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Domestic Assault

There are certain crimes that are utterly life-changing. Domestic assault is one of them. Although it is a misdemeanor in Minnesota, a domestic violence conviction can affect every facet of your life, from employment to parenting.

At Sheridan & Dulas, we have extensive experience representing individuals charged with domestic assault, helping them overcome these devastating charges and regain control over their life.

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About Domestic Violence

Domestic Assault Law in Minnesota

In Minnesota, domestic abuse falls under the subdivision of the assault statute outlined in Minnesota Statute section 609.2242. Domestic assault occurs when a person threatens or intentionally causes fear or physical harm to a family or household member. Household members, in this case, could mean a spouse, children, parents, former spouse, or cohabitant.

No two cases are the same. In some situations, both partners may have played a role in the incident. Verbal arguments frequently accidentally turn into physical altercations. Alcohol or drugs may be involved, or a history of verbal and/or emotional abuse.

While it may seem as though the charges against you are unwarranted or unfair, know that this is no longer a fight between you and your husband, wife, or domestic partner. Rather, this issue is between you and the State of Minnesota. That is where Sheridan & Dulas, P.A. can help.

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What to expect

Life After A Domestic Assault Charge

If you have been charged with domestic assault, one of most immediate things you will likely have to address is that the court is likely to issue a no contact order preventing you from having contact with the other party.   This means you will not likely  be going home following an arrest. Your house, your partner, your kids - all of this may be off-limits following a domestic assault allegation.

While this no contact order is in place your partner may try to call you to see how you are doing. Your kids may want to see you. If you respond or return home at any point, then you risk going to jail. You cannot have any contact - even if the other party initiates it.

At Sheridan & Dulas, P.A., we are committed to helping you take control over your situation and place you in the best position possible to eventually return home to your loved ones.

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The Ramifications of conviction

What Happens If You Are Convicted Of Domestic Assault?

If you are convicted of domestic assault, you could face a permanent criminal record that prevents you from participating in activities with your children, securing employment, or volunteering.

In addition, there are important considerations stemming from federal law relative to domestic assault.For example, individuals convicted of a crime of violence, like domestic assault, are barred from possessing a firearm, even those used for hunting.

Individuals convicted of domestic assault can also be subject to adverse employment consequences, prevented from renting an apartment.

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Hiring Sheridan & Dulas, P.A

The ramifications of a domestic violence conviction are far-reaching and life-long. What you need is an attorney who has handled these types of charges in the past. At Sheridan & Dulas, we have the experience that you need.

We can’t guarantee any particular result, but we can guarantee two things. First, our team will know you better than the prosecutor trying to put you in jail. Second, we will not plead you guilty at the first opportunity. The prosecution wants nothing more than for you to plead guilty as quickly as possible so they can move on to the next case. Our job is to humanize you and provide context to your specific situation. We take a thoughtful approach to our cases and encourage the prosecution to do the same so we can achieve the proper outcome after taking the time to understand you, your family, and what exactly happened in your case. 

At the end of the day, we want to help you get back to your family. We will fight for you and do everything we can to make that happen. Call us today at 651-686-8800 to get started.

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Matthew

Randall listened to my case, gave me honest feedback, and helped me along the way. I was charged with a domestic, got the charged down to a misdemeanor and a minimal fine. The charge will also be removed after a year. Randall does an excellent job in negotiations in the courtroom. Is demeanor makes him a winner! Thanks Randall for all of your hard work and communication. Would highly recommend.

Anonymous

I could not have asked for a better outcome with a committed lawyer. I would highly recommend Randall Kins to those who need the right representation. Thanks again Randall for the great job you have done.

Caleb

(I apologize in advance for my bad typing skills) This man was absolutely tremendous, I had a false OFP put against me from my ex-GF, she wanted to make me seem like a bad person and ruin my life where I would not see my kids for 2 years and it was an act of evil against me. I have never had a lawyer before and I took my chances with Randall Kins and prayed this was the lawyer to help me and he did tremendously. He was honest and respectful and professional to a T, he knew what to say and how to say it and had the face of a confident lawyer it really put my mind and heart at ease and my family to know he was that confident in the case and we WON, I get to keep my gun rights, see my kids with visitations and am no longer feeling down or depressed and I thank God for giving me a chance to meet an amazing man such as Randall Kins. Thank you so much Randall.

Anonymous

Mr. Sheridan knows his business well, very well. He fought like a pit bull to remove charges and shot holes thru a very shady officer's defense. We walked away with 1 yr probation. Thank You Sir for all you do!

Anthony

I retained Mr. Sheridan based on reviews from this very site. Those reviews were not wrong. Through a long drawn-out process he never wavered. He guided me in every aspect of the ordeal. He stuck with me till the end. And in the end, the charges were dismissed due largely I believe cause he never stopped fighting for me. I would recommend Mr. Sheridan to anyone in a heartbeat.

Anonymous

One year ago today, l stepped over a line l thought l would never cross again. It would have been a much, much worse experience without the help, expertise, and guidance provided by Jeff Sheridan and the team at Sheridan & Dulas. Where there was hopelessness, Jeff provided hope. Where there was embarrassment and guilt, Jeff was nonjudgmental and without bias. Where there was fear of the unknown, Jeff provided a calming presence. Where there was a lack of know-how and knowledge on my part, Jeff provided the requisite skill and expertise to navigate the complexities of our legal and judicial system. Where there was great stress and feelings of foreboding, he helped to alleviate that strain. Jeff gave me back a normal life.

Brian J.

Very talented. If you’re facing serious charges you need to be very well represented. Jeff is tenacious.

Wendy

Professionalism, smart strategy, expert advice, and kindness make for the exact right combination when a person confronts difficult challenges. The law firm of SHERIDAN & DULAS, P.A., and Randall Kins are exceptional attorneys. They are both professional and personal; providing me with services that made a difficult situation better and provided an amazing outcome for its resolution. I found myself in a terrible situation that threatened all aspects of my life and without the expertise of Randall Kins and his law firm I would have been lost. I highly recommend them and their services. I cannot imagine what I would have done without their help. Thank you so much Randall Kins and SHERIDAN & DULAS, P.A.

Scott

Last year right before the pandemic started, I was charged with a DWI and afterwards it felt like my life was on a downward spiral. After searching online and going to friends for legal referrals it seemed like a dead end with no results. Looking on Avvo I found Mr. Kins through his positive feedback and testimonials; I had a gut feeling that he was the right person for this job and he was! If there is one adjective that can best describe Mr. Kins is a Bulldog, because he will fight for you and make sure you get the best and fairest outcome. He was able to get my DWI reduced to a Careless Driving conviction! I am a highly satisfied customer and will refer anyone to his services.

Anonymous

Was looking at a serious felony charge and my lawyer Randall Kins got it dropped down to a misdemeanor. I would not hesitate again to use him as my lawyer or as a recommendation for someone else. He handled the case professionally and never left me in the dark about my options.

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