Domestic Assault

Criminal Lawyer in Mankato & St. James, MN

Domestic assault is an act of violence that occurs between two people in a relationship, individuals living together, or blood relatives. The individuals this includes are spouses, children, siblings, parents, lovers, ex lovers, grandparents, individuals who are or have lived together, individuals who have children together or are expecting a child, or individuals engaging in a sexual relationship.

Any of the aforementioned individuals could accuse you of domestic assault and that means you have to defend yourself so you can avoid a criminal conviction. Even if you cannot avoid a criminal conviction, it is possible for your attorney to have the charges against you reduced so you pay fewer penalties. In order to have the defense that you require, a Southern Minnesota domestic assault attorney at Birkholz Law, LLC can create an aggressive and strategic defense that will help you.

Domestic Assault Filings

When a person reports domestic assault, they are stating that the person they are making the claim against has hurt them in some way or threatened to hurt them. Unfortunately, there are times when such cases are filed under false pretenses. In other words, you could be accused of domestic assault out of spite or as a way to gain custody of children. The good news is that you can prove when the pretenses are false when you have an experienced Mankato domestic assault lawyer working by your side. You can defend yourself and secure your rights to your family.

Consequences Of Domestic Assault

There are a number of legal domestic assault consequences. They include:

  • Fines and jail time – A conviction can lead to 90 days in jail to 5 years in prison. If the offense is considered a felony, then there is a fine of $10,000 added to the sentence.
  • Custody and divorce – A domestic assault conviction can have a negative impact on your battle for custody of your child if you are in the midst of a divorce. The conviction can also make it difficult for you to acquire what you deserve during the divorce. No judge looks at a domestic assault charge lightly, allowing your soon-to-be ex-spouse using this against you and keeping you away from your children as much as possible.
  • Order for protection – Your ex-significant other could obtain an order for protection against you. It is a type of restraining order that protects an alleged victim from abuse or attacks. This order can keep you from being near your home or your family.

To fight these consequences, your attorney will advise you and advocate for you.

Contact A Mankato Domestic Assault Lawyer

Domestic assault is a very serious offense and one that can result in serious consequences. If you have been accused of domestic assault, you need a highly aggressive attorney to stand by your side and be an advocate for you in your case. Your attorney can push for a reduction in charges, dismissal, or defend you to the point you are acquitted of the charges. To find out more about how Birkholz Law, LLC can help you, call the St. James office at 507-375-3374, the Mankato office at 507-387-2100, or the Westbrook office at 507-274-6501 for a free case evaluation.