Domestic cases typically involve persons in a relationship. As such, they are often complex, and usually the incident itself has a history which goes back long before the police were called. False accusations of domestic violence can be leveled for any number of reasons, including anger, resentment, or to gain an advantage in an anticipated divorce or child custody proceeding.
At F. Clayton Tyler, P.A., we know that there are at least two sides to every story. We will listen to your side and ensure that it gets presented to the proper authorities at the appropriate time.
Because the consequences of a domestic assault case are severe and wide-ranging, at F. Clayton Tyler, P.A., we recommend that everyone facing such charges be represented by an experienced attorney. For additional information, read What Every Minnesotan Should Know About Domestic Assault, or contact us today.
What is Domestic Assault?
An assault can be:
- Intentionally inflicting bodily harm;
- Attempting to inflict bodily harm; or
- Committing an act with intent to cause fear of immediate bodily harm or death
An assault is domestic when it is committed against a family or household member. This means domestic assault is assault against:
- Your spouse or former spouse;
- Your parent;
- Your child;
- Your blood relative;
- A person with whom you have a significant romantic or sexual relationship;
- A person you live with or used to live with;
- A person with whom you share a child in common;
- The alleged father of your unborn child; or
- A woman pregnant with a child alleged to be yours.
Penalties for Domestic Assault
A domestic assault can be a misdemeanor, gross misdemeanor, or felony, depending on the conduct alleged, the amount of harm, and the person’s criminal history.
Regardless of the severity of the criminal charge, a conviction related to domestic violence can have severe consequences for other areas of your life. In addition to jail time and fines, you can lose your job and your ability to work in some occupations – especially those that involve mandatory government background checks. You will likely lose your right to possess firearms, and any firearm used in any way in the commission of the offense may be forfeited. If you are not a United States citizen, you could be deported, be unable to return to the U.S. following travel abroad, or lose your ability to become a citizen.
Even a misdemeanor accusation of domestic assault or domestic violence is a very serious charge. If you find yourself facing such a charge, you need experienced representation. At F. Clayton Tyler, P.A., our domestic assault lawyers will give you the Straight Talk and Honest Answers you need and the diligent, aggressive defense you deserve.
Gross Misdemeanor Domestic Assault
Felony Domestic Assault
Domestic Assault by Strangulation
Representation for Your Domestic Case
If you are charged with domestic assault, you need an attorney. Our lawyers will give you an aggressive defense, but also pledge to provide you Straight Talk and Honest Answers. We can be blunt, but we pledge not to blow smoke or to make empty promises.
Our domestic violence attorneys regularly appear in courts around the Twin Cities, including Minneapolis, Edina, Minnetonka, and Brooklyn Center (Hennepin County); St. Paul and Maplewood (Ramsey County); Anoka (Anoka County); Stillwater (Washington County); Shakopee (Scott County); Chaska (Carver County); Hastings, West St. Paul, and Apple Valley (Dakota County).
If you are facing a criminal charge, you need professional, personal representation. Our team of attorneys will offer you Straight Talk and Honest Answers about your case.