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There are some criminal convictions you don’t ever fully recover from, and felony domestic assault is one of them. In cases where the accused is truly guilty, the punishment may fit the crime. However, not everyone who is accused of violent crimes is actually guilty, or at least not to the extent being alleged by the accuser.
That’s why it’s essential to treat every accused person as innocent until proven guilty—especially when dealing with felony charges. At Toepfer at Law, we make it our mission to offer the best possible defense to all of our clients, regardless of charge, because that’s what we’d want for ourselves.
Make no mistake: If you’ve been charged with felony domestic assault by strangulation, you’re in a world of legal trouble. You’ll need an aggressive criminal defense attorney if you want to avoid harsh penalties and jail time. Keep reading to learn about felony domestic assault by strangulation and how we may be able to help protect your future.
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According to Minnesota Statute 609.2247, domestic assault by strangulation is when a person intentionally impedes a family or household member’s breathing by applying pressure to the throat or neck or by blocking their nose and mouth. The law defines “family or household member” as one of the following:
These cases can be difficult to prove, as the marks on the victim’s neck are generally the primary evidence. Without testimony from an eyewitness, it’s often the word of the victim against the word of the alleged abuser.
All domestic assault charges are serious, but they are especially severe when the assault involves choking or strangulation. In Minnesota, this type of domestic violence could result in a felony assault by strangulation charge.
Unlike certain types of domestic abuse, domestic assault by strangulation is automatically considered a felony—regardless of the accused’s criminal history. Conviction will mean considerable fines, prison time and the label “convicted felon.”
Anyone who is found guilty of assaulting a family or household member by strangulation is labeled a felon and may face up to three years in prison, a $5,000 fine or both. They may also have an ex parte or protective order issued against them to prevent them from contacting the alleged victim or be forced to leave their shared home.
As bad as those sound, they’re only the upfront consequences. In the long-term, a person convicted of felony domestic assault may encounter the following scenarios:
The truth of the matter is that even after you pay the price for your crimes, a conviction like this follows you throughout your life. That’s why it’s essential to avoid conviction.