Under Minnesota law, a gross misdemeanor is a category of criminal offense that is punishable by a fine of up to $3,000 and/or one year in jail. Gross misdemeanors are considered more serious than misdemeanor offenses, but they are not as serious as felonies. If you have been charged with a gross misdemeanor, it is your right to secure the services of a highly qualified Minnesota criminal defense lawyer. Although a gross misdemeanor may not seem serious, the consequences of a conviction can follow you for the rest of your life. By fighting the charges, you may be able to minimize – or in some cases, completely avoid – the consequences.
Experience Fighting All Types Of Gross Misdemeanor Charges
The list of gross misdemeanor offenses is lengthy. Some of them are:
- Repeat assault offenses
- Refusal to Submit to Testing
- Some DWI offenses (such as repeat violations or high alcohol readings)
- Certain other traffic violations
- Fifth Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct
- Interference With a 911 Call
- Prostitution and some other sex crimes
This is simply an example of some of the offenses that qualify as gross misdemeanors. If you have been accused of any of these offenses, or any others, it is important to talk to your criminal attorney as soon as possible so work can immediately begin on your case.
Helping You Face Gross Misdemeanor Charges
When you hire an experienced Minnesota criminal defense attorney, you will receive the guidance that you need throughout the legal process. Segal, Roston & Berris has helped many individuals throughout Minnesota with defending against gross misdemeanor charges. A conviction can lead to fines and jail time. The judge may also order counseling, house arrest, restitution or community service. This is in addition to the conviction that is present on your criminal record, which can be seen by potential landlords or employers, financial institutions, or anyone else who might be curious. Even a non-felony theft conviction can cause you problems in the long-term, putting your future at risk. Your attorney will help you by giving you the comprehensive legal help that you need to get the best result in your case.
Contact Our Minnesota Criminal Defense Lawyers
Although a gross misdemeanor may not seem like a serious offense since it is not a felony, it can still pack serious consequences that can follow you around for the rest of your life. You could have difficulty finding a job, finding a place to live, or doing anything that involves a background check. To learn more about your rights and options, call Segal, Roston & Berris at 612-332-3100 for a free consultation.