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  • Writer's picturePeter Lindstrom, Esq.

Defending Against Domestic Assault Charges in Minnesota: Insights from a Criminal Defense Attorney

Domestic assault charges in Minnesota are a serious matter with significant implications for all parties involved. This blog post aims to shed light on the intricacies of domestic assault charges in Minnesota and provide insight into how they are approached from a defense perspective.

Understanding Domestic Assault in Minnesota:

Minnesota law defines domestic assault as an act intended to cause fear of immediate bodily harm or death or intentionally inflicting or attempting to inflict bodily harm upon a family or household member. This definition covers a wide range of actions and relationships, making each case unique.

The Severity of the Charges:

Domestic assault can be charged as a misdemeanor, gross misdemeanor, or felony in Minnesota, depending on factors such as the severity of the alleged harm, the use of weapons, and the defendant's prior criminal history. It's crucial to understand the level of charges because they dictate the potential penalties and legal strategies.

Legal Challenges in Domestic Assault Cases:

  1. Evidence: Evidence in domestic assault cases can be complex, often involving testimonies from the alleged victim, witnesses, and sometimes medical professionals. As defense attorneys, we meticulously analyze the evidence, looking for inconsistencies or mitigating factors that could influence the case's outcome.

  2. No-Contact Orders: Often, courts impose no-contact orders, which can be incredibly challenging for families, especially when the accused and the alleged victim share a residence or have children together. Navigating these orders requires careful legal maneuvering to protect the rights of the accused while adhering to the court's directives.

  3. Impact on Life and Reputation: Being charged with domestic assault can have profound effects on an individual's personal and professional life. As defense attorneys, we are acutely aware of these repercussions and work to minimize the impact on our clients' lives.

Defense Strategies:

  1. Self-Defense: In some cases, the accused might have acted in self-defense. Proving this requires a detailed examination of the circumstances leading to the incident.

  2. False Accusations: Unfortunately, false accusations do occur. And more often than many people think. Check out my site if you are interested in learning more about how to combat false accusations. Every case is different, but uncovering the truth often involves investigating the motivations behind the allegations and scrutinizing the evidence presented.

  3. De-escalation of Charges: Sometimes, the most pragmatic approach is to negotiate for lesser charges, especially in cases where the evidence is overwhelming or the potential penalties are severe. But the decision to go to trial or not is always yours. I always work from an approach that we are going to trial unless you tell me otherwise.

  4. Therapeutic and Rehabilitative Approaches: In cases where substance abuse or mental health issues are factors, advocating for treatment and rehabilitation instead of incarceration can be a viable strategy.


Domestic assault charges in Minnesota are complex, and the stakes are high for everyone involved. As a criminal defense attorney, my role is to ensure that the accused's rights are protected while striving for a fair and just outcome. Each case presents its unique challenges, and a deep understanding of Minnesota's legal landscape is crucial. If you or someone you know is facing domestic assault charges, it's essential to seek knowledgeable and experienced legal counsel to navigate these turbulent waters.

Contact Subzero Criminal Defense and we can start working on your case as soon as today. Subzero Criminal Defense provides a defense with intelligence, creativity, and grit. (651-248-6142)


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