Wednesday, January 28, 2015

City of St. Paul Prostitution Arrests


If you are charged with solicitation of a prostitute ... not only is it a humiliating experience - one that can be devastating to your reputation and family relationships ... it can also lead to large fines and possible jail consequences.   

While the penalty for soliciting prostitution in MN can vary greatly depending on the circumstances, even simple solicitation charges deserve the attention of an experienced Minnesota Criminal Defense Lawyer.  


Prostitution and Minnesota's Laws

Under typical most circumstances, the criminal penalties for solicitation and prostitution are not as severe as other sex crimes - ie., rape/molestation. 


Most often, a first-time solicitation is treated as a a misdemeanor carrying a maximum jail sentence of 90 days and a fine of $1000. (There are also mandatory minimum fines - ranging from $500 and $1500.)  Subsequent charges can be deemed a gross misdemeanor and lead to up to a year in jail and a $3000 fine.  These are the typical sentences.  

That being said ... most resolutions of these cases are not TYPICAL.  Because for some people ...  there are consequences that can be felt outside for court.  As an example, if you are here on non-immigrant visas such as an H1-B work visa, or are here illegally, the consequences of a criminal conviction you might risk the revocation of your visa and possible deportation. 

With so much on the line, it is important to contact an attorney immediately to defend you.

What is There to Fight?

Prostitution arrests frequently involve undercover operations - ie., "stings.".  To me, this raises certain issues that an attorney for solicitation of a prostitute is best equipped to address. If we can convince a judge to find that the police violated your constitutional rights in the process of an investigation, a dismissal of the charges might be warranted.
 


The Rolloff Law Office can help you  effectively defend your case. Call today to set-up a FREE CONSULTATION: (612) 234-1165.

Hiring a Minnesota Criminal Defense Attorney - Part II (Explained)


If you believe you need an experienced Minnesota Criminal Defense Attorney to help you or your loved one, be smart about your decision. After reading this ... you may also want to consider the following:

Trust Your Gut

If you aren't comfortable with the Minnesota Criminal Defense Lawyer that you've consulted with try a different office. Believe it or not: you do not have any obligation to hire a lawyer merely because you met with him or her. If your lawyer is promising you that your case is easy, or makes promises that you won't go to jail, speak to other lawyers before signing a retainer agreement - some lawyers misrepresent the gravity of the situation or the complexity of a case ... in order to entice someone into paying a huge fee, and then blame the judge or prosecutor when the promises they made don't come true.

Pay Lawyer or Public Defender?

People who are charged with serious, felony offenses, and many individuals who are charged with certain misdemeanors, may be eligible for a free lawyer - ie.,, the public defender.  This is based on an assessment of the defendant's resources to determine if the he/she will qualify for an appointment of a free lawyer. 

Some people assume that a court appointed criminal defense lawyer will offer services which are inferior to a privately retained lawyer --- this isn't always true.  Sure, some public defenders will prove to be insufficiently skilled or dedicated to their work to provide an effective defense --- but, you could find some private attorneys who are equally flawed.

One main difference ... "customer-service."  A private attorney is likely to have more time to involve themselves in your case --- able to answer your questions at any time/anywhere.




If you can hire an effective Minnesota Criminal Defense Lawyer you should not hesitate to do so. Not all lawyers are the same ... and prices vary widely.  Call the Rolloff Law Office to see if we might be able to help you: (612) 234-1165. 

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Minnesota Domestic Assault Charge - False Allegations


As a Minnesota Criminal Defense Attorney, I get loads of calls about domestic violence/assault charges.  Here is an article from the Huffington Post that sets for a number of things anybody facing allegations of this nature should consider.  

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Domestic violence is an important public health issue, and one which has been gaining increased attention in recent years on a variety of fronts, particularly with respect to professional athletes. States, of course, have various approaches for dealing with the issue, including housing and employment protections, protecting the identity of residents of domestic violence shelters, and broadening the definition of abuse.

