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Misdemeanors

Rogers, MN Misdemeanor Lawyer

Criminal Defense Attorney, J. Matthew Holson, is experienced in defending all types of misdemeanor cases in Minnesota . If you or a member of your family has been charged with a misdemeanor, it is helpful to speak with a lawyer as soon after you are charged in order to protect your rights and to determine potential consequences that could affect you for many years.

All Types of Misdemeanor Convictions Can Appear on Background Checks

Depending on the type of misdemeanor charge, you could be facing severe criminal penalties and collateral consequences such as license revocation, employment and housing limitations, and possibly jail time. Petty Misdemeanors, Misdemeanors, and Gross Misdemeanors can all appear on background checks which means future employers and landlords could find out.

Oftentimes, the collateral consequences of a misdemeanor conviction are far more serious than the direct consequences of a criminal offense. A first-time theft conviction might only carry a fine and perhaps some probation conditions. The collateral consequences of a theft conviction are far more serious. Employers and landlords are reluctant to employ or rent to individuals with theft conviction. The shoplifting charge that might not have seemed serious at first can follow folks for years and limit job opportunities and leases. 

Types of Misdemeanor Charges in MN

Minnesota misdemeanor offenses fall into three categories: gross misdemeanors, misdemeanors, and petty misdemeanors

Petty Misdemeanor is the lowest Minnesota level of offense and is not considered a crime. A person convicted of a petty misdemeanor can be fined up to $300.00

Examples of Petty Misdemeanors include, but are not limited to:

  • Driving Offenses, i.e. no proof of insurance, driving after revocation or suspension, speeding, reckless or careless driving, and more)
  • Possession of small amount of marijuana
  • Petty Theft

Misdemeanor is any offense punishable by a maximum of 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.

Examples of Misdemeanors include, but are not limited to:

  • 1st time DWI/DUI
  • 5th Degree Assault

Gross Misdemeanor is the highest level of misdemeanor offense in Minnesota. A person convicted of a gross misdemeanor can be sentenced up to 1 year in jail and/or a $3,000 fine.

Examples of Gross Misdemeanors include, but are not limited to:

  • 2nd and 3rd-time DWI/DUIs
  • Prostitution
  • Resisting Arrest

Having a criminal defense attorney represent you, can increase your chances of negotiating to lesser charges.

The reality is that all of us likely know someone who has, at one time or another, been caught up in the criminal justice system. This does not make you a bad person! To defend your rights, we can help.

Contact J. Matthew Holson - Misdemeanor Attorney in Rogers, Minnesota

We offer flexible payment options as well as a free, 30-minute confidential consultation. Call 763-425-6330 to schedule or E-mail our Firm for a quick response.

Our criminal defense attorney, J. Matthew Holson, is available to answer your misdemeanor related questions and to ensure that your rights are aggressively defended. Call 763-425-6330 or e-mail our attorney. We offer a free initial consultation and return all communications promptly.

J. Matthew Holson has successfully defended clients in or near Albertville, Anoka, Buffalo, Elk River, Maple Grove, Minneapolis, Monticello, Rogers, and St. Michael as well as other communities within Hennepin County, Stearns County, Wright County, Sherburne County, and Anoka County.

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763-425-6330

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