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Douglas T. Kans


Assault | Domestic Violence

Assault | Domestic Violence Charges in Minnesota

Avoid the Repercussions Associated with a False Conviction

Assault and domestic violence are serious crimes in Minnesota. They can lead to both misdemeanor and felony convictions, significant fines, and possible jail time. Little-known penalties for conviction of assault and domestic violence include civil rights limitations, including your ability to carry a firearm, and restitution to the alleged victim, which can be extremely expensive.

Additionally, there are social consequences for assault and domestic violence convictions. Assault and domestic violence are sometimes known as “character crimes,” because they can cause others to believe that you are a violent and dangerous person. This belief can impact your personal relationships as well as your employability.

Unfortunately, it is not at all uncommon for individuals to be wrongly or unfairly charged with these types of crimes, especially in situations involving divorce proceedings or child custody disputes. Spouses may make false accusations. Law enforcement tends to err on the side of caution rather than risk the safety of others. And because charges of assault and domestic violence are made by the state, the prosecution is obligated to proceed with the case even if the accuser would prefer to withdraw the charges.

One of attorney Douglas Kans’ motivations is to help his clients avoid the repercussions associated with a false conviction. He will put forth the effort required to make the strongest possible case on your behalf. If you have been charged with assault or domestic violence in the Twin Cities metro area, contact him as soon as possible.

Seek Qualified Representation as Soon as Possible

If you have been charged with assault or domestic violence, there are steps that you should take immediately. These are:

  • Remain silent. Especially in assault and domestic violence cases, the phrase “anything you say can and will be used against you” should remain at the forefront of your mind. Law enforcement and the prosecution are not on your side and do not have your best interests in mind.
  • Be polite to law enforcement and the judge. While in custody, remember that those around you may already believe you are violent and a danger to others. Do not allow your frustration or anxiety to cause you to act in ways that will support this belief.
  • Do not violate the terms of release. These may include not contacting the victim, not returning to your home (except with police escort) and not possessing any weapons.

Once you have been released, it is vital that you seek qualified representation immediately. Mr. Kans will not be intimidated by law enforcement or the prosecution. He will work tirelessly and meticulously on your behalf until your case is resolved. Attorney Douglas Kans was named a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by The National Trial Lawyers Association and has handled hundreds of assault and domestic violence cases. He is committed to achieving the best possible outcome on behalf of his clients.