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Meet Our Minneapolis Sex Crimes Defense Lawyers

Three Attorneys, One Powerful Law Firm


Attorney Kyle Dreger

Kyle Dreger

Minneapolis Sex Crimes Defense Lawyer


Attorney Gerald Miller

Gerald Miller

Minneapolis Sex Crimes Defense Lawyer


Attorney Cody Wright

Cody Wright

Minneapolis Sex Crimes Defense Lawyer


Ronnie Santana

Ronnie Santana

Minneapolis Sex Crimes Defense Lawyer

Why Trust Gerald Miller Law Firm


  • 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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    How Minneapolis Sex Crimes Defense Attorneys Can Serve You

    Criminal Sexual Conduct

    Possession of Pornography

    Online Sex Crimes

    Sex Offender Registration

    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. In fact, the collateral consequences are often worse than the direct consequences.

    At Gerald Miller, P.A., our team of legal and investigative professionals starts work quickly to prepare your defense. Sex crimes prosecutions are long chains with many links. If one link is weak, that’s enough for a powerful lawyer to break the chain.

    Sex Crimes Defense Charges in Minneapolis

    Criminal Sexual Conduct

    It is important to remember that sex crimes are not assault. When a sex crime is involved, you should hire a Minneapolis Sex Crimes Defense Lawyer rather than an Assault Lawyers In Minneapolis.

    Essentially, CSC is an unconsented sexual act. “Consent” is a voluntary, affirmative act. Depending on the facts of the case, Hennepin County prosecutors can bring one of the following charges:

    • Fifth Degree CSC is lewd conduct with no sexual penetration,
    • Fourth Degree CSC is a sex act which involves an underage or other vulnerable victim,
    • Third Degree CSC is sexual penetration with some aggravating facts,
    • Second Degree CSC is extreme sexual violence which does not involve penetration, and
    • First Degree CSC is the most serious charge.

    Incidentally, with regard to statutory rape, Minnesota does not have a “Romeo and Juliet” exception. If two 15-year-olds have consensual sex, they could both be prosecuted for CSC.

    Consent, or lack thereof, is the central issue in many of these cases. Physical evidence establishes violence, but only circumstantial evidence establishes lack of consent. And, this evidence is vulnerable. For example, consent to prior acts does not establish consent to the charged offense, but it might be enough to create reasonable doubt.

    Uncertain identification is another common defense. Frequently, the area was dark and the alleged victim only caught a glimpse of the assailant.

    Possession of Pornography

    Experience has taught our Minneapolis Sex Crimes Defense Lawyers that Child pornography is the most common kind of illegal pornography. The image at issue could be a random internet photograph or something from an underground publication.

    All possession cases, such as drug and pornography possession matters, usually involve search and seizure issues. These acts are illegal unless officers had a valid search warrant or a narrow search warrant exception applied.

    Valid warrants are specific as to time, place, and items to be seized. Valid warrants also require solid affidavits. Common warrant exceptions include consent searches and plain view seizures.

    Online Sex Crimes

    Most internet sex crimes are a combination of CSC offenses and pornography infractions. It is not against the law to talk to an underage person or even arrange a meeting. However, it is unlawful to take additional steps toward meeting. Our Minneapolis Sex Crimes Defense Lawyers know that Minnesota courts define this part of the offense very broadly. It could even include leaving the house to meet the person.

    In terms of pornography, possession is not the only possible problem. It is also illegal to ask an underage person for an explicit photograph. Such conduct constitutes the production of illegal pornography.

    The entrapment defense sometimes applies in these cases. Police officers can pose as underage girls and perhaps even lie about their identities. But, they cannot entice people to commit crimes.

    Sex Offender Registration

    All sex offenders, including misdemeanor indecent exposure offenders, must register for a minimum of ten years. In Minnesota, there are three different levels of sex offender registration.

    Level I low-risk offenders must register, but only law enforcement officers and a few other individuals can access the information. The information for Level II medium-risk offenders is publicly available. At-risk organizations, such as nearby daycares, receive a special notification. Level III high-risk public information release usually involves a town hall meeting or another very public forum.

