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  • Writer's picturePeter Lindstrom, Esq.

Felony Domestic Assault Strangulation Defense in Minnesota

Confronting felony domestic strangulation charges is a task that requires a deep understanding of the law, a strategic approach to defense, and a steadfast commitment to protecting the rights of the accused. In the Simpsons, Homer strangling Bart is a running gag. But in real life, this is no laughing matter. In this blog post, I will outline the critical aspects of defending against such serious allegations.

Understanding Felony Domestic Strangulation Charges:

In Minnesota, domestic strangulation is categorized as a felony, indicative of its severity under the law. This charge is applied when an individual is accused of intentionally impeding the normal breathing or circulation of the blood of another person by applying pressure on the throat or neck or by blocking the nose or mouth.

The Gravity of the Situation:

The stakes are incredibly high in these cases. A conviction can result in severe penalties, including prison time, and have long-lasting repercussions on the individual's personal and professional life. The accused faces not just immediate legal consequences but also the stigma of a felony charge, which can devastate reputations and relationships.

Developing a Defense Strategy:

Building a defense against felony domestic strangulation charges is complex and multifaceted. Here's how I approach these cases:

1. Thorough Evidence Review:

As with any serious charge, the first step is a comprehensive review of all the evidence. This includes police reports, medical records, witness statements, and any other relevant information. Identifying inconsistencies or procedural errors can be crucial in building a defense.

2. Expert Testimony:

Medical and forensic experts can play a vital role in challenging the prosecution's narrative. These professionals can provide insight into whether the alleged injuries are consistent with strangulation and whether there could be alternative explanations.

3. Assessing the Credibility of Witnesses:

The credibility of the accuser and any witnesses is paramount. I carefully scrutinize their backgrounds, motives, and consistency of their statements. Any indication of unreliability can be pivotal in defending the accused.

4. Self-Defense or Defense of Others:

If there is evidence to suggest that the accused acted in self-defense or in defense of another person, gathering evidence to support this claim will become imperative.

5. Negotiation and Plea Bargaining:

When appropriate, we may engage in negotiations with prosecutors to reduce charges or penalties. This often involves demonstrating mitigating factors or leveraging weaknesses in the prosecution's case.

6. Preparation for Trial:

If a plea bargain is not in the client's best interest, we prepare meticulously for trial. This preparation involves not only strategizing about the presentation of evidence and witnesses but also preparing the accused for the possibility of testifying.


Defending against felony domestic strangulation charges in Minnesota is an intricate process that demands legal acumen, investigative rigor, and a personalized defense strategy. As a defense attorney, my objective is to ensure the accused's rights are vigorously defended and that every viable avenue for a defense is explored and utilized. It's imperative for anyone facing such charges to seek competent legal representation immediately to ensure their side of the story is heard and their rights are upheld in court.

Contact Subzero Criminal Defense and we may be able to start working on your case as soon as today. 651-248-5142. Subzero Criminal Defense provides a defense with intelligence, creativity, and grit.


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