Crow Wing County has some of the most aggressive prosecutors in the state. Jurors are normally conservative, so prosecutors know they can take a hard line with defendants. Additionally, a high conviction rate is the only way to move up the statewide corporate ladder. Making matters worse, prosecutors can call on a small army of investigators and support staff who are just as single-minded as they are.

Only the best Brainerd misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor lawyers can level the playing field, and that’s what you’ll find at Carlson & Jones. To us, criminal defense is a matter of standing up for individual rights that are the foundation of this country. So, we take misdemeanor charges very seriously.

Misdemeanor Crimes by Class and Sentences

Minnesota law classifies misdemeanors as  gross misdemeanors, misdemeanors, and petty misdemeanors.

a. Gross Misdemeanors

These are the most serious misdemeanor crimes in Minnesota. Examples include interfering with the legislature or intimidating a member of the legislature, physical attack on a peace officer, criminal neglect of a vulnerable adult, and stalking. Gross misdemeanors are punishable by up to a year in jail or a fine of up to $3,000, or both.

b. Misdemeanors

Misdemeanors include crimes such as first conviction for driving while intoxicated (DWI), reckless driving resulting in minor injuries , fifth-degree assault, trespass, and small theft. These are punishable by up to 90 days in jail, or fine of up to $1,000, or both.

c. Petty Misdemeanors

Petty misdemeanors include traffic offenses and other citations. These crimes are the least serious in nature and the potential sentence does not include jail time. They are punishable by a fine of up to $300.

Common Criminal Misdemeanors

Misdemeanors are violent and nonviolent crimes which are punishable by a maximum one year in jail. These offenses often have substantial indirect consequences as well. Some of the most common misdemeanors and gross misdemeanors include:

Depending on the facts, prosecutors often upgrade misdemeanor charges to felony charges. Normally, prosecutors bring the most aggressive charges the facts will allow.

Resolving a Brainerd Misdemeanor Case

Plea bargains, or out-of-court settlements, resolve almost all the misdemeanor cases in Crow Wing County.  Most of these agreements involve reduced charges and/or a reduced sentence.

Frequently, a Brainerd misdemeanor lawyer can arrange a plea bargain/dismissal. Deferred adjudication is a good example. The judge places the defendant on probation, and if the defendant successfully completes it, the judge dismisses the case. As a result, the defendant has no conviction record.

If the case goes to trial, prosecutors must establish guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. That’s the highest standard of proof in Minnesota law.

Charged with Misdemeanor? Call a Brainerd Misdemeanor Attorney for Help

All misdemeanor charges are defensible. However, to get a sentence in your favor, you need to work with skilled lawyers who are experienced and knowledgeable in this branch of law.  For a free consultation with an experienced Brainerd misdemeanor lawyer, contact Carlson & Jones, P.A. at (218) 736-9429. We routinely handle matters in Crow Wing County and nearby jurisdictions.

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