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Murder/Assault Crimes

Assault, Homicide and Manslaughter Allegations Deserve Skilled Representation

Minneapollis, MI defense attorney protects your rights in cases of aggravated assault, battery and murder

Data from the state show that the number of violent crimes — aggravated assault, rape, robbery and murder — in Minnesota in 2011 was at the lowest point since 2000. Of 178 cities, Minneapolis ranked 15th, with 10 cases of murder or manslaughter and 840 cases of aggravated assault.

Since 1986, Jeff T. Ohara, Attorney at Law, PC has been helping Minnesotaders uphold their rights in state and federal courts. We work to formulate criminal defense strategies to give you the best possible outcome.

Defending against a wide range of assault charges

Assault crimes carry different punishments, depending whether they are misdemeanors or felonies.

Misdemeanor assault charges include:

  • Assault and battery — A conviction for assault or assault and battery is punishable by imprisonment for up to 93 days, a fine up to $500, or both. If charges occurred within a dating relationship or you and the person assaulted have a child in common, more severe penalties apply. Previous convictions can also cause punishment to escalate.
  • Aggravated assault — Aggravated assault means an unlawful attack upon another individual with the intent to inflict severe bodily injury. A weapon or threat to use one is usually involved.

Felony assault charges include:

  • Assault with intent to maim — Such charges could include cutting out or maiming the tongue, putting out or destroying an eye, cutting or tearing off an ear, cutting, slitting or mutilating the nose or lips, or cutting off or disabling a limb, organ or member. Conviction is punishable by imprisonment in the state prison for up to 10 years or by a fine up to $5,000.
  • Assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than the crime of murder and assault by strangulation or suffocation — Conviction of either of these felonies is punishable by imprisonment for a period up to ten years, a fine up to $5,000 or both.
  • Assault with intent to commit murder — Conviction is punishable by imprisonment in the state prison for life or any number of years.
  • Assault with intent to rob and steal — If unarmed, conviction is punishable by imprisonment in the state prison for up to 15 years. If armed, conviction is punishable by imprisonment in the state prison for life or for any number of years.

Defending against domestic violence charges

Domestic violence is a misdemeanor crime in Minnesota, punishable by up to 93 days in jail, a $500 fine or both. The word "domestic" means in a relationship with a spouse or former spouse, someone you are currently dating or previously dated, someone with whom you have a child, or a resident or former resident of your household. Domestic violence includes the following acts:

  • Physical abuse — Pushing, shoving or kicking; slapping or biting; strangling; hitting or punching; locking someone out of the house; denying help when your partner is ill, pregnant or injured; using a weapon; not allowing your partner to leave.
  • Sexual abuse — Forcing a person to perform or watch sexual acts.
  • Emotional and psychological abuse — Threatening harm to people or pets; ridiculing beliefs, race, heritage, class, religion or sexual orientation; manipulation with lies; stalking.
  • Financial abuse — Unduly denying access to bank accounts, credit cards or motor vehicles; preventing someone from getting or keeping a job or from attending school; limiting access to health, prescription or dental insurance.

Often the person reporting domestic violence is distraught, and abuse may not be substantiated. With an experienced criminal defense lawyer by your side, you can fight against wrongful accusations and keep both your reputation and your freedom.

Defending against homicide and murder charges

Homicide offenses include murder and manslaughter. Murder in the first degree, that is, murder committed with premeditation, is a felony, punishable by imprisonment for life. There is no parole. Murder in the second degree is also a felony, punishable by imprisonment for life or any number of years as determined by the court. Murder in the third degree is a misdemeanor, punishable by up to two years imprisonment.

Murder attempts can also be labeled crimes of passion, acts that happened in the heat of the moment, which might be used to defend you against the charge of premeditated murder. Minneapolis Attorney Jeffrey O'Hara can help you understand these most serious charges and the evidence against you. He has the necessary experience within Minnesota's legal system to anticipate the prosecution and prepare a compelling case on your behalf. In court, rest assured he will be a formidable advocate for your rights.

Defending against manslaughter charges

Manslaughter is a felony punishable by imprisonment in the state prison for up to 15 years, by fine up to $7,500 or both, as determined by the court. The act of manslaughter results in someone's death and differs from murder in that there is an absence of premeditated malice.

Manslaughter offenses can be either voluntary or involuntary. Voluntary manslaughter requires intent to kill or cause serious bodily injury, while involuntary manslaughter does not.

In an act of self-defense, it is assumed that you would only use enough force to prevent any harm to yourself. If a death occurred as a result of excessive force, it could be considered voluntary manslaughter.

Vehicular homicide, also known as vehicular manslaughter, is a serious offense typically related to drunk driving.

Charged with a violent crime? Contact a top-notch defense attorney now.

At Jeff T. Ohara, Attorney at Law, PC in Minneapollis, we don't judge our clients. We listen to your side of the story and formulate a strategy to keep your life on track and protect your rights. Call us at (612) 605-6020 or contact us online to schedule your free initial consultation. We are standing by 24/7 to handle any emergencies.