A conviction for a crime of violence can haunt you for the rest of your life. In addition to fines, and prison or jail time, it can prevent you from getting a job, renting an apartment or owning a firearm. If you have been charged with domestic violence, assault or homicide, you need an experienced and skilled criminal defense attorney to fight for you.
I am Howard Bass, a Burnsville domestic violence defense attorney with more than 25 years of experience. I aggressively defend clients charged with state or federal violent crimes, ranging from misdemeanors to gross misdemeanors to felonies. You can depend on me to represent you with diligence, passion and integrity at any stage in your case — whether you are under investigation, have just been charged, are going to trial, filing an appeal, or seeking post-conviction relief.
I am routinely included on the Minnesota Super Lawyers list by Minnesota Law & Politics, named one of the "Best Criminal Defense Lawyers in Minnesota" by Minnesota Monthly, and selected by my peers for inclusion in "The Best Lawyers in America."
Handling Domestic Violence Charges in Minneapolis
Domestic abuse crimes range from misdemeanors to gross misdemeanors to felonies. Penalties can include prison, jail, fines, no contact orders, and court-ordered counseling and rehabilitation.
I handle all aspects of domestic violence cases, including stalking, harassment, terroristic threats, kidnapping, false imprisonment, and violations of no-contact orders, orders for protection, and harassment restraining orders. I also represent clients on related civil proceedings for orders for protection and harassment restraining orders.
Defending Against Assault Charges
Assault charges range from first-degree assault — a felony — to fifth-degree assault, which is a misdemeanor. The severity of the injury suffered by the alleged victim, whether a weapon was used, the identity of the alleged victim, your relationship to the alleged victim, and your prior criminal record are factors that determine the level of your assault charge.
Protecting Your Rights Against Homicide Charges
Homicide charges include:
- Attempted murder
- Other crimes involving the death of another person
Homicide charges are felonies. Convictions result in severe penalties, including long prison sentences and considerable fines. To fight this type of charge, you need a knowledgeable, experienced, and skilled criminal defense attorney on your side.
If You're Arrested for a Violent Crime, Speak With a Lawyer Immediately
When you are charged with a crime, anything you say to the police or investigators can be used against you. Therefore, you need to protect yourself. Retain the services of an experience criminal defense attorney before discussing your criminal matter with the police or any other person.
Contact My For A Free Initial Consultation
To learn more about how to protect your rights after being charged with a violent crime, contact me online or call my office locally at 952-466-6718 or toll free at 888-340-9617.
I accept credit cards, am available for evening and weekend meetings and am conveniently located in the south metro area.