Domestic assault charges were filed against Myron Wieland in Brown County, Minnesota. Wieland is a police chief in New Ulm and just plead guilty to a disorderly conduct charge that stemmed from domestic violence against his wife. It stemmed from an argument over money with his wife. His wife told police that he threw her against a wall, grabbed her neck and threw her on the bed. He has worked for the New Ulm police department for 28 years. His sentence includes serving one year of probation and a $300 fine.
If you have been charged or arrested for disorderly conduct, do not make any statements and contact a criminal defense lawyer. Any statements made to police can be used against you and may be detrimental to the case. Disorderly conduct is a misdemeanor which means that Wieland could have get up to 90 days in jail and/or a $1000 fine. You can be charged with disorderly conduct for causing someone else to be alarmed or resentful and by knowing or have reasonable grounds to know that the action would alarm another. The statute includes terminology such as “brawling or fighting”, “ disturbing an assembly or meeting in an unlawful way”, and “engaging in offensive, obscene, abusive, boisterous or noisy conduct, and engaging in obscene language.” Depending on your criminal history, it is possible to keep this from going on your record. Contact a St. Paul criminal defense attorney to discuss your options and to come up with a strategy on how to attack your case. It may be possible to get a continuance for dismissal or a stay of adjudication on a charge like this. Get an attorney to review that evidence and do not appear in court without a lawyer!
What about my gun rights (Lautenberg Amendment)?
If you have a high profile job or any job at all, disorderly conduct or domestic assault may become an issue with employment. Specifically, if Weiland had been convicted of domestic assault, he would have been banned from any access to firearms permanently. The amendment is a federal law which trumps any state law. Because he is an officer, he would have therefore likely lost his job. The domestic violence offender gun ban is also known as the Lautenberg Amendment. An expungement will not restore your rights to have firearms. If the conviction has been pardoned, the firearms ban may be restored after if certain documents and procedures are followed. This will also effect anyone currently in the military or hoping to join the military in the future.
If you have been charged with a crime as a result of domestic assault or disorderly conduct, contact Keller Law Offices immediately. Keller Law Offices has two criminal defense attorneys. A criminal defense attorney will be able to fight the charges against you. The criminal defense attorneys have handled many disorderly conduct and domestic assault cases in the past. Call 952-913-1421 for a free consultation. Keller Law Offices is located downtown Minneapolis, MN and offer payment plans in most cases. Keller Law Offices will take the charges seriously and are ready to take the case to trial if needed.
If you are a police officer and need a weapon for work or if you are in the military and have a domestic assault charge pending, call Max Keller or Lexie Stein immediately. Do not let the charges effect your employment!