Facing any assault charge is a very serious matter. You are likely concerned about what may happen if you are convicted, including how a conviction will affect your job, family, and future. However, it is important to remember, being accused an assault does not mean you will be found guilty.
MN Criminal Assault Laws
In Minnesota, 1st degree felony assault is the most serious charge and 5th degree misdemeanor assault is the lowest level, or least serious criminal assault charge. Read more about the varying degrees and seventies of assault charges below:
The potential criminal levels and punishment for violating Minnesota assault laws depend on many factors. The amount of physical injury, identity of the alleged victim, and/or the use of weapons or firearms can impact the seriousness of the charge. 1st Degree assault is the most serious assault charges in the State of Minnesota, with 5th degree assault being the least serious type of assault.
Presumption of Innocence
The presumption of innocence is an important right of a defendant, a presumption you are entitled to unless the government proves otherwise. Therefore, having Coley Grostyan by your side in the courtroom makes all the difference in your case. Coley Grostyan is a Minnesota defense lawyer with years of experience successfully defending clients charged with assault.
What is Legal Self-Defense?
There are numerous defenses to an allegation of assault depending the circumstances. Self-defense and defense of another is the most common affirmative defense raised when faced with assault charges. An affirmative defense to assault means you assaulted another person, but the assault was justified.
The defense of self-defense has to be reasonable under the circumstances at the time you acted in self-defense. In essence, the affirmative defense argues the assault was necessary to resist or aid another to resist an offense against the person. However, you are not entitled to have the jury hear your claim of self-defense unless an experienced defense lawyer makes sure the the procedural requirements of self-defense are met. If successful in raising self-defense, the jury must find you not-guilty unless the government proves beyond a reasonable doubt the assault was not committed in self-defense.
CONTACT ASSAULT LAWYER, COLEY GROSTYAN, TODAY TO AVOID MISTAKES
Because of the serious nature of assaults charges, it is vitally important you contact an experienced Minnesota defense lawyer as soon as possible. Contact Coley Grostyan now at 612-747-2254 to schedule an office consultation and case assessment. By acting immediately, Mr. Grostyan can help you even before formal charges have been filed and ensure you do not make mistakes that can affect your defense.
Coley’s knowledge of Minnesota laws and aggressive, professional representation has proven successful in defending against numerous cases for clients. For confidential and professional representation, contact Coley Grostyan today at 612-747-2254.