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Assault Defense Lawyer Minneapolis, MN

Assault is one of the most commonly charged criminal offenses in Minnesota. Assault also has some of the worst direct and collateral consequences of any criminal charge in Hennepin County.
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Criminal Defense Lawyer Minneapolis, MN

Minneapolis Criminal Defense Attorney. Being charged with a Criminal Defense charge can carry a variety of consequences – depending on the severity of the case….

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Criminal Vehicular Operation Defense Lawyer Minneapolis, MN

Section 609.2113 of the Minnesota Statutes is one of the most complex and most serious felonies in the Gopher State. This statute covers most impaired driving offenses which cause serious injury or death.

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Disorderly Conduct Defense Lawyer Minneapolis, MN

Most states have a general disturbing the peace, reckless conduct, or disorderly conduct statute. Section 609.72 of the Minnesota Statutes is actually more specific than some other similar laws in other states.

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Domestic Assualt Defense Lawyer Minneapolis, MN

According to one estimate, one in four women are the victim of relationship violence at some point during their lives. Even if that statistic is inflated, there is no doubt that domestic violence is one of society’s most serious problems.

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Drug Crimes Defense Lawyer Minneapolis, MN

The term “war on drugs” has fallen out of favor, but police officers are still very aggressive in this area, and so are prosecutors. The good news is that these charges are harder than ever for authorities to prove in court.

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DWI and DUI Defense Lawyer Minneapolis, MN

Minnesota-based DWI and Minneapolis DUI Attorney. If you or a loved one has been arrested and charged with DWI or DUI and need a Minneapolis…

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Firearms Weapons Defense Lawyer Minneapolis, MN

The Constitution gives people the right to keep and bear arms. However, governments, including the state of Minnesota, have substantial leeway when it comes to gun ownership and carrying restrictions.

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Forgery Charges Defense Lawyer Minneapolis, MN

Many people equate forgery with a false signature on a document. But in Minnesota, this offense is much broader. Using or possessing a forged instrument is illegal.

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Fraud Charges Defense Lawyer Minneapolis, MN

Fraud schemes run the gauntlet from relatively simple affairs, like credit card fraud, to multibillion-dollar Ponzi schemes. Even though they are simple, a state law conviction could mean years in prison.

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Liquor Law Defense Lawyer Minneapolis, MN

Whether you operate a grocery store, convenience store, or restaurant, alcohol sales probably make up a significant percentage of your revenue. Any legal interruption, such as a claim against your license or an alleged dram shop violation, could be financially devastating.

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Motor Vehicle & Auto Theft Defense Lawyer Minneapolis, MN

Auto theft is one of the most serious felonies in Minnesota. And, as outlined below, this offense is much broader in the Gopher State than it is elsewhere. In fact, in Hennepin County, auto theft is actually an umbrella term for a number of different offenses.

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Robbery Defense Lawyer Minneapolis, MN

In many courts, robbery is one of the most serious felony cases. Many judges and prosecutors believe these offenders pose a significant threat to public safety. Additionally, these infractions have a readily identifiable victim.

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Sex Crimes Defense Lawyer Minneapolis, MN

Very few offenses have as severe direct and collateral consequences as sex crimes. A conviction could mean many years in prison. A conviction could also mean long-term registration as a sex offender and a number of other issues.

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Theft Defense Lawyer Minneapolis, MN

Generally, theft is taking property without the owner’s consent with the intent to permanently deprive the owner of the full use and enjoyment of that property. Certain forms of auto theft, like joyriding, do not have the same intent element.

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Traffic Violations Defense Lawyer Minneapolis, MN

Minnesota Traffic Violation Lawyer If you’ve recently been issued with a traffic violation ticket then you’ll know just how inconvenient they can be, not to…

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Meet Our Team of Criminal Defense & DWI Lawyers in Minnesota

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Kyle Dreger

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Gerald Miller

Criminal & DWI Defense Attorney
Attorney Cody Wright

Cody Wright

Criminal & DWI Defense Attorney
Ronnie Santana

Ronnie Santana

Criminal & DWI Defense Attorney

Why Trust Gerald Miller Law Firm

Because

  • We offer you a FREE no obligation initial consultation.
  • We only practice criminal defense law. We don’t split our time working on other areas of law so that we can provide intense focus to your criminal case.
  • Our team is available to you 24/7/365. Our resources are deep and strong. We collaborate and continually draw from each other’s experience to devise the best strategy and defense for you.
  • Our seasoned team of Minneapolis assault lawyers, Minneapolis sex crimes lawyers, Minneapolis drug crimes lawyers, Minneapolis fraud lawyers, Minneapolis DWI lawyers and much more will fight hard for you and be by your side every step of the way.
  • We have decades of criminal courtroom experience and an in-depth knowledge of the legal system and Minnesota criminal law. This experience has taught us sophisticated and highly skilled courtroom tactics, as well as adept trial and negotiating skills.
  • We understand that each case and client is uniquely different. People hire us because of our knowledge of the system, and realize that it is our job to help a client navigate a difficult process. As we are preparing a case, we know what to look for in the evidence, but also realize that it is critical to listen to our clients needs. Then, only after we know our client, we can tailor make a defense unique to your case depending on the goals we have set out.
  • We will always treat you with compassion and respect. As our former clients will tell you, we are very quick and prompt in answering any questions, and will keep you informed about every step in the process. We have an appreciation for how stressful criminal charges can be, and that is why we take it very seriously to provide a calming, and honest, reassurance throughout. We consider the “service” side of our job to be as serious as anything else we do because being trusted to be someone’s attorney is a privilege.

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    Minneapolis Criminal Defense FAQs

    Cost depends on several factors, the most important of which are usually the attorney’s experience level and the severity of the offense. Experienced Minneapolis criminal defense lawyers charge more than inexperienced attorneys. Additionally, felonies usually cost more than misdemeanors, because most felonies are more complex than most misdemeanors.

