Saturday, November 30, 2013

Hiring a Minneapolis Defense Attorney (Explained)

If you or someone you love has recently been arrested, accused or is under suspicion for any crime, then you’re probably going through one of the most frightening times you’ll ever experience. Don’t suffer without getting proper legal advice from an experienced Minnesota Criminal Defense Attorney.  

Why Hire a Lawyer?

The Rolloff Law Office is a Minneapolis-based Criminal Defense Attorney and Lawyer who can offer the right legal representation for the right price - for a whole host of situations.  

Don’t risk your credibility - your future - give a Minneapolis and Minnesota Criminal Attorney at (612) 234-1165.


The Rolloff Law Office has worked thousands of cases representing clients on any manner of matter.  With over 10 years experience in the legal court system, Jay Rolloff will provide you with compassion, dedication and personal legal advice when you need it most. He represents people Our clients facing:

• Violent crimes charges including assault, robbery and burglary;

• Sex crimes including criminal sexual conduct, rape;

• Drug offenses including possession of drugs, trafficking and transportation,sale of narcotics and manufacturing of drugs; and

• Other offenses such as DWI and DUI arrests, vehicular homicide, domestic violence. 

What's Next?
If you’re found guilty of any criminal offense you could face hefty fines, jail time, community service, mandatory counselling, loss of privileges or probation.

Even after you have served your time, you may have trouble finding work and accommodation with this black mark on your record – don’t let one mistake ruin the rest of your life.

There are several defense strategies to take when facing any offense. The Rolloff Law Office will assess your case, interview witnesses, consult with experts and determine the best defense tactics for you.

It is important to act fast when facing an arrest and criminal conviction.

Call today: (612) 234-1165

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Minnesota Under 21 Drinking and Driving (Explained)

Drivers under the age of 21--- who have been suspected of drinking/drugging and driving --- are subject to criminal penalties and other consequences, including: driver’s license suspensions. In the State of Minnesota, there is no tolerance for a person under 21 to have any alcohol in their system at all - when driving. This means the standard law that states a person cannot have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) over .08 does not apply.  With this in mind, it is smart to contact a Minnesota Criminal Defense Attorney to assist with this dilemma --- because every arrest does not have to lead to a conviction.  

If you --- or your child -- has charged with underage Drinking and Driving and/or a DWI (two separate offenses) then you need a Minneapolis DWI Attorney who has worked with young drivers --- helping to avoid harsh consequences and to get back their suspended driver’s licenses.

The law in the State of Minnesota apply to drivers of all ages --- when it comes to DWIs. A person has to have an illegal substance in their body at the time they are driving the motor vehicle. Although alcohol is not illegal, it is when a person is behind the wheel of a car. The main difference in the law between drivers under the age of 21 and those that are 21 and over is the BAC content. 

Additionally, there are certain factors that apply to underage drivers that do not apply to drivers over 21. Those are:

Drivers that are 16 or 17 years old and charged with DWI are tried as adults and not juveniles. This means that they are subject to the same penalties and consequences as adults. However, they cannot be sentenced to adult correctional facilities.


Vanessa’s Law, named after 15-year-old Vanessa Weiss who was a passenger to a 15-year-old unlicensed driver, was killed in an accident. In 2004, the law went into effect and it states that anyone under the age of 18 and who is under the influence of drugs or alcohol must do the following:
  • Wait to obtain their license or permit until the age of 18
  • Pay up to $680 in fees before receiving their driver’s license
  • Pass a knowledge test before becoming a licensed driver
  • Complete a classroom driver education course
  • Hold their permit for at least 3 months before applying and testing for their license
Minnesota has a Not a Drop Law for drivers under 21, which means there is no flexibility for these young individuals at all. So if charged with an under 21 DWI, it is very important to call upon a Minneapolis DWI Attorney to help achieve the best outcome possible.

If you need help with an under 21 DWI or you have a child who has been charged, you are most likely experiencing fear for the future and a lot of confusion. The step to take is to call the Rolloff Law Office at (612) 234-1165 to set up a free consultation.  Get answers --- before you take another step.   

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Minnesota DWIS (Mandatory Sentences)

The laws concerning driving while intoxicated (DWI) are quite strict in the State of Minnesota compared to other places in the nation. If you are convicted of a DWI, the judge has a great deal of discretion as to what your punishment will be. However, if you are a repeat DWI offender --- within a ten year period of an earlier convictions --- there are mandatory minimum sentences required by Minnesota state law that the judge must impose.  However, an experienced Minnesota DWI Attorney can help you avoid the worst of the worst.  

Mandatory DWI Sentences
It should be noted before we continue that in the eyes of the Minnesota DWI law, the term “in custody" can mean jail time, remote electronic alcohol monitoring (REAM) or home detention (EHM). 

The REAM program is primarily designed to keep offenders out of jail so they won’t lose their job. It involves random remote testing of the blood alcohol level through a breath analyzer. EHM is a type of intensive probation.

The following is a summary of the mandatory minimum sentences required for repeat DWI offenders:

Second Offense In a Ten Year Period

  • 30 days incarceration minimum;
  • At least 48 hours of incarceration must be served consecutively in a jail or workhouse; 
  • 8 hours of community service must be added for each day less than 30 days that the convicted person does not spend in jail.
Third Offense In a Ten Year Period

  • 90 days incarceration minimum;
  • At least 30 days of incarceration must be served consecutively in a jail or workhouse

Fourth Offense In a Ten Year Period
  • 180 days incarceration minimum
  • At least 30 days of incarceration must be served consecutively in a jail or workhouse

Even with these limits in mind ... there are ways around them.  Before you go to court, on a Minnesota DWI --- make sure that you have all of the information necessary.  Call the Rolloff Law Office to set up a FREE CONSULTATION - (612) 234-1165.  

