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Misdemeanor Charge Defense

Being convicted of a crime can be a very scary thing. But taking the right steps in the process can significantly reduce your punishment and possibly result in no jail time. An experienced criminal defense lawyer, like Carolyn Agin Schmidt, will be ready to lead you through this process and answer any questions you have.

What is a Misdemeanor?

A misdemeanor conviction in Minnesota has a maximum punishment of 90 days in jail, $1000 fine, or both and will be shown on your public record. You have a right to an attorney and a jury to try your case. A misdemeanor is different than a petty misdemeanor, gross misdemeanor, or felony.

Some examples of a misdemeanor include:

  • Driving without a license

  • Simple assault

  • First-time DWI

  • Theft of property less than $500

  • Disorderly Conduct

Petty Misdemeanor

A petty misdemeanor is an offense that is not considered a crime and has a maximum fine of $300 and no jail time.

Some examples of a petty misdemeanor include:

  • Speeding tickets

  • Other low level moving violations

Gross Misdemeanor

A gross misdemeanor is above a misdemeanor but below a felony in rank. It is a maximum fine of $3000 and over a year in jail.

Some examples of a gross misdemeanor include:

  • Prostitution

  • 2nd, 3rd or 4th DWI

  • First time DWI with a blood alcohol level over. 16 or if you refuse a breath test at the station.

  • Theft over $500 but less than $1,000

  • Aggravated assault or domestic assault with a prior offense

What happens after I’ve been charged of a misdemeanor?

After being charged, there will be an arraignment where the judge will explain the defendant's rights and set the next court date, which is a pre-trial hearing. This court date is generally about a month to six weeks after the arraignment.

Next, there will be a discovery phase where the prosecution must release any paperwork related to the case. Following the discovery, there will be a settlement phase in which the defendant may be required to attend multiple hearings.

If there is no solution in the settlement phase, the case will move forward to a court or jury trial. If the defendant pleads guilty or is forced to plead guilty, there will be a sentencing hearing where the punishment with be decided.

Get Help Today!

Going through all of this on your own can be tricky. Don't worry, we can help you face your Misdemeanor charge.

Consult with the best criminal defense lawyer in the Minneapolis area, Carolyn Agin Schmidt. Give her a call today for a free consultation at (763) 575-8252.

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