30
Jun

Physical Discipline of a Child - Authorized Use of Force

Minnesota authorizes use of force against another person, without their consent, under limited circumstances outlined in Minn. Stat. 609.06. The most common example is self-defense. But, a common scenario that often gets overlooked is that a “p…
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20
Dec

What Qualifies as a Prior Offense to Enhance a Domestic Assault?

The severity of your domestic assault charge will depend on the number of prior “qualified domestic violence-related offenses.” One would think that this list of prior domestic-related offenses would be limited to purely domestic-related…
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3
May

Domestic Assault - Intent to Cause Fear Defined

There are two ways a person can be charged with domestic assault – actually causing bodily harm (i.e. punching someone) or by causing fear of immediate bodily harm. For the latter, the State must prove specific intent to cause fear of immediate…
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19
Feb

Domestic Assault - Defining "Significant Romantic or Sexual Relationship"

A domestic assault is an assault – either physical or through fear – against a family or household member. Family or household members include many of who you’d expect – parents, children, blood relatives, spouses, and ex-spou…
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16
Jan

Domestic Assault Mandatory Sentences

One of the most frustrating parts of our jobs is when we represent clients facing supposed ‘mandatory minimums’ when charged with certain crimes. It is common knowledge in drug offenses. Not so common knowledge is that there are domestic…
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7
Jul

SCOTUS Ruling - Gun Rights Are Lost Following Domestic Assault Convictions

The Supreme Court of the United States recently ruled in Voisine v. United States that a reckless domestic assault is considered a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence. This is significant because the 1996 Lautenberg Amendment bans firearm possessi…
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15
Mar

Self-Defense - Duty to Retreat Exists if Person is on Front Lawn

Self-defense in Minnesota is an affirmative defense against assault-based charges. Much of the analysis is tied to the reasonableness of the actions taken by the defendant and whether the defendant could have avoided the situation. But, if the defend…
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15
Feb

Interfering With 911 Emergency Calls

It is a gross misdemeanor offense for a person to be interfering with 911 emergency calls. Prosecutors treat this offense very seriously, as it is often the byproduct of an in-progress domestic assault. And, like domestic assaults, the consequences f…
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7
Feb

Self-Defense in Minnesota

An affirmative defense most people are familiar with is self-defense. But, few know what it means and how it’s applied in the law. Self-defense in Minnesota is a complete defense to a charge if raised successfully. Essentially, the defendant claims…
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27
Sep

Bail Amounts in Minnesota

When a person is in custody, he or she can be released on their own recognizance, on conditions (called conditional release) that may include a condition of reduced bail, or on maximum bail. So, the question we often get is – what is the maximu…
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