    Criminal defense attorneys basically stand up for individual rights against the state. Obtaining convictions is the best way for prosecutors to move up the ladder. So, many of these individuals will do almost anything, including cheat, to convict defendants. A Minneapolis criminal defense lawyer protects your rights, such as your right to remain silent and the presumption of innocence.

    Experience, location, and commitment are usually the three best things to look for in a Minneapolis criminal defense lawyer. Experienced lawyers know how to evaluate cases and identify defenses. They also know all the written and unwritten procedural rules. Furthermore, it is much easier to work with an attorney who has an office nearby as opposed to a lawyer who is on the other side of town. Finally, for many lawyers, criminal defense is a sideshow. You need a lawyer who is committed to individual rights and committed to an effective defense.

    At the initial consultation, Minneapolis criminal defense lawyers evaluate your case, identify defenses, and answer your procedural and other questions. At a subsequent pretrial hearing, defense lawyers challenge the state’s case on legal and procedural grounds. At trial, attorneys challenge the state’s evidence, so prosecutors cannot establish guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

    Some attorneys charge by the hour. Other attorneys charge stairstep flat fees, such as X for a negotiated plea bargain, X+Y for a trial before the judge, and X+Y+Z for a trial before a jury. It is illegal for criminal lawyers to charge contingency fees. So, unless the attorney is a public interest lawyer, you will almost always pay something upfront.

    Some factors to consider in your choice include the amount of money the lawyer charges and the attorney’s track record. You probably do not want the cheapest lawyer, and you probably do not want the most expensive one either. You definitely do not want a lawyer with little or no trial experience.

    Online reviews are helpful. But anyone can write anything in an online review. Honors and awards are important too. But frequently, attorneys win these “awards” because they buy a book. Instead, finding the best criminal defense lawyer in Minneapolis usually requires a personal consultation. The attorney must have a clear vision for your case and your defense.

    Most cases have either procedural or substantive defenses, and many cases have both. Procedural defenses include things like an unlawful arrest or an invalid search warrant. Substantive defenses could be affirmative defenses, such as self defense in an assault, or a lack of evidence.

    A criminal lawyer is an attorney and counsellor at law. Attorneys stand up for defendants in court. An effective defense usually hinges on thorough preparation. A lawyer is also a counsellor. That means your attorney should give you solid legal advice.

    Absolutely. There is a difference between morally guilty and legally guilty. Many people are morally guilty but not legally guilty. The state cannot prove all elements of the crime, beyond a reasonable doubt. Additionally, Constitutional rights apply to all people, whether they are “good” or “bad” people.

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    Mandy Lamberger
    Mandy Lamberger
    13:46 15 Apr 21
    Thank you Kyle, for being kind, non judgmental and being a great guide through such unknown waters.
    T Cook
    T Cook
    19:31 14 Apr 21
    Gerald MillerMr. Miller helped with me a DWI He provided excellent advice, direction, very responsive, and professional I would not hesitate to hire Gerald Miller or his team in the future
    Eric SaintMartin
    Eric SaintMartin
    19:11 14 Apr 21
    Cody Wright and his team were nothing short professional in their dealing with my case from the first day. They returned every text, call and email promptly and completely. Every step along the long case was explained clearly and simply. Thank you Cody and Paula. You made an uncomfortable situation easy and successful.
    Teresa Bates
    Teresa Bates
    17:59 13 Apr 21
    I spoke with Gerald Miller and he was beyond helpful. He went above and beyond to do research on my case, and he did it all without asking me for a dime. i am very grateful for the time he took with me. A real class act!!!
    Kassandra Deml
    Kassandra Deml
    00:34 12 Apr 21
    I enjoyed working with Kyle. I felt supported, personally, the entire time. I was hesitant to get a lawyer, but I’m so grateful I did! I couldn’t have had such a fantastic outcome without Kyle. Definitely worth the investment!
    Gary Jacob
    Gary Jacob
    13:56 30 Mar 21
    Gerrry Miller helped a family member more than once through a difficult situation. Gerald knowledge and dedication to his clients is second to none. During a difficult and stressful time for my family he was able to ease both his and our grief. Gerry is not only devoted to getting you the very best results in your case but he genuinely cares about you as a person. He truly goes above and beyond from beginning to end for you. I highly recommend Gerald Miller and his team.

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    Proven Lawyers, Proven Results

    Case Results

    State V. A.D.

    County: Hennepin
    Original Charge: (F) 2nd Degree Burglary, Felony Theft
    Test Result: None
    Priors: None
    Final Disposition: STAY OF IMPOSITION* on 2nd Degree Burglary, Felony Theft Dismissed

    Sentence Imposed: This was a very serious charge, carrying a very serious term of jail for the client if convicted....

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    State V. A.S.

    County: Washington (StillwateR)
    Original Charge: (GM) 3rd Degree DWI (Minor Child in the Vehicle)
    Test Result: 12
    Priors: None
    Final Disposition: 12

    Sentence Imposed: We were able to secure a sentence which included no executed jail, and a $300.00 Fine.

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    State V. A.T.

    County: Scott
    Original Charge: (GM) 2nd Degree DWI (3 Minor Children in the Vehicle)
    Test Result: 057
    Priors: 2
    Final Disposition: (PM) Careless Driving

    Sentence Imposed: We were able to negotiate the Client’s Gross Misdemeanor charge down to a Petty Misdemeanor, which does not...

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    Is Robbery a Felony in Minneapolis and Minnesota?

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    The criminal charge of robbery differs substantially from most theft offenses. A conviction requires

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    How to Beat a Domestic Violence Charge in Minneapolis

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