An assault is a crime of violence against another person. Assault charges are pursued according to the seriousness of the injury suffered by the victim and the relationship between the victim and the defendant. As such, the more severe the victim’s injuries, the more severe the assault charge will be. If the victim has a particular relationship with the defendant, the charge can become a “domestic assault.”
Minnesota assault statutes contain six types of assault charges:
- First Degree Assault
- Second Degree Assault
- Third Degree Assault
- Fourth Degree Assault
- Fifth Degree Assault
- Domestic Assault
Some defenses to assault charges are consent, punishment, self-defense, defense of another, prevention of a crime and the defense of property.
To learn more about Minnesota’s assault laws or to discuss your case with Attorney and Law Firm Owner Christopher W. Keyser, call (612) 338-5007. We offer free and confidential case evaluations 24 hours a day. You can also contact a minnesota domestic violence attorney by filling out the “Free Consultation” form to the left of this page.