Tuesday, February 20, 2018

MN DWI Driver's License Revocations (Explained)

When someone is pulled over by law enforcement --- that traffic stop can result in major complications.  This is why it is important to speak to an experienced Minnesota Criminal Defense Attorney.

Drunk Driving License Consequences

If you have been cited for driving over the legal limit ... the authorities may be able to take your license for at least 90 days. You could also receive an automatic revocation of even longer ---  under certain circumstances, such as if your blood alcohol level tested above 0.16.

One's ability to drive a car plays a major role in many things --- including getting to work, appointments, school, etc.  So, losing your license (for months!!!) could endanger a lot of important goals you have.  

With this in mind, the whole idea about losing your license needs to be addressed quickly and correctly.    

Expericenced Driver's License Attorney

What happens in the time period right after a driver fails a blood alcohol test can have significant impacts in relation to the issue of license revocation. This is because the measures one can take (to try and protect their driving privileges when facing an automatic revocation) can have short deadlines and time-frames associated with them. 

Therefore, after being accused failing a blood alcohol test, you may want to discuss their options related to the issue of license revocation with the Rolloff Law Office as soon as you can.  Call today: (612) 234-1165

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Minnesota Domestic Assault Attorney

An investigation (and allegations) of domestic assault within the home may often lead to a criminal charge.  If you have been cited for as much, it is important to get information from an experienced Minnesota Criminal Defense Attorney.

Domestic Assault

In addition to criminal charges, a crime related to domestic violence could also result in the issuance of a civil restraining order. 

The law setting forth what constitutes the Crime of Domestic Assault --- explains that one has committed a misdemeanor if his or her intended action is to create fear of imminent physical harm or death in a family member.

Family Member 

According to the law a family or household members can include the following:
  • Spouses and ex-spouses of the defendant
  • Children and parents of the defendant
  • Any person related by blood, such as siblings
  • House-mates or past house-mates
  • Co-parent to a child of defendant
  • Pregnant woman if defendant is the alleged father
Also --- when someone is sexually involved with another ... that person is also considered covered family member for the purposes of domestic assault crimes.

It is also a violation if he or she purposely does exact or does attempt to exact bodily harm on someone in the family.

If you are looking for help --- please feel free to contact the Rolloff Law Office to get Free Answers: (612) 234-1165

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Receiving Stolen Property (Explained)

If you have been charged with the offense of Receiving Stolen Property --- you should seek out come input from an experienced Minnesota Criminal Defense Attorney.  Even after you have read this post.

This offense is defined as: any person who receives, possesses, transfers, buys or conceals any stolen property or property obtained by robbery, knowing or having reason to know the property was stolen or obtained by robbery.  In many respects, the accused are treated like those who commit Theft.  (Another crime that is similar to the receiving of stolen property is pawning of stolen property.)

What Can Happen

This crime can be charged as a felony, gross misdemeanor and/or a misdemeanor.  The penalty range is dependent upon the conduct and the amount of the theft. For instance, for certain felonies the defendant faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and/or a $100,000 fine. But, if the value of the property stolen on the lower end --- the maximum penalty is 5 years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.  Or -- if one is charged with a gross misdemeanor – the maximum penalty is up to one year in jail and/or a $3,000 fine.  And, if the value of the stolen property or services is less than $500, it is a misdemeanor and the defendant can be sentenced to 90 days in jail and/or a fine of $1,000.  Disregard these numbers --- if the act creates a reasonably foreseeable risk of bodily harm to another person.  If that's the case: the penalties described above are enhanced

A good argument --- if you have been accused of receiving stolen property is claiming that you were ignorant to the fact that it was stolen. The requisite knowledge and intent is critical to the case, and often may be difficult for the State to prove. Additional defense arguments center on whether the the accused had a claim of right to the alleged stolen property, and whether the State can prove the value of the property in order to meet the gross misdemeanor or felony thresholds for the criminal penalties. Most good theft defenses will require careful scrutiny by a Minnesota Theft Attorney and potentially an investigator to interview key witnesses. The end result is a well thought out and strategic defense that focuses on not only preparing a defense for trial, but also used to leverage an optimal plea negotiation.

