A gross misdemeanor is a serious crime that can lead to a big punishment. Although a gross misdemeanor is not as serious as a felony, it can still have a lasting impact on your life. If you are charged with a gross misdemeanor in Minnesota, you need an experienced defense attorney on your side.
Understanding Gross Misdemeanor Charges
In the state of Minnesota, a gross misdemeanor is punishable by up to a year in prison and/or fines of up to $3,000. Additionally, a gross misdemeanor serves as a permanent mark on your record. That can affect many aspects of your life.
There are many different crimes that can lead to a gross misdemeanor in Minnesota, including:
- Gambling offenses;
- Trespassing; and
- Repeat offenses
Whether you will be charged with a gross misdemeanor or a felony often depends on the value of property involved in the crime, or the physical harm or threat posed to others.
After you are arrested for a gross misdemeanor, the court will set bail and any other release conditions. Next, you will appear in court for the arraignment where you will be formally charged. After the arraignment, you will have the ability to challenge any evidence during the “omnibus” hearing. At this point, your case will go to a pre-trial where you may be able to negotiate a plea deal. In many cases, a plea deal results in a lesser charge for the defendant. If no plea is reached, then the case will go to trial.
It’s often difficult to understand the difference between a misdemeanor and a gross misdemeanor. Having a qualified attorney on your case will ensure you better understand the charges and help you get the best outcome possible.
Gross Misdemeanor Defense Lawyer
As soon as you are aware of a gross misdemeanor charge against you, it’s important to get help. With the right lawyer, you can build a case that may result in a reduced charge. In other cases, your charges may be dropped completely. Your lawyer will gather the necessary evidence to argue your case so you don’t face the maximum penalties for a gross misdemeanor conviction.
If you are convicted of a gross misdemeanor, it can have a lasting impact on your life. Aside from the prison sentence and the fine, you may find yourself unable to find steady employment with a criminal record. In some cases, a lawyer may be able to get your gross misdemeanor expunged from your record, but the best solution is to avoid a conviction in the first place.
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If you are charged with a gross misdemeanor, our attorneys have the experience to help you. At the Brown Law Offices, P.A., we are dedicated to defending you. We have helped many defendants overcome gross misdemeanor charges. Don’t underestimate the potential damage a gross misdemeanor can have on your life. Call us today at 763-323-6555, or complete our free online consultation form.