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Felony strangulation is a common offense in domestic violence cases. If an individual strangles another person in a domestic altercation, then a domestic assault charge is going to result. However, felony strangulation can be charged when there is evidence that strangulation occurred.
Any time a domestic assault occurs, an order for protection could be ordered against the person accused of committing the assault. Violation of that order can then result in a different set of criminal charges. Such cases can be quite difficult to navigate for a number of reasons, which is why it is important that you have a Mankato criminal attorney by your side every step of the way. Unfortunately, many domestic assault accusations are false, just as there are many that are true. Even if you are falsely accused, it is very important to comply with the confines of a protection order until the matter is resolved.
When you are facing a felony strangulation conviction, the potential penalties could be three years in prison and $5,000 in fines. However, the punishment doesn’t stop there because there are other penalties, such as having to enroll in anger management counseling, community service, and probation. It is also possible to have to pay restitution to the victim. A domestic assault conviction also places a mark on your permanent record that follows you around. A felony conviction can make it difficult to find a job or a place to live when a background check must be completed first. Insurance companies and schools can also turn down individuals who have been convicted of penalties.
All of this is why it is important that you fight for your rights and your future. When you fight, you have a much better chance at achieving a much better outcome than you would if you were convicted of the maximum charge.
When working with an experienced southern Minnesota criminal attorney, you receive an aggressive defense. This means using the facts, creating a strategy, and utilizing that strategy to have the charges reduced or completely dismissed. When you are innocent, the facts will be used to show your innocence. If the incident was exaggerated, then the facts can prove this as well. It is important to keep in mind that felony strangulation can be difficult for the plaintiff to prove because physical evidence must be present. If there is no physical evidence, then the charge cannot remain when you have an attorney working with you who can bring that fact to light.
Although felony strangulation can be a difficult crime to prove, any type of proof could result in a conviction and that means a felony that will follow you any time you have to have a background check. With an experienced attorney by your side, a solid defense can be built for you that either results in a reduction of the charges or in dismissal. To learn more about your rights and options, call Knutson+Casey at (507) 344-8888 to schedule a free consultation with our legal team.