A 2nd degree assault charge means the government is alleging the use of a dangerous weapon to injure or threaten another person. Dangerous weapons include firearms and knives. However, any tool or object designed as a weapon and capable of producing death or serious bodily harm also qualifies under the definition.
POTENTIAL CONSEQUENCES OF A SECOND DEGREE ASSAULT CONVICTION
Under the Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines, the punishment for a second degree assault is presumptive prison. What this means is that, if convicted, a prison sentence is normal and reasonable in the eyes of the law. This is the case even for those with a clean criminal record.
Besides the real risk of prison, a felony second degree assault conviction has other consequences. Some of these include the loss of voting and firearm rights, difficulty finding employment, and denial of housing opportunities. These issues are a result of Minnesota law, but others are because of easily accessible public conviction records.
Due to the extremely serious consequences of a 2nd degree assault charge, having an experienced defense attorney on your side from the start avoids costly mistakes. There is no doubt attempting to navigate a 2nd degree assault case without a knowledgeable and experienced trial lawyer can jeopardize your future. Coley J. Grostyan’s extensive trial experience and knowledge of Minnesota assault laws has allowed him to successfully resolve numerous assault cases for clients. For confidential and professional representation, contact Coley Grostyan today at 612-747-2254