Date: October 2022
Case: Malicious Punishment of a Child
Attorney: Mike Brandt
Result: Mike’s client was charged with Malicious Punishment of a Child for an incident occurring on a school bus. Mike felt the case did not warrant the charges and challenged probable cause for the charges (arguing that there was not sufficient evidence for the charges). After submitting written arguments to the court as to why the charges should be dismissed, the court agreed with Mike and dismissed the charges.
Date: February 2022
Case: Gross Misdemeanor Aiding & Abetting in Malicious Punishment of a Child
Attorney: Mike Brandt
Result: Mike’s client was facing a serious charge of Gross Misdemeanor Aiding & Abetting in Malicious Punishment of a Child. However, based on Mike’s negotiations with the prosecutor, he was able to get his client into a diversion program. This means that after 2 years in the diversion program, the charge will be dismissed.
Date: January 2022
Case: Malicious Punishment of a Child, Domestic Assault
Attorney: Nicole Kettwick
Result: Nicole’s client was charged with Felony Malicious Punishment of a Child and two counts of Misdemeanor Domestic Assault in Kandiyohi County after a disagreement with the mother of his child. Nicole communicated with the prosecutor and ultimately the prosecutor dismissed all the charges against her client.
Date: September 2019
Case: DHS Disqualification
Attorney: Danielle C. Peden
Result: Dani’s client was disqualified from direct care facilities due to a prior malicious punishment of a child and theft conviction. Dani requested reconsideration of the disqualification and was able to convince the department to set aside the disqualifications. This resolution meant Dani’s client was able to work at the specific facility the reconsideration was requested for, and allowed her client to pursue her passion for helping others.
Nicole Kettwick’s client was facing Felony charges with a maximum punishment of 5 years in prison and a $10,000 fine, or both. His wife brought their four-month-old son into the Minneapolis Children’s Hospital for a wellness check and while there the doctors discovered two fractures. The doctors and law enforcement concluded that the fractures were indicative of abuse. Child Protection...
Nicole’s client’s wife called the police alleging he hit his 3 year old daughter and filed an order for protection against him. Nicole and her client prepared for the order for protection hearing and eventually got the order dismissed. Her client also faced criminal charges for a Felony Malicious Punishment of a Child and Gross Misdemeanor Malicious Punishment of a...