Assault vs. Self-Defense: Knowing the Difference Could Save Your Freedom

Assault and self-defense are two crimes that involve an act of violence, but when it comes to the law, these actions are seen in very different lights. There is often, however, a fine line between assault and self-defense, especially as unplanned events.

The difference between the two lies in the motive and the factors that led up to the act of violence. There are many news stories about individuals who find themselves wrapped up in a legal battle that they were not planning. We want you to be informed so that you can do what it takes to keep yourself and your family out of legal trouble.

The Crime of Assault

Under Minnesota law, assault is divided up based on how serious of a case it appears to be, with fifth degree assault being an attempt made by the alleged defendant to cause bodily harm, fear, or death of another to first-degree assault, where an individual succeeds in causing serious bodily harm to another.

You Have a Right to Self Defense

As a resident of Minnesota, you are authorized to use force to defend yourself or another person against someone attempting to cause harm to a person or personal property. For instance, the law allows individuals such as the following to protect those they are responsible for:

  • Parents
  • Guardians
  • Teachers
  • Caregivers

In such cases of self-defense, they can use certain weapons to defend themselves and others. They must, however, cease such actions once the threat has been eliminated.

Where to Turn for Legal Guidance

At Brockton D. Hunter P.A., we understand that an individual who is practicing their right to self-defense can still end up in the hands of prosecution. If you believe that you have been wrongfully charged with assault, it is important to get the defense you need at once.

Contact our Minneapolis criminal defense attorney at your earliest convenience for the information and guidance you need.