St. Paul Assault Lawyers
Effective Defense in Dakota County and Washington County
Assault is a serious offense that occurs when someone causes bodily harm to another. A conviction could result in severe consequences, such as a 20-year prison term for a first-degree assault offense. If you were charged, you could work to minimize or avoid penalties with the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney.
An assault accusation can come about for many reasons. They might result from a misunderstanding, self-defense, or false accusation. Regardless, any time you’re accused of intentional harm, you could be charged with assault. You can have a St. Paul assault defense lawyer by your side, working toward securing the best possible result for your case.
At Rogosheske, Rogosheske & Atkins, PLLC, our attorneys have over 80 years of combined experience and are ready to aggressively fight the allegations made against you. In these cases, we collect and review witness statements and other pieces of evidence to help maintain innocence and weaken the State’s case.
When you turn to our firm, we’ll be with you every step of the way. Discuss your situation by calling us at (651) 413-9004 today.
Defining Assault in Minnesota
The two primary types of assault include domestic and aggravated. A conviction for either can result in incarceration. At Rogosheske, Rogosheske & Atkins, PLLC, our St. Paul attorneys have an intimate understanding of the law and numerous resources we use when handling assault cases. When you hire us, you can trust that we will develop a solid defense on your behalf.
The types of conviction penalties associated with assault include:
- Up to 20 years in prison and up to $30,000 in fines for first-degree assault
- Up to 10 years in prison and up to $20,000 in fines for second-degree assault
- Up to 5 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines
- Up to 1 year in jail and $3,000 in fines
- Up to 90 days in jail and a possible fine
The type of charged levied against a person depend on the circumstances.
Factors considered in assault cases include:
- Whether great bodily harm resulted
- The alleged victim’s age
- Whether discrimination was involved
- Whether the alleged victim was a police officer or official of some kind
- Whether a weapon was involved
Minnesota also has the Domestic Abuse act, which provides that an alleged victim of domestic abuse can receive an order for protection. The order places various restrictions on the defendant, and they must defend against the order to avoid these additional sanctions. A protection order violation has its own set of penalties, which depend on the facts of the case.
Looking at the Big Picture
If you’ve been charged with a crime such as assault, it helps to step back and review the entire situation. While some assault offenses arise from a person’s premeditation, others occur when people react to stressful events.
Our experience has been that people may find themselves in tumultuous disputes with others, and the discussion evolves into a heat-of-the-moment physical altercation. When we seek to help clients defend against assault, we try to understand their motivations to effectively dispute the prosecution’s assertions should the case go to trial.
When we review the facts of assault cases, we usually find that the arresting officer has misinterpreted the details. Typically, the preliminary investigation compels them to take one party’s side over another. It is often challenging for an arresting officer to make an accurate evaluation of what took place before their arrival. What’s more, it’s only human that the people party to an incident will use protective measures to avoid going to jail. Additionally, witnesses might not give accurate accounts of the events.
With so many variables affecting an assault case, it’s crucial to have competent counsel for aggressive defense both in and out of court.
When you come to us for legal representation, we will help focus on the big picture. Our team has handled many cases involving various degrees of assault. We have vigorously defended our clients, demanding that the prosecution prove how the defendant could be guilty of assault. Regardless of the degree of your charge, we can discuss legal actions that can be taken prior to your case going to trial.
Advocating for Your Future
In an assault case, the quality of your legal representation can make a substantial difference in the outcome. Developing an effective defense is about compellingly presenting the facts and showing why the incident shouldn’t impact you for the rest of your life. Our St. Paul assault lawyers can help you understand your charge and legal options.
2nd Degree DUI No Further Jail Time
2nd Degree DUI Reduction of Charges
2nd Degree DUI Reduction of Charges
2nd Degree DUI Vehicle Returned to Owner
30 Counts of Interfere w/ Privacy 28 Counts Dismissed
3rd Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct Acquitted at Jury Trial
3rd Degree DUI Reduction of Charges
3rd Degree DUI & Possession of Marijuana in a Motor Vehicle Reduction & Dismissal of Charges
4th Degree DWI Case Dismissed
Assault in the First Degree – Great Bodily Harm Not Guilty
Serving St. Paul Since 1948
Over 50 Years of Collective Experience
Tens of Thousands of People Helped
Hundreds of Jury Trials Handled
Highly Involved in the Local Legal Community
Prepare Every Case for Trial
Backed by over 50 years of combined legal experience and an intimate understanding of the court system, our team knows how to effectively guide clients through their cases.