In Minnesota, a person charged with a domestic violence crime may face heavy fines, jail time and may even have a hard time finding employment with a violent crime on his or her record. While it's important to aggressively defend domestic violence charges, it can also be helpful to understand what qualifies as domestic abuse.
Domestic abuse means that an act of violence is committed against a family member or household member, by another family member or household member. These individuals include, but are not limited to: spouses and ex-spouses, children, parents, siblings and any other person related by blood. Family or household members may also include parents who have a child together but are not married, a pregnant woman and the alleged father, and people involved in a sexual or romantic relationship.