Criminal Defense Lawyers in Minnesota

Our criminal defense practice encompassing assault, domestic violence, DUI, DWI, and misdemeanors helps you navigate these difficult times.

Our criminal defense covers these practice areas.

Assault

Even misdemeanor assaults are a serious crime because of the enhancability of this offense. This means that if a defendant were convicted a second or third time, the offense would be considered a gross misdemeanor, or even a felony. Of course, this means much stricter penalties as well. No one ever expects to get a second one, but it happens, and you are still better off avoiding the assault conviction if you can avoid it. There are options which may be available other than simply pleading guilty or risking trial. We can explore such options as well as defenses, alibis, or other ways of proving your innocence during a free half-hour consultation. It is vitally important that you do not plead guilty to assault if you have not had the opportunity to speak to an attorney.

Domestic Violence

Defendants accused of domestic violence often feel alone and helpless. There are few crimes which challenge the constitutional presumption of innocence more than a domestic assault. At Hoffman Law Office we will help you through what is usually a frightening and emotional experience. When even friends and family turn their backs, often without even knowing the facts, we will be on your side.

DUI

We offer efficient, affordable, and confidential representation to clients accused of DWI. Driving while intoxicated charges carry serious collateral consequences on top of any criminal sentence ordered upon conviction. Typically the most severe of these is the revocation of your driver’s license. The amount of time it is revoked depends upon the offense and blood alcohol concentration at the time of the offense. Worse still, your license can be revoked before you are even charged in court. You only have 30 days to challenge a revocation in court after receipt of notice. This makes it extremely important that you speak with an experienced DWI attorney as soon as possible following your arrest. In fact, you may even request to speak to an attorney at the jail prior to your blood-alcohol test. However, you must be extremely careful not to show refusal to take the blood-alcohol test since the refusal is in itself a crime more serious than the initial DWI for which you are being tested. Consultations are always free.

DWI

We offer efficient, affordable, and confidential representation to clients accused of DWI. Driving while intoxicated charges carry serious collateral consequences on top of any criminal sentence ordered upon conviction. Typically the most severe of these is the revocation of your driver’s license. The amount of time it is revoked depends upon the offense and blood alcohol concentration at the time of the offense. Worse still, your license can be revoked before you are even charged in court. You only have 30 days to challenge a revocation in court after receipt of notice. This makes it extremely important that you speak with an experienced DWI attorney as soon as possible following your arrest. In fact, you may even request to speak to an attorney at the jail prior to your blood-alcohol test. However, you must be extremely careful not to show refusal to take the blood-alcohol test since the refusal is in itself a crime more serious than the initial DWI for which you are being tested. Consultations are always free.

Gross Misdemeanor

Gross misdemeanors are defined by Minnesota Statute §609.02 Subd. 4. “Gross misdemeanor” means any crime which is not a felony or misdemeanor. The maximum fine which may be imposed for a gross misdemeanor is $3,000.

Misdemeanors

Misdemeanors are defined by Minnesota Statute §609.02 Subd. 3. “Misdemeanor” means a crime for which a sentence of not more than 90 days or a fine of not more than $1,000, or both, may be imposed.

Petty Misdemeanor

Petty Misdemeanors are defined by Minnesota Statute §609.02 Subd. 3. “Petty misdemeanor” means a petty offense which is prohibited by statute, which does not constitute a crime and for which a sentence of a fine of not more than $300 may be imposed.

Our criminal defense practice encompassing assault, domestic violence, DUI, DWI, and misdemeanors helps you navigate these difficult times.

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