An arrest affects your family, job and reputation anywhere you live. However, when handled correctly, a criminal charge does not have to destroy your life. One of the critical choices you can make after an arrest is who will represent you. JS Defense represents those charged in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area and throughout Minnesota accused of crimes such as assault.
What is Assault?
Assault is the intentional act of causing a victim to fear immediate harm. In Minnesota, it is also the act of causing physical harm. The severity of harm determines the type of criminal charge. For example, the state separates assault into five categories: first, second, third, fourth and fifth degrees.
The most serious assault charge is first degree assault. A Woodbury assault lawyer such as JS Defense has achieved positive results for clients facing assault crimes. Let JS Defense consult with you on your options towards defending against your assault charges.
First Degree Assault in Woodbury is 20 Years in Prison
First degree assault is causing great bodily harm against a victim. It also includes using deadly force against a judge, police officer, correctional employee or prosecuting attorney while they are working. In addition to serving 20 years in prison, you may have to pay a $30,000 fine.
Second Degree Assault is Seven to 10 years in Prison
Second degree assault is causing substantial bodily harm while using a dangerous weapon. The crime is usually ten years in prison. However, it’s seven years in prison for using a dangerous weapon without causing substantial bodily harm. The fine ranges from $14,000 to $20,000.
Third Degree Assault is Five Years in Prison
Causing substantial bodily harm is a third-degree felony. The charge arises in different ways. For example, you’re accused of assaulting a victim who is younger than four years old and causing injury to their neck, head, eyes or causing bruises. Third degree assault is also abuse against a minor. You’re also accused of a pattern of child abuse when charged with third degree assault.
JS Defense is your Woodbury assault lawyer. Dealing with an assault charge is not a pleasant experience. Even though this is a challenging time for you and/or your loved one, JS Defense will work to minimize the negative consequences.
Fourth and Fifth Degrees of Assault in Woodbury
Fourth degree assault focuses on the victim. This means you are accused of threatening or causing bodily harm to a public servant such as a firefighter, police officer, EMT or school official. It is a misdemeanor, which is punishable by one year in county jail and a $3,000 fine.
Fifth degree assault is also a misdemeanor. It occurs when you act with the intent to cause a victim to fear immediate bodily harm of death. The penalty is 90 days in county jail and a fine.
Contact JS Defense for Help
You have the right to fight your assault charge. JS Defense has many clients facing assault charges to achieve favorable outcomes before or during the trial. Contact us today.
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