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.