prepared To Go To Trial For You
Depending upon the strength of your case, we can go to trial or work to get charges reduced in pretrial negotiations. As with any criminal charges you face, it is important to retain legal representation as soon as possible.
Even when a defendant’s guilt is not questioned, it is possible to improve the outcome by having a complete sentencing hearing. Attorney Mankey is adept at providing the court with background information that often leads to a reduced sentence or admission to an alternative treatment program.
Take Your Defense In Your Own Hands
Our Minneapolis assault lawyer will review the facts of your case and advise you on how to proceed. If you are in Minneapolis or the western suburbs area, call 612-424-9454 or send us an email to schedule an appointment for your free initial consultation.