Criminal Law

Criminal Law

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Drug Crimes

Have you been accused of a drug crime in Minnesota?  We can help you whether you are charged with distributing, manufacturing, possessing, purchasing, receiving, selling, transporting, and/or trafficking marijuana or any illegal substance.  Contact our office immediately to speak to one of our experienced attorneys and protect your rights!

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Have you been accused of a drug crime in Minnesota?  We can help you whether you are charged with distributing, manufacturing, possessing, purchasing, receiving, selling, transporting, and/or trafficking marijuana or any illegal substance.  Contact our office immediately to speak to one of our experienced attorneys and protect your rights!

Determining the drug charge, penalty, and outcome depends on the drug in question, weight or amount of drug, intent of the accused, and history of the accused.  Whatever the charge, we are ready to defend you!

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Driving Offenses

Driving offenses can range from a simple traffic violation that may be a payable offense to more a serious offense that can lead to jail time.

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Driving offenses can range from a simple traffic violation, which may be a payable offense to a more serious offense that can lead to jail time.  We can assist you with the following:

  • Criminal Vehicular Operation (CVO)
  • Criminal Vehicular Homicide (CVH)
  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
  • Driving While Intoxicated (DWI)
  • Hit and Run
  • Or any other driving offenses

Do not take a plea without consulting one of our experienced attorneys first!  Consequences can be severe, especially if an alcohol or drug impairment caused a motor vehicle accident.  The driver may face felony level Criminal Vehicular Operation and/or Criminal Vehicular Homicide charge(s), in addition to DWI and/or DUI charge(s), if injuries were sustained from the accident.  Do not think a first time offense will cause the court to be more lenient.  If convicted, the driver may have his/her driver license revoked, be incarcerated, and forced to pay thousands in fees and fines depending on the severity of injuries and/or motorist’s driving history.

Contact our office immediately to discuss your rights!  We can review and carefully analyze the evidence against you to determine if there was a lawful stop; if the field sobriety, urine, or blood test was constitutionally administered; if any contamination or impropriety occurred in the handling of evidence; if eyewitness statement(s) was consistent and accurate; if police, prosecutor, or insurance company’s report/statement was accurate; etc. We treat each driving offense case with care and respect to ensure you get the defense you deserve.

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Expungement

Been arrested or convicted of a crime?  Is it affecting your ability to find employment, housing, or other necessities?  Have you learned from your mistake?  Did you received a discharge; completed the terms of your diversion program or stay of adjudication and have not been charged with another crime; and/or have been convicted of or received a stay sentence for a petty misdemeanor, misdemeanor, gross misdemeanor, or qualifying felony and not been charged with another crime?

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Been arrested or convicted of a crime?  Is it affecting your ability to find employment, housing, or other necessities?  Have you learned from your mistake?  Did you received a discharge; completed the terms of your diversion program or stay of adjudication and have not been charged with another crime; and/or have been convicted of or received a stay sentence for a petty misdemeanor, misdemeanor, gross misdemeanor, or qualifying felony and not been charged with another crime?  You may qualify for an expungement!

An expungement is a court process requesting a judge to seal a court record pertaining to your prior arrest or conviction.  An expunged record does not destroy it.  However, it does remove it from a background check so you can move on with your life.  Contact our office to determine if you qualify!

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Gun/Weapon Offenses

Firearm or weapon charges are taken very seriously in Minnesota.  Some offenses are considered a misdemeanor and punishable by a maximum 90 days in jail and/or $1000 in fines, but other charges may be considered a felony and punishable by time in prison.

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Firearm or weapon charges are taken very seriously in Minnesota.  Some offenses are considered a misdemeanor and punishable by a maximum 90 days in jail and/or $1000 in fines, but other charges may be considered a felony and punishable by time in prison.

We can assist you with various firearm or weapon charges including:

  • Assault with a deadly weapon
  • Carrying a firearm without a permit
  • Drive-by Shooting
  • Felony in possession
  • Intentionally or recklessly handling or discharging a gun or other weapon
  • Intentionally pointing a gun at someone (loaded or unloaded)
  • Possessing or selling a firearm or related accessories such as silencer
  • Trafficking or transporting firearm or weapon
  • Any other firearms or weapons offense

Gun or weapon crimes are highly complex and may carry high fines and may carry sentences of mandatory minimum jail/prison time, as well as high fines.  Every circumstance is unique.  We can help you understand your charge and possible punishment.  We can also help negotiate a lesser sentence or prepare a defense to protect your rights, depending on the charges against you.

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Sex Crimes

Have you been accused of a sex crime?  A sex crime is a crime against an individual that is unwanted and sexual in nature.

