Criminal Defense Attorney for Strangulation Charge in Minnesota
Strangulation can become its own charge in a domestic violence or assault case. Strangulation is a felony charge. An allegation of strangulation should be taken very seriously because it can lead to a felony conviction on your criminal record, which can come with jail time, fines, and societal stigmas. You need to work with a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney to reach the best possible outcome in your case and avoid these negative repercussions.
In the State of Minnesota, strangulation is defined as “intentionally impeding normal breathing or circulation of the blood by applying pressure on the throat or neck or by blocking the nose or mouth of another person.” Intent is a big component of this charge, so the prosecution needs to prove that an individually did commit the act with the goal of impeding breathing or circulation.
Fighting Back Against Circumstantial Strangulation Evidence
Domestic assault by strangulation is generally prosecuted based on largely circumstantial evidence: there are often no witnesses and no physical evidence aside from bruising and marks on the skin that cannot be attributed to any action with 100% certainty. You may find yourself facing a strangulation charge due to one individual’s opinion of the incident that occurred between you and a family member, instead of the charge being based on physical evidence or witness testimony. In these situations, it is imperative that you work with an attorney who understands how strangulation charges are prosecuted and knows the ins and outs of the applicable statutes of Minnesota law.
The attorneys of Sieben Edmunds Miller aren’t new to felony strangulation charges. We will help you overcome the allegations of strangulation in whatever way is best for your case. Often a strangulation charge will occur due to what was actually self defense – if that’s the case in your circumstance, we will tenaciously advocate for your right to defend yourself against violence. Whatever the case, the lawyers at Sieben Edmunds Miller will use all the knowledge and experience at our disposal to fight for the best possible outcome in your strangulation case. Contact us at (651) 994-6744.