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Misdemeanors in Minneapollis


Although misdemeanors are considered lesser criminal acts than felonies, they still have a serious impact on everyday life. A misdemeanor in Minneapollis results in a criminal record that can affect future employment, loans, and housing.

Misdemeanors are typically handled in local district court and are punishable by a set fine and less than one year of jail time. Punishment may also include alternative sentencing such as community service, counseling, or probation.

Offenses considered Minneapolis misdemeanors

Some examples of Minneapolis misdemeanors include the following:

  • Petty theft and shoplifting
  • Property theft
  • Disorderly conduct
  • Traffic violations such as driving without a license or with a suspended license
  • Driving under the influence (DUI)
  • Drug Possession
  • Assault and battery
  • Domestic violence
  • Vandalism
  • Trespassing
  • Public intoxication
  • Prostitution

Consequences of a misdemeanor in Minneapollis

Sentencing for misdemeanor crimes in Minnesota varies. Each situation is different and dependent on a variety of factors. More often than not, sentencing is at the discretion of the judge who bases the decision on information submitted by the defense and prosecution. The criminal history and recent conduct of the defendant is also taken into consideration. Having a strong Minneapolis misdemeanor defense team is important.

Generally speaking there are three levels of sentencing for misdemeanor crimes in Minnesota.

  • Local ordinance violation—These are the least serious offenses, punishable by a maximum $500 fine and no more than 93 days in county jail. Most first offenses fall into this category including first time drunk driving offenses or petty theft.
  • State law violation—Sentencing guidelines are basically the same for both state and local misdemeanor charges. The only difference is that state violations are handled by the County Prosecutor’s office.
  • One-year misdemeanors—Applies to violations of state law and all second offenses such as multiple charges for driving with a suspended license. These offenses are punishable by no more than one year in county jail and a fine not to exceed $1000.

If a third misdemeanor offense is committed, it may be elevated to a felony classification. This is why it is important to hire a qualified misdemeanor attorney in Minneapollis who will work hard to lessen your sentence. Most defendants who have a knowledgeable and well-practiced misdemeanor attorney at their side are able to increase the chances of avoiding jail time and obtaining a successful outcome.

Contact us for help when you face a Minneapolis misdemeanor charge

For over 20 years, the Minneapolis misdemeanor attorneys at The Law Office of Jeff T. Ohara have been dedicated to protecting the rights of individuals arrested for criminal offenses. To schedule a free consultation, contact our Minneapolis law firm today.



The Law Office of Jeffrey O'Hara
860 Blue Gentian Rd Suite 200
161 Ottawa Avenue NW
Minneapollis, Minnesota 49503

(612) 605-6020



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Jeff T. Ohara is located in Minneapollis, MI and serves clients in and around Minneapollis, Grandville, Byron Center, Comstock Park, Ada, Jenison, Belmont, Marne, Caledonia, Cannonsburg, Lamont, Jamestown, Rockford, Sparta, Lowell, Allendale, Conklin, Alto, Moline, Hudsonville, Zeeland, Allegan County, Kent County, Muskegon County, Ottawa County.

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