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Helping You Control Issues Related To Assault Charges

There are times when people who are attacked end up facing assault charges. You might have been defending yourself, your family or your property. Maybe you were attacked for no reason, or you could not avoid the situation.

If you are facing assault allegations, our criminal defense and assault lawyers at Hill Crabb, LLC, can defend your rights.

What Qualifies As An Assault?

There are two categories that define criminal assault.

The categories are:

  • Intent. Did the person accused intend to cause fear that they would inflict bodily harm or death?
  • Intentionally inflicted (or attempted to inflict) bodily harm.

Degrees Of Assault

The level of assault allegations against you and the penalties depend on the circumstances. Your charges could be worse depending on the act and if there were injuries to the other person.

Charges could include:

  • First Degree (felony). Causes great bodily harm, which could lead to death and/or permanent injury, serious disfigurement, loss of body function or loss of a body part. This could also be the charge if a police officer, prosecuting attorney, judge or a correctional officer was attacked.

Penalties: 20 years in prison and/or a $30,000 fine.

  • Second degree (felony). A dangerous weapon is used in the attack.

Penalties: Seven years and/or a $14,000 fine; if serious injuries — 10 years and/or $20,000.

  • Third degree (felony). Substantial bodily harm (including broken bones). This could include a history of child abuse when the victim is a minor or under 4 years old.

Penalties: Five years and/or $10,000.

  • Fourth degree (usually charged as gross misdemeanor; it could rise to a felony if there are significant injuries). Committed against a class of people. It can also be charged if the attack was motivated by bias.

Penalties: One year and/or $3,000.

  • Fifth degree (misdemeanor; can become a gross misdemeanor if it involves the same victim who was assaulted in previous domestic assault). A simple assault, intimidation or threats.

Penalties: Misdemeanor – 90 days and/or $1,000; gross misdemeanor – one year and/or $3,000.

Allegations Of Assault Can Change Your Life

At Hill Crabb, LLC, our lawyers can help you deal with the negative consequences that could come if you are accused of assaulting someone in Edina or anywhere in Minnesota. Call us at 612-568-5967 or email us. We will work with you to develop a strong defense against the charges.