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Minneapolis Juvenile Offenses (Explained)

If you have a child who has been arrested, you are most likely upset and confused - true?  I am sure you don’t want that child’s future to be compromised in any way. 

In all of this "bad" there is good news --- Minnesota’s courts actually focus on ensuring a better future for a juvenile offender by looking toward resolutions that include rehabilitation rather than just punishment. This is one reason why there are specific laws that apply to minors. These laws tell the courts to handle juvenile cases differently than adult cases.

An experienced Minnesota Juvenile Criminal Defense Attorney, can help you review your options, explain everything that you need to know  --- so that any decision you need to make are ones where you are fully informed.

What Can an Attorney Do?

Depending on the severity of the juvenile charge, a decision will be made as to which court the case will be tried in. It is possible for a juvenile to be tried as an adult if they commit what is considered an adult crime, such as murder. Since the penalties and consequences handed down in adult court will be adult level consequences, the juvenile would have to serve time in an adult prison. This is another reason why it is imperative to have a highly experienced attorney by your side.

What Kinds of Cases?

The Rolloff Law Office handles all types of juvenile crimes. While a child can commit any crime that an adult can, there are some that are more common than others. Those common types are:

  • Assault
  • Burglary
  • Vandalism
  • Theft and shoplifting
  • Terroristic threats
  • Probation violations
  • DWI
  • Drug crimes

As stated before, juveniles can be charged with much more severe offenses because they do commit them and they are accused of them. Murder/homicide and sex offenses are among those that can automatically move a child’s case to the adult court system. However, it does depend on the severity of the crime and whether or not the child is at an age where they should know better than to commit the offense that they committed because of its extreme nature. Whether or not the child can handle the consequences is also looked at because, if they can handle the crime, it is presumed they can handle the consequences. Your attorney will work with you and the child every step of the way to make sure the best result is achieved no matter how severe the alleged crime.

If you are the parent of a child who has been accused of a crime, one of the first things you should do is call an attorney. Getting a representative for your child --- you are taking a step toward preserving their future. And, while it may seem like the end of the road --- let me show you that it isn't,  To learn more about how the Rolloff Law Office can help you and your child, call (612) 234-1165 and set up a free consultation.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Shoplifting Lawyer - Bloomington, MN

Shoplifting, sometimes referred to as theft, is one of the most commonly prosecuted crimes in the State of Minnesota. 

Regardless of the circumstances surrounding your case, or the case of your loved one, it is essential that you understand that these are real charges that pose serious criminal consequences --- speaking to an experienced Minnesota Criminal Defense Attorney should be your first inclination. 


Theft charges and the penalties associated with them can range depending on the circumstances involved and the accused's prior criminal history. In any case, if convicted, you can expect fines, possible terms of imprisonment and a criminal conviction on your record. 

At the Rolloff Law Office, you can be confident that I apply every aspect of my experience as a former prosecutor --- as well as my dedication and legal knowledge --- when fighting for you and your future. 

Although shoplifting charges may seem an inconsequential or insignificant offense, these charges pose permanent criminal record issues that can negatively impact your future. 

If you or a loved one is facing allegations for shoplifting, I encourage you to schedule a free case evaluation to learn more about the ways in which I can aggressively and intelligently defend you. Call the Rolloff Law Office: (612) 234-1165

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Minnesota Speeding Ticket (Explained)

Every Minnesota driver is expected to use due care when operating a vehicle. This means, among other things, obeying all posted speed limits. A driver who exceeds the speed limit can be pulled over and fined.  If you have received a ticket --- and youwant to keep it off of your record --- call an experienced Minnesota Criminal Defense Attorney.  The money you spend now ... will be money you save in the future.  

Speed limits

In Minnesota Speed limits are usually designated by traffic signs. If no speed limit is posted, these are the lawful speeds at which to drive:
  • 30 mph in an urban area or on a town road in a rural residential district
  • 65 mph on non-interstate freeways and expressways
  • 70 mph on interstate highways outside the limits of any urbanized area with a population greater than 50,000
  • 65 mph on interstate highways inside the limits of any urbanized area with a population greater than 50,000
  • 10 mph in alleys
  • 55 mph in locations other than those specified above


The basic fines for speeding in Minnesota depend on how far over the limit the driver was speeding --- the maximum can be almost $400.  In addition to the fine, penalties for speeding/moving violations increase as more tickets are issued. 

A person’s driver’s license will be suspended for:
  • 30 days, if the person is convicted of:
    • Four traffic offenses within a 12-month period
    • Five traffic offenses within a 24-month period
  • 90 days, if the person is convicted of:
    • Five traffic offenses within a 12-month period
    • Six traffic offenses within a 24-month period
  • 180 days, if the person is convicted of seven traffic offenses within a 24-month period
  • One year, if the person is convicted of eight or more traffic offenses within a 24-month period.

Minnesota Speeding Attorneys

In all Minnesota speeding cases, the burden of proof lies with the prosecution to prove that the defendant broke the law by exceeding the speed limit. There are a number of possible ways to defend speeding violations. Perhaps the officer’s radar was improperly operated and gave an inaccurate result, or maybe the officer did not have sufficient training to use the radar gun. 

The Rolloff Law Office can analyze your case and partner with you to craft a strategy for successful defense and keep your speeding violations off of your permanent record.  Call today: (612) 234-1165.