MISDEMEANOR DOMESTIC ASSAULT
Misdemeanor domestic assault occurs whenever a person commits any of the following assaults against a family or household member: (1) commits an act with intent to cause fear in another of immediate bodily harm or death; or (2) intentionally inflicts or attempts to inflict bodily harm upon another. A family or household member includes spouses and former spouses, parents and children, persons presently residing together or who have resided together in the past, persons who have a child in common, and persons involved in a significant romantic or sexual relationship.
GROSS MISDEMEANOR DOMESTIC ASSAULT
A person who violates the domestic abuse statute within 10 years of a previous qualified domestic violence-related conviction is guilty of a gross misdemeanor and may be sentenced up to one year in jail and up to a $3,000.0 fine.
THE BEST DEFENSE
There are many defenses to the charge of domestic assault, including self defense, defense of others, lack of intent, and lack of sufficient evidence to prove all the elements of the crime beyond a reasonable doubt. If you, or someone you know, has been charged with domestic assault, call Minneapolis domestic assault attorney Robert J. Shane for a free phone consultation at (612) 339-1024.