St. Paul Domestic Violence Defense Lawyers
Few violent criminal charges have more long-reaching effects that domestic violence charges. They carry weight in three different forums. In addition to criminal penalties, domestic violence convictions often mean burdensome restraining orders and negative effects in current and future family law cases. Without an aggressive and dedicated attorney, this three-headed monster may alter your life in ways you cannot imagine.
Because domestic violence is still a hot-button political issue, Ramsey County prosecutors usually stop at nothing to obtain convictions in these cases. So, the assertive St. Paul criminal defense attorneys at Capitol City Law Group pull out all the stops to defend you in court. We understand the gravity of these charges. Therefore, our team of domestic violence lawyers in St. Paul use proven methods to deal with them effectively. Many times, these methods result in a plea to a lesser-included offense or the outright dismissal of charges.
Helping Clients Defend Their Rights & Reputations
If you are facing domestic violence charges, you will need help from a law firm with extensive resources that is capable investigating the circumstances of your case. Because domestic violence charges are aggressively pursued by prosecutors, it is important to secure experienced legal counsel to protect your rights and interests.
When you choose Capitol City Law Group to handle your case, you get a team of attorneys with 30 + years of experience that will take care of every aspect of your case. Our impressive track record speaks for itself.
We take on domestic violence cases involving:
- Spousal Abuse
- Dating Abuse
- Assault & Battery
- Criminal Threats
- Dissuading a Witness
- Cohabitant Abuse
- Parental Abuse
- Restraining Order Violations
Law enforcement will generally make an arrest if they are called to a residence for an alleged domestic violence incident. If police arrest you after a domestic violence allegation, you should immediately speak to our legal team. Call (651) 419-3615.
Common Defenses for Minnesota Domestic Violence & Assault Cases
Complex Section 609.2242 charges often involve both procedural and substantive defenses. These defenses often minimize or eliminate the negative consequences of domestic assault charges.
To make these charges stick, the alleged victim must belong to a protected class. Most domestic assault charges involve two people who are related by blood or marriage. These domestic relationships are relatively easy to establish in court.
But other domestic assault cases involve current or former roommates, or current or former dating partners. Such informal relationships are harder to prove. A one-night stand does not make two people roommates, and one or two dates does not constitute a dating relationship.
Similar to other types of assault cases, domestic violence prosecutions often hinge on non-police witnesses. Some alleged victims fully cooperate with prosecutors, but that is not always the case, especially after several months go by. Moreover, unless the defendant physically injured the alleged victim, these cases are difficult to prove beyond a reasonable doubt.
Based on these defenses, and others like them, a St. Paul criminal defense lawyer is often able to get the charges reduced to fifth-degree assault. This offense is a misdemeanor, but it does not carry the same collateral consequences of domestic assault.
Defenses used to fight domestic violence charges include:
- Lack of Proof: Finding holes in your accuser’s argument is one of the strongest defenses you can use. If the prosecutor can’t establish the required burden of proof, your charges will be dropped.
- False Accusations: In some cases, the domestic violence allegation has nothing to do with any type of physical confrontation. From an ex-spouse trying to get a better divorce settlement to personal vendettas, there are numerous reasons you can be wrongfully accused of domestic violence.
- Self-Defense: If your actions were your only means of protecting yourself, you can use the self-defense argument to fight your charges. However, using self-defense to justify your actions will be difficult if you provoked the conflict in any way.
Talk to Our Criminal Defense Lawyers Today
Whether you face domestic assault charges in Ramsey County or a nearby jurisdiction, our St. Paul criminal defense lawyers stand ready to assist you. Such a conviction could impact your life in numerous ways for many years to come, so it’s important to act now.
At Capitol City Law Group, we have the skills and resources you need to fight the allegations against you and restore your reputation. No matter how complex your case is, we are prepared to fiercely defend you with a smart and practical legal strategy. Let us help you maximize your chances to secure a favorable case result.
Contact our St. Paul domestic violence attorneys to set up your free case evaluation or to learn more about what we can do for you.
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