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Have you been accused of a sex crime?  A sex crime is a crime against an individual that is unwanted and sexual in nature such as:

  • Child Pornography
  • Child Sexual Abuse
  • Criminal Sexual Conduct
  • Incest
  • Indecent Exposure
  • Prostitution
  • Rape (statutory or non-statutory)
  • Sexual Assault
  • Sexual Harassment   
  • Trafficking
  • Or any other sex crime

An accusation can be damaging to your personal and professional reputation.  A conviction or plea to a sex crime may result in mandatory minimum prison/jail time, as well as carry severe collateral consequences, including victim restitution, probation/parole, and/or counseling, as well as sex offender registration.

Some sex crime accusations are based on incredible testimony and unreliable physical evidence.  However, it can be extremely damaging to an individual due to the public’s perception of these types of charges.  Contact our office immediately so we can help you establish a dynamic defense and keep your name from being tarnished.

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Theft Crimes

Have you been accused of unlawfully taking or removing another person’s private property whether it be personal property, service, or identity?  Prosecution of theft crimes can range from petty misdemeanor to felony depending on the item stolen, the value of the item, who it was stolen from, and/or the criminal record and history of the accused.

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Have you been accused of unlawfully taking or removing another person’s private property, whether it be personal property, service, or identity?  Prosecution of theft crimes can range from petty misdemeanor to felony, depending on the item stolen, the value of the item, who it was stolen from, and/or the criminal record and history of the accused.  These crimes include:

  • Burglary (unlawfully breaking and entering another’s property with the intent to commit a criminal act)
  • Fraud (deliberate deception such as embezzlement, identity theft, ponzi scheme, etc.)
  • Forgery (signing someone’s name, altering a document, using forged document, mutilating or destroying a document, etc.)
  • Robbery (illegally taking property from the person or in the presence of another through the use or threaten use of force)
  • Theft (taking or concealing property without consent including shoplifting)
  • Or other theft offenses

Consequences can be severe and may include jail or prison, fines, probation, and/or parole.  Receiving stolen property is also against the law.  Contact our office to discuss your rights and minimize your consequences.

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Violent Crimes

Violent crimes are severe.  If you have been accused of a serious, violent crime, you could be facing years in prison and possibly a life sentence.  The allegation alone could take months or even years to resolve, and could be extremely damaging to your reputation.

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Violent crimes are severe.  If you have been accused of a serious, violent crime, you could be facing years in prison and possibly a life sentence.  The allegation alone could take months or even years to resolve, and could be extremely damaging to your reputation. Violent crimes include:

  • Assault (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, or 5th degree depending on the degree of violence against another individual)
  • Domestic Violence (assault, attempted assault, or immediate fear of bodily harm against a family or household member)
    • Domestic assault involving strangulation or suffocation is a felony punishable by three years in prison and a $5000 fine.
    • Conviction may include fine, imprisonment, and ancillary penalties such as forfeiture of firearm if it was involved in the assault and may prohibit the defendant from possessing any type of firearm
    • Conviction or a violation of an order of protection may subject an individual to a pre-sentence domestic abuse investigation, which could include additional conditions such as limited contact with the victim or children, drug and alcohol evaluation and treatment, and participation in a domestic abuse program
  • Manslaughter (causing the death of another while in the heat of passion provoked by words or acts OR culpable negligence)
  • Murder/Homicide
    • 1st degree – premeditation with the intent to take away another individual’s life OR causing the death of someone while committing certain types of crimes such as arson, burglary, criminal sexual conduct, or other serious offenses;
    • 2nd degree – Intent to cause the death of another without premeditation
    • 3rd degree – Involvement in eminently dangerous act without regard for human life.
  • Terroristic Threat (threatening to commit any crime of violence with purpose to terrorize another or to cause evacuation of a building, place of assembly, vehicle or facility of public transportation or otherwise to cause serious public inconvenience, or in reckless disregard of the risk of causing such terror or inconvenience)
  • Any other violent crime

Given the seriousness of violent crimes, it is critical you find a criminal defense team that will tirelessly investigate your case and defend you.  We will thoroughly examine the evidence against you to determine if flaws or discrepancies exist between the evidence and state’s account, challenge evidence, cross examine witnesses against you, line up witnesses and experts in your favor, determine the most feasible legal strategy, advise you on plea bargain offers from the prosecution, and effectively defend you based on our years of experience and knowledge of the law.

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White Collar Crime

Prosecution for white collar crimes have increased in the last few years.  These are crimes committed with a pen, computer, or financial ledger instead of a gun or knife such as embezzlement, fraud, internal business theft, and other financial crimes.

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Prosecution for white collar crimes have increased in the last few years.  These are crimes committed with a pen, computer, or financial ledger instead of a gun or knife such as embezzlement, fraud, internal business theft, and other financial crimes.

Mere allegations can ruin your professional reputation, and a conviction can lead to decade long prison sentences and hefty fines.  It is critical you consult an experience attorney before you say anything.

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