Domestic Assault Charges And Possible Outcomes

Domestic Assault charges are one of the most common cases that defendants get charged with when when they have no prior criminal history. Typically, first time defendants have an argument with their spouse or partner and one of the parties or a neighbor calls the police. The police will take a statement from both parties and one of the parties almost always gets arrested and put in jail for a few days until their bail hearing. The city prosecutor where the offense occurred will decide whether to press charges. In most scenarios, even when both parties protest the charges, a domestic assault charge will still be brought. A Domestic Assault No Contact Order also referred to as a DANCO will be put in place even if the parties do not want one. A DANCO means that the parties cannot have any contact with each other. A motion can be filed to have the DANCO lifted, which will then be argued in court. Additionally, if the victim doesn’t show up to court, it can change the outcome of your trial.

Keller Criminal Defense Attorneys has had many positive outcomes in domestic assault cases. The attorneys at Keller Criminal Defense Attorneys, have been successful in a reduction of charges, continuance for dismissals, stay of adjudications, not guilty verdicts in jury trials, and dismissal of the charges outright. It may be possible to get the charges reduced down to a disorderly conduct charge to avoid the negative connotation of a domestic assault conviction. A continuance for dismissal means there is no guilty plea entered, and after a probationary period the charges will be dismissed if there are no same or similar offenses.  A stay of adjudication is not a conviction. While your probation is going on, it is a pending case, the same as being charged and awaiting trial. Once the probation is over, the case will be dismissed. You will never have been convicted, which is the benefit of a stay of adjudication. If you have been charged with assault or domestic assault, contact Keller Criminal Defense Attorneys to evaluate your case and to determine whether any defenses apply and to get the best possible outcome in your case.

There are also many implications with domestic assault convictions in relation to possession and use of a firearm. Contact Keller Criminal Defense Attorneys to learn about firearms in relation to domestic assault convictions. There may be a lifetime ban on firearms depending on what the outcome is in your case.

If you have been charged with a domestic assault, contact Keller Criminal Defense Attorneys for a free consultation. We will be able to negotiate with the prosecutor for a better offer or take your case to trial. Keller Criminal Defense Attorneys will also obtain any squad car videos, audio, and reports from the police department to ensure we have the best defense possible. We take our time to watch the videos/audio with our clients and go over all defenses. The Keller Office attorneys are aggressive Minnesota defense attorneys. Call 952-913-1421 if you have been charged with a domestic assault in Minnesota. Please visit the firm’s website at

Max Keller has won countless jury trial cases involving misdemeanors and felonies, sex crimes, and DWI’s. He is a member of the Minnesota Society for Criminal Justice, which only allows the top 50 criminal defense attorneys in the state as members. Max is a frequent speaker at CLE’s and is often asked for advice by other defense attorneys across Minnesota.

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What to Do If You Have Been Charged with a Criminal Offense

Confidential informants may provide integral information to help build criminal investigations, but how reliable is that information when they are receiving payment for their services? To protect them, state law requires the identity of informants be kept confidential. For those facing criminal charges, however, this creates challenges in questioning the accuracy and validity of the information given at trial.
Stay calm and compose after getting accused of a crime but not charged in Minneapolis, MN. Do not discuss the facts of your case with anyone, including your relatives and family members. Hire a criminal defense attorney with a demonstrated record of winning cases like yours. Your attorney will discuss your rights, guide you on how to cooperate with law enforcement within the legal boundaries, and build a solid defense strategy to fight the charges you could face in the future.
Expungement and sealing of records in Minnesota affect how your criminal history appears to government agencies and the public. The main difference between the two legal actions is that expungement permanently removes past arrests, criminal charges, or convictions from private and public databases, while sealing hides the criminal record from the public. Courts, government entities, and law enforcement agencies can access sealed criminal records.