    Minneapolis Sex Crimes Defense Attorneys have two chances to reduce an offender’s risk level. A review board makes an initial determination, and a judge can reduce the risk level at a subsequent modification hearing.

    Sex Crimes Defense FAQs

    Any infraction with any sexual overtones, from the most innocent indecent exposure incident to the most violent sexual assault, is a sex crime in Minnesota. Furthermore, the registration requirement depends on the risk of re-offense as opposed to the facts of the case. So, an indecent exposure conviction could mean Level III registration.
    Sexting is not a crime, but it is evidence of a crime. If a defendant sexted with an underage person and then took steps to meet that person, a jury can put two and two together.
    Although it is usually a misdemeanor, indecent exposure is always a sex crime. “Gross lewdness or lascivious behavior, or any public indecency” is an ordinary misdemeanor. If such conduct occurred in the presence of a minor under 16, like in a park, or the defendant had a prior conviction, the offense is a gross misdemeanor. Indecent exposure is a felony if the defendant used force to compel someone to watch.
    No, although such behavior could be considered disorderly conduct (any “offensive, obscene, abusive, boisterous, or noisy” behavior). Public urination could be indecent exposure depending on if there are people around, and depending on where it is happening. But it would not require someone to register as a sex offender.
    Fourth degree Criminal Sexual Conduct (statutory rape) and possession of illegal pornography are the most common state infractions. These and other internet sex crimes can also be federal offenses.

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    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.
    Tom Flavin
    Tom Flavin
    00:54 19 Mar 21
    So, you are possibly reading this review because you, or someone you know, were stopped by the police and received a citation for a DUI or something similar. Now you know you need a lawyer and are dreading the entire process of finding the right attorney. You wonder if one attorney is any better than another? Should you “shop around” for the best deal? And how do you know you have the best deal and the right attorney?Based upon personal experience through a close family member I can unequivocable tell you that YES, you should shop around for the best deal – with one major caveat. THE BEST DEAL IS NOT NECESSARILY THE BEST PRICE. Let me repeat that, I can promise you; the best price is NOT the best deal. The “best deal” is getting the best lawyer to handle your particular situation. Like it or not, the infraction that you are accused of is a major deal and can lead to serious financial, workplace, and social difficulties. While going through this entire process, we learned that having a lawyer that not only specializes in DUI (or similar issues) but has also racked up YEARS of experience in this field gave us the best chances for a better than anticipated outcome. Gerald Miller is that lawyer. It is almost unbelievable how much time he and his team will devote to understanding you and your situation. Each court in the various jurisdictions in our metro area all have their slightly different idiosyncrasies. Gerald Miller and his team know these courts, their systems, their processes and the personalities within each of these jurisdictions and will use their knowledge to gain the best possible outcome for you.Sometimes you have to realize that once the damage is done (your DUI) your best course of action is to not exacerbate the situation by not having the right representation. Do yourself a favor, have a conversation with Gerald Miller and his team, you will be thankful that you did.
    Thomas Taylor
    Thomas Taylor
    03:15 17 Mar 21
    I have known Gerry since before he became a lawyer. He has always been a person of integrity and that shows in the way he practices law. Before I ever needed his services, I recommended him to anyone who had a need for an attorney. No one was ever disappointed. Then one day I found my self in need of legal expertise. Gerry was there, not only as a friend, but, also as a professional. Should you find yourself in need of an attorney I give you my personal recommendation. Call Gerry! You will not be disappointed.
    Rob Buntz
    Rob Buntz
    00:34 13 Mar 21
    Gerald helped a family member through a difficult situation. Gerald, we cannot thank you enough for everything you did to work to a positive outcome. Gerald is an incredibly hard working and talented attorney. He 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. He always makes himself available day and night to discuss and explain the details of your case or to just give a positive and comforting word. He delivers on every promise he makes. Our situation could not have gone any better. I highly recommend Gerald Miller and his team.
    Sam Hanson
    Sam Hanson
    07:48 08 Mar 21
    Spoke with Mr Miller about my case. He was able to walk me through every aspect and what my option were without even charging me for the consultation. He was extremely helpful and generally wanted to help me. I would recommend him to anyone who needed representation.

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