One of the areas where states are falling short, according to experts, is in focusing on at-risk demographic groups. Different groups face different risks when it comes to domestic violence investigation. 

For instance, African American women are more likely to be killed by a partner than victims in other groups, whereas women who are unable to speak English are more likely to be unable to communicate to police officers to give an accurate version of incidents. Hispanic women are less likely to seek help from a shelter, while Native American women are more likely to be in a situation where police are unable to arrest a battering partner. Each of these unique challenges has to be met if the problem is to be adequately addressed.

As important as it is to ensure protection for those who suffer at the hands of an abusive partner, though, it is also important to remember that those accused of domestic violence have a right to defend themselves from unjust charges. Because of the nature of domestic violence investigations, it can and does sometimes happen that officers fail to gather the evidence necessary to make an accurate judgment about an incident. In some cases, those errors are not corrected and the accused face charges that don’t accurately reflect the events that took place.

Those who have been unjustly accused of domestic violence need to know that they don’t just have to succumb to the criminal process, but that they have rights. Working with an experienced Minnesota Criminal Defense Attorney can help to ensure that all the evidence is presented in their case and that they are able to take advantage of protections available to them.

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Source: Huffington Post, “When It Comes to Handling Domestic Violence Cases, States Are Still Falling Short,” Teresa Wiltz, September 22, 2014.
 
 
If you or someone you love is facing a court date, feel free to contact the Rolloff Law Office and set up a free consultation: (612) 234-1165

Sunday, January 25, 2015

What is Minnesota Gross Misdemeanor?


As an experienced Minnesota Criminal Defense Attorney, I get lots of questions.  Here's a common one:

What is a Gross Misdemeanor?

Under the laws of the State of Minnesota, a gross misdemeanor is a category of criminal offense that is punishable by a fine of up to $3,000 and/or one year in jail. 

Gross misdemeanors are considered more serious than misdemeanor offenses, but they are not as serious as felonies. If you have been charged with a gross misdemeanor, it is your right to secure the services of a highly qualified Minnesota Criminal Defense Lawyer

Although a gross misdemeanor may not seem serious, the consequences of a conviction can follow you for the rest of your life. By fighting the charges, you may be able to minimize – or in some cases, completely avoid – the consequences.

A List of Gross Misdemeanor Offenses

  • Repeat assault offenses
  • Refusal to Submit to Testing
  • Some DWI offenses (such as repeat violations or high alcohol readings)
  • Certain other traffic violations
  • Fifth Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct
  • Interference With a 911 Call
  • Prostitution and some other sex crimes. 

When you hire an experienced Minnesota criminal defense attorney, you will receive the guidance that you need throughout the legal process. The Rolloff Law Office has helped many individuals throughout Minnesota with defending against gross misdemeanor charges.  A conviction can lead to fines and jail time. The judge may also order counseling, house arrest, restitution or community service. This is in addition to the conviction that is present on your criminal record, which can be seen by potential landlords or employers, financial institutions, or anyone else who might be curious. Even a non-felony theft conviction can cause you problems in the long-term, putting your future at risk. Your attorney will help you by giving you the comprehensive legal help that you need to get the best result in your case.

Call today, for a FREE CONSULTATION: (612) 234-1165

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Roseville & Maplewood Shoplifting Attorney


If you have been charged with Shoplifting, you need an experienced Minnesota Criminal Defense Lawyer to protect your interests. There are different levels of theft offenses in the State of Minnesota, and a conviction for any type can have serious consequences on your job, schooling, and living arrangements. 

Former Prosecutor

At The Rolloff Law Office, we handle the defense of all types of crimes, including Shoplifting charges. We put to use our previous experience as prosecutors to help our clients earn the right results by giving them sound and considered legal guidance, based on over a decades worth of experience of criminal law practice. 


