Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Hennepin County Expungement Attorney

When a someone has been convicted of a criminal offense attempts to  put their past behind him/her ... to move forward with their life ... often they are reminded of their poor decisions because of a criminal record. 

A past conviction could have the effect of harming one;s ability to secure employment or pursue educational opportunities. Some states, including Minnesota, allow some offenders to have their records expunged.  Do you want to put your past --- in the past --- then contact an experienced Minnesota Criminal Defense Attorney and see if you qualify for an expungement.

What's an Expungement?

Expungement is the process of going to court to ask a judge to seal a court record. When a record it sealed ... it cannot be made known to the public and it generally stays off of any background checks.  

What Kinds of Cases Can Be Expunged?

What Types of Cases that Could Be Expunged?

The laws in Minnesota changed at the beginning of 2015, allowing a judge to seal more criminal records and convictions. This law also allows the court to order other governmental agencies to seal their records. However, not all cases can be expunged.

According to Minnesota Statute 609A.02, a person could seek record expungement if:

  • All pending actions or proceedings were resolved in favor of the petitioner;
  • The petitioner has successfully completed the terms of a diversion program and has not been charged with a new crime for at least one year since completion of the diversion program;
  • The petitioner was convicted of or received a stayed sentence for a petty misdemeanor or misdemeanor and has not been convicted of a new crime for at least two years;
  • The petitioner was convicted of or received a stayed sentence for a gross misdemeanor and has not been convicted of a new crime for at least four years; and/or
  • The petitioner was convicted of or received a stayed sentence for a certain felony violation and has not been convicted of a new crime for at least five years
According to the new law, some of the felony violations could include a controlled substance in the fifth degree, sale of a simulated controlled substance, unlawful acts involving liquor, contempt, failure to appear in court and receiving stolen goods.

If a person has been charged with a certain controlled substance offense and the proceedings have been dismissed, he or she could petition to have all records relating to the arrest, indictment, trial and dismissal sealed.

Juvenile Records?

If a juvenile has been prosecuted as an adult in Minnesota, he or she could petition to have the criminal record sealed if he or she is finally discharged by the commissioner of corrections or if he or she has been placed on probation by the court and discharged from probation after completed the requirements.

Domestic Assault?

Under state law, a person charged with a domestic violence offense, such as felony assault by strangulation, would not be allowed to have the record sealed. Additionally, crimes that require registration also would not be able to be expunged. This includes murder, kidnapping and criminal sexual conduct, according to Minnesota Statute 243.166.

J.M. Rolloff is a skilled Hennepin County Expungement Attorney who can help you determine if your criminal record is eligible to be sealed. The process of sealing a criminal record can be complex and often quite lengthy. Having a former prosecutor who is experienced on both sides of the law can be beneficial to your expungement. Call The Rolloff Law Office - today - to set up a FREE CONSULTATION: (612) 234-1165

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Affordable Criminal Defense Lawyer (Apple Valley)

Unlike a trip to your favorite restaurant, you are unlikely to find - when visiting an attorney  - a flat rate for his services based just on the alleged crime committed.  Instead, as an experienced Apple Valley Criminal Defense Attorney, when I determine a total cost I lok at a number of factors.  

Why Do You Charge What You Charge?

Some common considerations --- that go into determining how much money you can expect to spend on your legal services include:

1. Your Case (Type/Level of Offense)

The largest factor in determining the cost of my services depends on exactly what you’re asking me to do. For example, hiring an attorney to get you out of an assault charge is going to cost more than paying him to get you out of a traffic ticket.  Another big factor is how much time I/we will need to spend reviewing, preparing and fighting your case. Again ... I'm not going to need a whole lot of time getting up to speed on a Driving After Revocation ticket; however, something like a DWI or a felony controlled substance crime charge --- that will often involve a lot more work.  

When we meet --- and I know what you want/need me to do --- and what I can do --- I should be able to give you an idea of how much time I'll need to get you that result at the initial, free consultation.

