Domestic Violence in MinnesotaBy Martin Law Offices
Oct. 17, 2011 5:32p
Under the Domestic Abuse Act, the state of Minnesota defines domestic abuse as physical harm, bodily injury, or assault, the infliction of fear of imminent physical harm or assault, terroristic threats, criminal sexual conduct, or interference with an emergency call, when committed by a family or household member against another family or household member. Acts of domestic violence can be committed between spouses, former spouses, parents, children, persons related by blood, person living together or who have lived together in the past, persons who have a child in common regardless of whether they have ever been married or lived together, a man and pregnant women, whether married or not, and persons who are involved in a romantic or sexual relationship.
The various charges that are related to domestic violence include 5th degree domestic assault as well as simple misdemeanor assault, gross misdemeanor assault, felony assault, child neglect, child abuse, child endangerment, stalking, harassment, violation of a protective order, and violation of a harassment restraining order.
Once the police are brought into an alleged domestic violence scene, the situation moves from a family argument to a criminal matter. Often the legal case cannot be stopped, even when the alleged victim does not wish to press charges. In many cases, arrests and charges are made based on reports made in the heat of the moment or in situations involving the breakup of a marriage or relationship, in divorce cases, child custody battles, and similar situations where jealousy, revenge, and hostility are high. In some cases, the accuser uses the alleged domestic assault to gain an upper hand in a domestic legal battle. Because of the highly charged emotional factor, many domestic violence cases are dismissed for lack of corroborating evidence.
Effective Legal Representation in a Minneapolis Domestic Violence Case
If you are facing any type of criminal charge related to domestic violence in the Minneapolis metropolitan area, it is crucial that you get competent legal representation from a
Minneapolis criminal defense attorney who deals with this type of legal situation on an ongoing basis. The attorney at Martin Law Offices understands the stress and disruption that such an arrest and charges can cause in any household or relationship. He has experience in dealing with domestic violence charges through the local courts. As a Minneapolis domestic violence attorney, he will work diligently on your behalf to ensure that your rights are protected and that your case is given the dedicated legal attention needed to help you achieve a favorable case outcome.
Contact a Minneapolis domestic violence lawyer from our firm if you are facing charges related to a domestic crime today.
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