Simple vs. Aggravated Assault in Minnesota
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Category: Assault

As a continuation of our previous post “Assault 101: The Basics” we’d like to present a brief overview of the different kinds of assault.  We previously mentioned the six types of assault charges but did not mention the different areas that can be considered assault.

Assault is considered a crime of violence against another person. There are different types of assault and the penalties vary. In Minnesota, assaults causing temporary bodily injury or no injury are misdemeanors. Furthermore, physical contact is not required.  If a person commits an act with the mere intent to cause fear of bodily harm, an assault has occurred.  If an assault is more serious and causes serious bodily injury, it becomes a felony.


“Simple” Assault


In Minnesota, an assault is defined as the act of intentionally inflicting bodily harm, attempting to inflict bodily harm, or acting in a way that causes fear of bodily harm.


“Aggravated” Assault


Aggravated assault is one that often features prominently in the media.  Aggravated assault carries the intent to cause bodily harm with the use of a deadly weapon that could include a gun, a motorized vehicle, or another object like a bat.  As a result, the person must have caused temporary or permanent injury.


The degree of assault varies greatly based on the different factors and variables present. Penalties usually depend on the seriousness of the injury, who the victim was, and the type of weapon used.


In Minnesota, assault becomes a felony when significant bodily harm occurs.  This can include a broken nose, certain scarring, on even a concussion.  Of course, there are particulars to each case that may mean charges vary.


Legal Advice and Representation


Aggravated assault has serious consequences. You should contact an attorney if you have been charged with aggravated assault. Keyser Law, P.A. is among the leading Minnesota criminal defense firms who can help you navigate the legal system. We offer free and confidential evaluations 24 hours a day. You can contact us at (612) 338-5007 or by filling out our “Free Consultation” form.

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