Today, Keller Law Offices won another case when we convinced the Judge to dismiss criminal sexual conduct charges in a sex crimes case in Rice County. As many citizens have found out, charges of criminal sexual conduct charges or sex crimes bring with them many other consequences other than criminal punishment. Besides the “direct” consequences of years in prison and large fines, Minnesota sex crimes also carry “indirect” or “collateral consequences” such as sex offender registration or “conditional release” which means that someone’s parole time after release from prison is extended by many years.
In a Rice County case, Minnesota criminal defense attorney Max Keller convinced the Assistant Rice County Attorney to dismiss the charges against his client. Mr. Keller convinced the prosecutor to dismiss the charges against his client, before trial, due to the State’s weak case. Not only did the State have a weak case, but it was full of hearsay. In addition, witnesses’ descriptions failed to actually constitute a crime. And, the witnesses’ description failed to match the client’s appearance. In spite of all these problems with the State’s case, it took multiple conversations, phone calls, emails, and court appearances to convince the State to dismiss the case against Mr. Keller’s client. Needless to say, Mr. Keller’s client was extremely happy with the dismissal of all charges against him.
In order to win cases like this, skilled criminal defense attorneys like Max Keller must pay careful attention to the details of the case, and actually listen to their clients, who can help gather key evidence before it is lost. In addition, experienced defense attorneys know the Judges and Prosecutors and know what arguments will convince them, and what arguments will not work, to achieve the dismissal of a serious felony case.
When your liberty is at stake, and years in prison, thousands of dollars of fine, and sex offender registration can result from a conviction, you must choose a criminal defense carefully.