Most top notch criminal defense lawyers will charge retainers of $5,000 to $100,000 depending on the type of assault charged and the level of injury. Most assault cases are prosecuted in state court. The retainer a lawyer charges largely depends on the seriousness of the case.
There are five degrees of assault. From first to fifth degrees, they are governed by Minnesota Statutes 609.221, 609.222, 609.223, 609.2231, and 609.224, respectively.