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Fight Assault Charges With an Experienced Minneapolis Defense Lawyer
Here’s the thing: Being charged with assault is a serious issue, especially when it comes to which degree of assault charges you are facing.
By the time you have charges against you, law enforcement already has built part of its case against you, and is ready to pursue justice through the criminal court system. The prosecution is working to get the maximum penalties assessed against you, which can add up all the way to 20 years in prison and up to $30,000 in fines.
Don’t let your case get too far without dedicated legal counsel by your side.
I am Murad Mohammad, a criminal defense attorney with 10 years of experience defending clients against charges such as assault, aggravated assault and domestic assault. I have built a long list of successes in many cases over the years, including not guilty verdicts in assault cases.
Minnesota’s Assault Laws Explained
In Minnesota, fifth-degree assault occurs when either:
- Someone intentionally acts in a way to cause fear of immediate bodily harm or death in another person, or
- Someone attempts to inflict or succeeds in inflicting bodily harm upon another.
Here is a short summary of the remaining four degrees of assault:
- Fourth-degree assault: This occurs in instances of assaulting a peace officer, firefighter, emergency medical personnel, correctional employees, school officials and others. It also occurs in instances where the attacker assaulted someone due to bias.
- Third-degree assault: You can face third-degree assault charges if you cause substantial bodily harm to someone else.
- Second-degree assault: This is known as “assault with a deadly weapon,” and significant bodily harm must occur.
- First-degree assault: The requirements for this crime are met when actual bodily harm occurs or when a police officer is attacked by someone using deadly force.
Additional crimes that fall under the category of assault include knowingly transmitting a disease to another person and domestic assault.
Fight Your Charges With Affirmative Defenses
When appropriate, you can assert a handful of defenses that will cause your charges to be thrown out at best, or minimized at worst. Those defenses include:
- Self defense: You reacted to someone attacking you
- Defending another person: You stepped in to protect someone else
- Defending property: You acted in a way to protect your property
- Intoxication: You were incapable of the mental state of mind required to meet the definition of assault
I will dedicate myself to exploring all avenues of defense, working hard to limit the reach of the charges against you. My goal at all times will be to protect your rights and your reputation.
Learn More in a Free, Confidential Consultation
Call me today at 651.283.5324 or contact my assault defense firm online to request your free initial consultation. We will speak confidentially about your situation and determine the right next steps for you.
Please remember to speak with a lawyer before you talk to the police! If you don’t have a lawyer already, call me directly for more immediate assistance.