Saturday, April 26, 2014
Sex offenses, including prostitution, can lead to serious criminal consequences --- this is why it is important to consult with an experienced Minnesota Criminal Defense Attorney.
Due to the increased number of police stings, more and more people are being charged with prostitution offenses. At the Rolloff Law Office we have seen two basic kinds of "stings."
The first is when an undercover police office puts an ad on an online sight such as www.backpage.com or www. minneapolis.craigslist.com advertising "services." When a customer (often a man) calls the number, the office will give basic information and there is usually an agreement on price. Then ... come more calls --- during the second phone call, the cop will give instructions on where to go (usually a hotel). When the customer arrives there, the officer will call again and tell him which room to go to. When the man enters the room, the cop will start with small talk, then turn the conversation to sexual acts and outfits. When the man puts the money somewhere in the open, the cop says some keyword, goes into the bathroom, and a group of cops enter the room and arrest the man.
The second is when undercover cops stand on a street and approach cars and offer their services. When some agreement is reached, the cop will tell the driver to go down the street, give the sign, and cops come and arrest the driver.
If you are charged with prostitution, you will likely be facing a Gross Misdemeanor --- a crime in the State of Minnesota that is punishable by up to a year in jail and a $3000 fine.
If you have been charged with prostitution, call The Rolloff Law Office at (612) 234-1165 to discuss your case and your options. It's FREE!
Thursday, April 17, 2014
If you or someone you know has been arrested for DWI or drunk driving, here are a few initial things to know:
1. Consider Contacting a Minnesota DWI Attorney
When ever your facing a situation unknown to you, it is a good practice to bring yourself up to speed --- to get information --- before you make a decision which will (likely) have longstanding ramifications. An experienced Minnesota Criminal Defense Attorney can ensure that your arrest is handled properly and that you receive the best result under the circumstances - including a dismissal. If you are unsure about the process, an experienced drunk driving lawyer can help you understand the process and make you aware of your options.
2. Consider Challenging the License Revocation
As part of most Minnesota DWI arrests, the accused may have their driver’s license revoked, their license plates impounded, and/or their vehicle forfeited. If you want to challenge these things, you need to file, in a timely manner, paperwork with the court. In addition, the time to file these challenges is limited to between 30 and 60 days. If this seems like something you might need help with --- consider contacting a lawyer.
3. Be Proactive
Most DWI convictions will include - as part of the criminal sentence - certain obligations, including: a chemical dependency evaluation and attmedence at a MADD Victim Impact Panel. If you do those things before the judge orders you to do that ... you maybe able to earn a better outcome for your case by a more open minded DA and judge who'll see that you are "working on the problem."
If you are facing a Minnesota DWI, DUI, or drunk driving charge, call The Rolloff Law Office for a free consultation at (612) 234-1165.