Friday, June 13, 2014

Domestic Assault Lawyer - Richfield

DOMESTIC ASSAULT is a crime in the State of Minnesota and it can be charged out as a Misdemeanor, Gross Misdemeanor or Felony.  Additionally, the charge and/or a conviction can have lasting negative consequences to a defendant and his or her family.  This is why you should get answers from an experienced, Minnesota Criminal Defense Attorney --- before things turn into an even bigger mess.    

What are the Non-Criminal Consequences of a DOMESTIC ASSAULT Charge or Conviction?

1. Domestic Assault No Contact Order (DANCO)

Even though a defendant in a criminal case is “presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt,” it is very common for a DANCO order to be put in place early on in the case by the judge. A DANCO order is aimed at keeping the defendant away from the alleged victim while the case is pending. (The DANCO order will also often continue well after the case has been resolved.)

Often the issuance of a DANCO order creates an extreme hardship for the defendant and his or her family. As part of the DANCO order the judge will place restrictions on the defendant’s ability to return home. Where kids are involved, this can be very challenging for the entire family. But, even where there aren’t kids in the picture, a defendant that cannot return home to retrieve his or her property and other necessities are terribly inconvenienced. Moreover, because a DANCO order compels the defendant to avoid direct and indirect contact and communication with the alleged victim, it is extremely difficult to arrange for the return of the defendant’s property.  

2. Anger and Chemical Use Assessments

Most judges will order an individual convicted of Domestic Assault to submit to an anger management assessment. In addition, if there was any alcohol or drug use by the defendant in connection with the incident, then the judge will likely also order the defendant to submit to a chemical uses assessment as well.  After the assessment process is complete, the Judge (or probation) will review the assessment and associated recommendations. The judge then, as part of the Sentencing Order, orders the defendant to comply with all of the assessment’s recommendations. For example, if an anger management assessment recommends that a defendant attend a specific anger management class, then the defendant must attend (and pay for) that specific class. Moreover, if a defendant fails to follow the assessment’s recommendations, then a judge may find that the defendant has violated a term of probation and needs to serve time in jail.  

3. Harm to Employment/Employment Prospects 

Under Minnesota law, an employer may be able to fire an employee because of a criminal charge or conviction. In addition, job applications often ask the applicant if he or she has been convicted of a crime. Unfortunately, Felony Domestic Assault is a crime and would have to be disclosed on a job application. Moreover, a conviction for Felony Domestic Assault would most assuredly show up on a criminal background check.

Why you should contact Richfield Domestic Assault Attorney Jay Rolloff?

Jay Rolloff is a Minnesota criminal defense attorney with experience both prosecuting and defending people charged with Domestic Assault. To find out how to resolve your case in the most favorable way possible for you, contact The Rolloff Law Office for A FREE CONSULTATION on your Richfield Domestic Assault case. Call: (612) 234-1165.


  1. I'm glad that in your state this type of offense gets taken seriously. I feel that sometimes it doesn't and domestic abuse is a real problem. I've never thought of getting a lawyer for such a case. But it does make sense to do so.

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  2. I had no idea that the judge will most likely order a chemical uses assessment if drugs or alcohol were involved as well. I thought that it was all part of the process. That's good to know that they review the assessment afterwards along with the recommendations. I think everything should be looked at when dealing with a case like this.