 If you have been charged with Receiving Stolen Property (and/or Theft) in Minnesota, you need to consult with a skilled Minnesota Criminal Defense Attorney like the Rolloff Law Office.  The sooner you do this, the better your chances of gathering the information that could help to see these charges dismissed.  Call today: (612) 234-1165

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Minnesota Prostitution Charges (Explained)

Law Enforcement Departments in Minnesota have increased their enforcement of Minnesota’s Prostitution Laws.   They regularly conduct STINGS on the internet, using phony advertising in Backpage for example.   These increase during conventions and events like the 2018 Super Bowl.   If you have been caught up in something like this --- you should contact an experienced Minnesota Criminal Defense Lawyer

What Is Prostitution in Minnesota?

Prostitution is defined as the act of engaging, agreeing to or offering to engage in sexual contact or sexual penetration for a fee. Prostitution is closely connected to solicitation, pandering, loitering with the intent to prostitute and sex trafficking. Some of the charges that you may be facing if arrested for prostitution include:
  • Engaging in any sexual activity for moneyLoitering in a public place with the intent to prostitute;
  • Induce (or solicit) an individual to practice prostitution;
  • Promotes the prostitution of an individual (pimping);
  • Receives profit that it is derived from the prostitution, or the promotion of the prostitution, of an individual of any age; and
  • Prostitutes in a school or park zone.

Any prostitution charge/conviction is a serious criminal offense that should not be taken lightly. 

Whether you are the patron or the prostitute, you could be looking at severe fines and prison time if you are found guilty. If you are facing any accusation related to prostitution or solicitation, your first step should be to contact a qualified Minnesota Prostitution Lawyer.

If you are busted as a customer, promoter (alleged human trafficking) or as a person engaging in prostitution, it goes beyond the penalties.   There is embarrassment.   Further, there are often underlying chemical or emotional issues which the court will expect to be addressed.   You need an experienced Minnesota Criminal Defense Lawyer at your side during these difficult times.  

Contact The Rolloff Law Office for a confidential telephone consultation: (612) 234-1165. There is no fee until you hire us.  We represent individuals charged with prostitution throughout Anoka, Hennepin, Ramsey, Dakota, and Washington Counties.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Minnesota Juvenile Drinking and Driving (Explained)

In the State of Minnesota, the laws for Juvenile Drunk Driving differ from those for adults --- and all too often, the accused will not simply receive a slap on the wrist. 

Frankly, because these persons are still in the beginnings of their driving lives, courts - hoping to deter future offenses - often will come down hard.  This is why it is important to talk to an experienced Minnesota Juvenile Criminal Defense Lawyer

Minnesota’s Not a Drop Alcohol Law

Furthermore, for minors that have a higher blood alcohol content than just a trace, they will find that they face higher punishments. So those above the limit of .08 will have a higher punishment than someone with .02 and those with a blood alcohol content of .16 will face even greater punishments than that.

When it comes to minors and alcohol, there two primary laws that dictate what punishments they will face. While the zero tolerance policy of the state of Minnesota dictates they will be punished, these laws dictate what those punishments will be.

This law specifically targets juveniles that are below the age of 18 who get behind the wheel while under the influence. Punishments for violations of Vanessa’s Law include:
  • They cannot obtain a license or learner’s permit until age 18
  • Must pay up to $680 in order to receive the license
  • Juvenile DWI drivers may also face extra punishments depending on the nature of the incident and blood alcohol content depending on the judge’s discretion.
If your child is still a minor, then the Not a Drop Law does not specifically pertain to them. This law advises punishments on those who are above 18 years of age, but below the legal drinking age of 21 years old. Punishments for violating the Not a Drop Law include:
  • Revocation of driver’s license for up to 30 days or more
  • Replacement with a limited or temporary license that has provisions to prevent further DWI incidents.
  • Additional punishments may be added depending on the nature of the incident and the blood alcohol content at the judge’s discretion.

If you are in the Minneapolis area and need representation for an underage DWI or even for a DWI for those above the age of 21 years old, contact the Rolloff Law Office to see what we can do for you.  Call today: (612) 234-1165.