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Criminal Law

Criminal Defense Trial Attorney in Minneapolis Helps People Get a Second Chance

Defending clients against charges of theft, fraud and sex crimes

At Jeff T. Ohara, Attorney at Law, PC, we understand that when you are accused of a crime, you need help. The process can be confusing. For instance, how do you know whether the police followed procedures correctly? We protect the rights of those charged with criminal offenses ranging from misdemeanors to the most serious felonies. As a client of our firm, you can rest assured we listen carefully to you and work to get you the best possible outcome. We also provide you with a straightforward assessment to keep your expectations realistic.

Penalties vary depending on the severity of crime. Crimes can be categorized into either a misdemeanor or a felony. A misdemeanor is a lesser offense and a conviction can lead to jail time, a fine and other penalties. A felony conviction can lead to prison time, and depending upon the crime, to a life sentence.

We can help you understand the difference between any misdemeanor, such as theft, and felony charges, such as rape, levied against you and their potential penalties.

For a conviction to be made, the prosecution has to prove you were the person who committed the crime beyond a reasonable doubt. We examine the evidence and advise you on your next steps. The decision on how to move ahead, however, is always yours.

Defending clients in cases of theft

Theft crimes include a wide range of criminal actions that include robbery, shoplifting, identity theft, auto theft, fraud and embezzlement. Depending on the circumstances, your charges may be dictated by either state or federal law and could be classified as either a misdemeanor or a felony. We understand that times are tough and that economic need could lead to some dire outcomes. A seasoned Minneapolis criminal defense attorney can help you lower charges and penalties.

Defending clients in cases of murder, assault, homicide and manslaughter

Intent to kill or injure another person is an integral component to the severity of charges and their penalties in cases of murder, assault, homicide and manslaughter. Assault and battery and aggravated assault are misdemeanors while other types of assault -- intent to maim, intent to do great bodily harm, intent to commit murder and intent to rob and steal -- are felonies. A conviction for domestic violence crimes can carry harsher penalties than other assault crimes and can affect immigration status.

Defending clients in cases of guns and weapons charges

Guns and weapons charges include carrying a concealed weapon, carrying a dangerous weapon with unlawful intent, possession of firearms on certain premises and possession of illegal weapons. State and federal prosecutors take guns and weapons crimes seriously, and if convicted, you face serious consequences. Let an experienced Minneapolis criminal trial lawyer like Jeff T. Ohara handle your defense.

Defending clients in cases of fraud and white collar crime

White collar crime is a wide-ranging group of crimes that includes embezzlement, money laundering, racketeering, identity theft, credit card theft, mail and wire fraud, smuggling, counterfeiting and Medicare and insurance fraud. If you suspect you're under investigation, there is no time to waste. Contact Minneapolis criminal defense lawyer Jeff T. Ohara, Attorney at Law for immediate assistance and to ensure that all warrants and procedures of federal investigations adhere to Minnesota and federal law.

Defending clients in cases of cyber and computer crimes

We represent clients in a number of cyber and computer crimes, including fraud, identity theft, credit card fraud, Internet pornography, sexual solicitation, and human trafficking. We also handle cases in a growing specialized area of the law that involves crimes against computers such as unauthorized access, data interference (deleting, altering or suppressing computer data) and system interference (interfering with the function of a computer or network). We reach out to computer forensics experts to evaluate the evidence against and to prepare your case.

Defending clients in cases of sex crimes

Indecent exposure, prostitution, rape, sexual assault, sexual abuse, child sexual abuse and Internet pornography are examples of sex crimes and can be classified as misdemeanors or felonies depending on the specific crime and its circumstances. If you are convicted, penalties can change your life and that of your family members. However, false allegations can be made and reports may not be substantiated. Our criminal defense firm can help you keep your reputation safe.

Defending clients in cases of Internet pornography

Downloading child pornography from the Internet can be a state or federal felony. Other charges may include possession of pornography and any Internet sex crime involving children. We examine the evidence against you and reach out to Internet experts when necessary to fully investigate and defend allegations against you. We have successfully defended many clients wrongfully accused.

Helping you clear your criminal record

If you are a first-time offender, you can file an application to purge your criminal record. Expungement can work in your favor when applying for a new job, a new place to live, or an educational program at a college or university.

Contact a Minneapolis criminal defense attorney to schedule your free initial consultation

Let a skilled criminal defense lawyer with more than 20 years of experience help you fully understand the charges against you and your courses of action. Call Jeff T. Ohara, Attorney at Law, PC in Minneapolis at (612) 605-6020 or contact us online to get the respect you deserve.