Strategic Domestic Assault Attorney for Bloomington
Domestic assault charges correctly carry a lot of weight in our society. While we undoubtedly believe that domestic assault is something that needs to be taken seriously, this also means that simply being charged with domestic assault can have serious consequences for the accused, regardless of the evidence against them or whether they are ever found guilty. The stigma that follows domestic assault allegations can be hard to shake, which is why it’s important to act decisively if you have been charged. When it comes to criminal defense, Neuville Law Office is here to protect the rights of Bloomington residents and help them tell their side of the story throughout their legal process.
What Constitutes Domestic Assault in Minnesota?
Distinguishing between what is and is not domestic assault is often an essential part of any domestic assault case. And while it is not always cut and dry, the state defines domestic assault as any act which causes bodily harm or legitimate fear of bodily harm to a relative or family member. This can include assault, battery, sexual assault, and stalking. At the same time, there are a number of actions which many people think are domestic assault but do not actually qualify under the state’s laws. Things like yelling, harsh language, minor pushing, blocking someone’s path, restraining someone to prevent self-harm, or acting in self-defense are not domestic assault.
Consequences of Domestic Assault
A domestic assault conviction carries with it the potential for a prison sentence, probation, mandatory counseling, and losing your ability to own or possess a firearm. People charged with domestic assault may also be subjected to a domestic abuse no contact order (DANCO), which prohibits them from having contact with their alleged victim and often their own children as well. A DANCO can prevent you from living in your own home during the trial and generally will remain in effect during any probation you receive. On top of that, the social consequences of a domestic assault charge or conviction can follow you for years, affecting your ability to secure jobs, housing, and relationships with future partners.
Legal Help for the Accused in Bloomington
Facing any criminal charge is frightening, domestic assault charges especially so. If you’re feeling overwhelmed or worried about your future, Luke Neuville wants you to know that you are not alone. Luke has dedicated his career to advocating for those who have been accused of crimes in Minnesota. Luke will work with you to develop a defense strategy tailored to the specifics to your case. Whether your domestic assault accusation was filed falsely, involved self-defense, or did not constitute assault, Luke will stand up for you in court and work tirelessly to protect your reputation in your community.