Criminal Vehicular Operation or Homicide: Texting While Driving

In a recent survey reported in the Star Tribune newspaper, at least half of all teens surveyed said that they text while driving.  We all know that teenage drivers are not the safest, because, for among others reasons, they are reckless, inexperienced, and believe they are invincible and can live forever.  To put an exclamation point on the problem, a Massachusetts teenager 18 years old was just sentenced to one year in prison for texting while driving causing the death of another driver.  Under Minnesota law, that is a felony called Criminal Vehicular Operation (Homicide). And unfortunately, most of us are guilty of texting while driving, we just haven’t hurt or killed anyone (yet).  If you OR someone you know has been charged with a crime for Minnesota distracted driving, like Criminal Vehicular Operation or Criminal Vehicular Homicide, or DWI, or texting while driving, then you need a Tough, Experienced Minnesota Criminal Defense and Distracted Driving Attorney to keep you out of Jail now.

  In Minnesota, the presumptive sentence under the Minnesota felony Sentencing Guidelines is 48 months (4 years) for Criminal Vehicular Operation Homicide, killing someone while committing a DWI or otherwise grossly negligent driving, like the accusations against Amy Senser. Many defenses are available under the law, however, and can be utilized by a skilled criminal defense attorney. Among these defenses are the following: the person did not commit a DWI, the accused driver–even if intoxicated–did not cause the accident, the alleged victim was negligent, or the accused driver’s driving behavior, even if mistaken or negligent, does not rise to the level of Gross Negligence required for a conviction and prison sentence.

If you or someone you know has been charged with a felony-level driving crime like Minnesota Criminal Vehicular Operation or Criminal Vehicular Homicide (CVO or CVH) then you need to call a tough, experienced, skilled attorney ASAP.

Max Keller has won countless jury trial cases involving misdemeanors and felonies, sex crimes, and DWI’s. He is a member of the Minnesota Society for Criminal Justice, which only allows the top 50 criminal defense attorneys in the state as members. Max is a frequent speaker at CLE’s and is often asked for advice by other defense attorneys across Minnesota.

Years of Experience: Approx. 20 years
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What to Do If You Have Been Charged with a Criminal Offense

One of the questions people facing a criminal charge ask is: How long does a criminal case take? The timeline of your criminal case in Minnesota will depend on the nature and severity of the alleged crime, the speed of the criminal justice system, the duration of the trial, and whether an appeal will be necessary. Delays at any stage of the criminal justice process may impact how long your criminal case will last. Generally, however, misdemeanor cases may resolve within weeks or months, while felony cases may linger in courts for up to a year.
People accused, arrested, or charged with a crime often ask, “How much does a criminal defense lawyer cost in Minneapolis, MN?” It is difficult to accurately determine how much a criminal defense lawyer will cost. The reason is that numerous factors impact the cost of legal representation in criminal matters. These factors include the type and severity of criminal charges, the lawyer’s experience and reputation, required time and effort, and geographical location.
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