There are five degrees of assault plus domestic assault for a total of six different charges that can be brought against a person.
- • First-degree assault — The most serious because it involves serious bodily injury or assault of a member of law enforcement with deadly force.
- • Second-degree assault — Involves inflicting serious bodily harm with a dangerous weapon
- • Third-degree assault — This includes inflicting bodily harm on another or repeated acts against a child.
- • Fourth-degree assault — This is an assault of an ER doctor, nurse, EMT, firefighter, natural resources employee, or correctional officer or anyone with prejudice or bias
- • Fifth-degree assault — Involves threats to harm another that place the other person in fear of imminent injury
Domestic assault charges are possible when violence is committed against a spouse, a former spouse, any family member or a person with whom there is or was a romantic relationship. The consequences that stem from these charges can have a long-term impact and affect rights such as gun ownership.
If accused of causing harm to another person whether during a bar fight or during a heated disagreement with a significant other, it’s crucial to seek legal advice immediately. Call 612-915-0355 or send a summary of what happened to set up a free initial case evaluation.