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Throughout Minneapolis and the surrounding Minnesota areas, domestic assault is taken very seriously, and understandably so. As stated by the Minnesota Domestic Abuse Act, domestic abuse is defined by any of the following conduct committed against a family or household member by a fellow family or household member:
- Bodily injury, physical harm, or assault
- An act with intent to cause fear of immediate bodily harm or death
- Terroristic threats, criminal sexual conduct, or interfering with an emergency call.
Law enforcement throughout the area have begun targeting areas that receive more assault calls than others, yet the problem is that not every domestic assault call is legitimate.
Time and time again, more often than you would think, an individual claims false domestic assault. Whether their reasoning is due to being caught in the moment, experiencing conflicted emotions, retaliation, and the like, very rarely do they realize the full breadth of what they’re doing and the consequences that will occur. If you’ve found yourself being falsely accused of domestic assault, you need a criminal defense lawyer in Minnesota that knows your rights and will fight diligently for your cause.
Penalties for Domestic Assault
If you were to find yourself being charged with domestic assault, the consequences you would be facing are above the average penalties for assault. For a first time offense, penalties will include up to $1,000 in fines, and up to 90 days in jail. If strangulation or suffocation takes place, the charges are increased and will be up to 3 years in jail and/or fines up to $5,000.
Following subsequent arrests, the charges only become harsher. It’s important to have a criminal defense lawyer on your side that understands criminal law and will do everything in their power to protect your rights. Brian Karalus is ready to defend you.
Karalus Law Firm
If you have been falsely accused of domestic violence, or feel that you need a qualified and dedicated defense on your side, do not hesitate to contact Karalus Law today. For over two decades, Brian Karalus has devoted his life and career to defending the rights of his clients that have been accused of the most serious crimes in Minnesota. We offer free initial consultations and will work with you to receive the best possible results for your case. Having received numerous “not guilty” and case dismissals, Brian Karalus is the attorney that you need on your side. Contact our office today.