Theft Crimes (Explained)

In the State of Minnesota, the level of severity of a theft crime and the consequences one might suffer - if convicted depends on a number of factors.  In many instances, the key question is how the State valued the property involved. 


If you have been charged with a  theft offense, we can often get you a favorable outcome, particularly if you have no prior charges or convictions.   We can also help keep felony offenses off of your record ... by getting you into a diversion program.  



Theft crimes carry potentially serious consequences, including jail sentences an looooong probation terms, not to mention a stain on your criminal record. With so much at stake, it is crucial that you get sound guidance regarding all your legal options. Let us help you make the best decisions possible.  Call The Rolloff Law Office for a FREE CONSULTATION - today - (612) 234-1165. 

Monday, January 19, 2015

Convicted of a Minnesota DWI - Denied Entry into Canada?


If an individual is convicted of Minnesota DWI, an experienced Minnesota Drunk Driving, Criminal Defense Attorney can help fill out forms necessary to circumvent the general rule to exclude certain people from entry - click here) to submit to the Canadian government to get a waiver or “pardon” from the ban to entry in Canada.  

If you are not granted a waiver or “pardon” then you may not enter Canada for five-years after the completion of your sentence (not five-years after you were sentenced). That means five-years after you get off probation!  

You will need to bring certified copies of your court papers with you to the border to prove that you have completed all the conditions of your sentence including fines, alcohol classes, probation, etc.  A person barred from Canada because of a c criminal convictions can also apply for a Temporary Resident Permit.  

All of these forms of relief (a pardon, temporary resident permit, etc.) require high application fees and a long waiting period to see if they are approved or not.  

Given the complexity, long waiting periods, and application fees and attorneys fees involved in trying to get relief from a ban on traveling to Canada because of a DWI conviction in Minnesota or elsewhere in the U.S.,the best thing to do is to hire an experienced Minnesota DWI Defense Attorney to help you keep a criminal conviction off of your record and preserve your ability to go to Canada whenever you want.




You probably have a lot of questions --- feel free to The Rolloff Law Office (now!) to discuss your case: (612) 234-1165.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Hennepin County Disorderly Conduct (Explained)


Disorderly conduct is often referenced (and used) as a catch-all for any random, disruptive criminal activity, activity that disrupts the public peace --- and pisses-off a cop. That being said, being charged with this offense can have lasting repercussions ---- and you should get some FREE ANSWERS from an experienced Minnesota Criminal Defense Attorney.

Disorderly Conduct (Explained)

If you are charged with disorderly conduct, you could have been doing any number of things. While this crime covers many activities, it is prosecuted with targeted focus by the State of Minnesota.


You may have been in the wrong place at the wrong time or caught up with the wrong group of people. Perhaps you don’t feel you did anything wrong --- but instead are being found guilty by association. This is why you should talk to The Rolloff Law Office.
The Laws & Penalties


The offense of disorderly conduct can apply to many incidences. It is considered a misdemeanor and is thereby punishable by up to 90 days in jail and $1,000 in fines.
 
You may face charges of disorderly conduct if you:
  • Make loud or disturbing noise near residence or public buildings that causes unreasonable distress to the people occupying said building,
  • Direct abusive language or gestures at someone, knowing that those words or gestures are likely to provoke a violent reaction,
  • Disturb any lawful assembly or meeting with the intent to disturb,
  • Disrespect or defile the American flag or cause others to do the same, or
  • Obstruct a sidewalk, road, or street with the intent of preventing its lawful use by others. 


Charges like these are doled out in many circumstances and all too often because another law doesn’t apply. If you are facing this charge and you wonder what you did to deserve them, contact The Rolloff Law Office  to discuss your case today --- and what can be done to keep it off of your record.  

All criminal charges should be taken very seriously by the experienced criminal defense attorneys that handle them. I am a former prosecutor ... I know you are going through a difficult time with this case and I want to be the one to help.  Call today: (612) 234-1165