In Minnesota, assault with a weapon occurs when a person injures, attempts to injure, or threatens to injure another person with any object that can be considered a weapon. This offense is classified as a felony. If you’ve been charged with assault with a weapon, it is important to seek the representation of an experienced St. Paul criminal defense attorney. Even if there is merit to the charges, the right defense is an important tool to securing the best possible outcome in the case.
Defense Against Dangerous Weapon Charges
In Minnesota, a dangerous weapon is classified as a loaded or unloaded firearm, objects that are designed to be used as weapons with the purpose and capability of causing great bodily harm or death, fire that is used to caused great bodily harm or death, and any object or substance used with the intent of causing great bodily harm or death.
Great bodily harm is defined as harm that can cause serious risk of death or causes lasting impairment. Severe burns caused by an intentional fire or a gunshot wound is classified as great bodily harm.
Specific types of dangerous weapons include shotguns, clubs, knives, handguns, baseball bats, and gasoline.
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The penalties can be harsher if the assault was committed against a law enforcement officer or correctional officer. The penalties are very serious regardless with the penalty being 7 years in prison and/or a fine up to $14,000. If substantial bodily harm is caused, the penalty can be a prison term of up to 10 years and/or a fine of up to $20,000. When a law enforcement officer is the victim, the prison term can be up to 20 years and/or the fines up to $30,000.
This is an offense that can result in a very serious criminal record. With an experienced St. Paul criminal defense attorney representing you, you will have the guidance you need. You will know what to expect and will have an advocate in your corner who wants to see you move forward with your life as soon as possible.
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Any type of assault accusation is very serious, but one involving a dangerous weapon can result in an automatic felony if convicted. If you have been accused of assault with a deadly weapon, it is important to seek the proper representation so you can secure the best possible result in your case. To learn more about how Rogosheske, Rogosheske & Atkins can help you, call 651-451-6411 or complete our contact form to schedule a free consultation.