The attorneys at Brandt Kettwick Defense are here to help you. The Minnesota criminal lawyers at Brandt have over 30 years of experience with a variety of misdemeanor crimes. Our attorneys have been recognized by Superlawyers for the past decade and Mike Brandt is a certified criminal trial specialist through the Minnesota State Bar Association.
In Minnesota, a misdemeanor is defined as any crime that is punishable by up to 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine. There are a variety of misdemeanor crimes and can include:
- Domestic Assaults
- Underage DWI / DUI
- Traffic violations
- Fifth degree assault
- First time DWI / DUI
- Violating an order for protection
Hiring an experienced criminal attorney is your best defense and the first step you can take in getting your life back on track. We understand how difficult this time may be for you and your family, it is our job to help alleviate some of the stress, by handling all aspects of your case. Many misdemeanor charges can also lead to collateral consequences that could impact the rest of your life. At Brandt Kettwick Defense, we offer free consultations where we sit down with you to answer your questions and explain the process and these collateral consequences.
If you are interested in hiring an attorney, call 763-421-6366 for a free consultation today.
Misdemeanor Information & Guides
Maximum Penalties for misdemeanors are 90 days in jail and/or a $1,000 fine.
Petty misdemeanor: 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.
Misdemeanor: A crime that is punishable by up to 90 days in jail and/or a $1,000 fine.
Gross Misdemeanor: A crime that is punishable by up to one year in jail and/or a $3,000 fine.
Felony: A crime that is punishable by over one year in jail.
What’s the difference between felonies and misdemeanors?
In Minnesota, a felony is a serious offense such as assault or battery, domestic violence, murder, rape, kidnapping, some sexual offenses, and other violent crimes. A felony is punishable by over 1 year in jail.
A misdemeanor is a less serious crime in Minnesota with jail time of up to 90 days and fines of up to $1,000.
Someone who is facing misdemeanor charges should speak with a criminal defense attorney immediately. While less serious than a felony or gross misdemeanor, a misdemeanor can have collateral consequences to your driver’s license, background check, ability to get a job or rent an apartment, and possibly your right to carry possess a firearm.
Do not talk to the cops. Only in extremely rare circumstances do we recommend communicating with the cops and any decision to do so should be made with the advice of counsel and with an attorney present.