2. Experience

Often ... the more experienced an attorney is, the more money he is apt to charge you.  (And, going to an inexperienced may save you money at the outset, but if they can’t secure an outcome - that considers not only the short term consequences ... but, also looks at where you might be five-years down the road - you might end up paying more or getting a worse sentence in the end. 

As a former prosecutor, I saw many people overcharged and under-served.  I try to be fair ... because I know that not everyone has a ton of money to thrown at situations like this.  

In the final analysis ... money (although an important consideration,) should not be the only metric you use to gauge who might be the right lawyer for you.  Call or set up a FREE CONSULTATION with the Rolloff Law Office today.  I'll explain what I can do, and how affordable it can be.  Call: (612) 234-1165.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Should You Hire a Scott County Criminal Defense Lawyer?

The Rolloff Law Office is a different kind of defense firm.

We get big city results with small town customer service. We know our clients by name, not by file number.  As a Minneapolis-based criminal defense law firm, our primary goal is exceptionally serving the client at an affordable cost. Our representation ranges from crisis management, situation damage control, criminal pre-charge representation during investigatory phases, and defense representation of criminal charges in state and federal courts. Minneapolis criminal defense lawyer Christopher Keyser was named a Super Lawyer Rising Star, a Top 100 Trial Lawyer, and has a Superb rating on We provide representation for every type of Minnesota criminal matter including:ArsonAssault and BatteryResidential BurglaryCriminal Sexual Conduct / Sex CrimesCriminal Vehicular OperationCriminal Vehicular HomicideDisorderly ConductDomestic AssaultDrug CrimesDWI / DUI DefenseFourth Degree DWIThird Degree DWISecond Degree DWIFelony First Degree DWICareless DrivingDWI Test RefusalExpungementFederal CrimesFeloniesFraudJail and Detox ReleaseJuvenile CrimesKidnappingMilitary DefenseMurder and HomicideProbation ViolationsShoplifting / Retail TheftSimple RobberyAggravated RobberyProstitutionSolitcitationTheftWeapons CrimesWhite Collar CrimesCriminal Defense StrategiesOur approach to fighting Minnesota criminal charges is simple but effective. We don’t bring gimmicks or tricks to court – only hard work, persistence, and aggressive advocacy. In every criminal defense case, we follow the same rules and principles:Client Consultation. We want to meet you and hear how we can help. Every criminal defense case is important, whether a misdemeanor or serious felony. We listen to your story and then educate you on both the good and bad aspects of your case under Minnesota law. We’re up front and tell it to you straight.Review the Evidence. Before any decisions can be made in your case, you need to see the evidence against you – and so do we. Any evidence we obtain from the prosecution is given to you, and any defense motions or letters drafted in your case are copied to you. We provide full transparency so you are fully informed every step of the way.Create a Criminal Defense Strategy. Should you negotiate a plea deal or go to trial? Jury trial or bench trial? This depends on the evidence against you, any criminal history you may have, and the specific facts of the case. The best defense plan may include using private investigators, obtaining expert witnesses, or consulting with other professionals to make the best decisions. Either way, we’ll explore all options.Execute the Criminal Defense Strategy. We work with our clients as a team. Together we will decide the best direction for your case and work to achieve the goals we create. If the evidence against you is strong, working with the prosecutor to obtain a reduced charge, avoid jail or prison, and minimize probation conditions may be the best plan. If the evidence against you is weak, aggressively pushing the case to trial may be the best option. Either way we have the respected relationships with prosecutors, the experience, and the reputation to win.Choosing the Right Criminal Defense AttorneyOur goal is to obtain the best possible outcome for your case, whether that means avoiding jail or prison, getting a reduced sentence, or avoiding a criminal conviction on your record. Like most law firms, we like to win and we win a lot. Every person is entitled to the best representation. We offer competitive rates and reduced fees for military veterans and servicemembers. Our criminal defense cases are handled on a flat fee basis, meaning we do not bill hourly for our services. To learn more about how we can help, call our offfice at (612) 338-5007 for a free case evaluation.