Fugitive chase in Minneapolis ends with capture

A conviction for a criminal act in Minneapolis does not always mean that a person is going to spend time behind bars. The presiding judge often has several penalty options to choose from, depending on the type, and severity, of the crime committed. These penalties may include house arrest, probation, incarceration, the payment of fines and even participation in a treatment program. If people do not abide by the terms of their sentence, they can find themselves dealing with more serious felony charges and facing stiffer penalties.

Violation of release

A man from New Ulm is likely in this situation after violating his release terms. Instead of remaining in a treatment program on a $25,000 unsecured bond, the man allegedly took off. The man is in custody after engaging with law enforcement in a mobile chase through part of Minneapolis. The chase ended when local officers and deputies from the U.S. Marshals Service caught him.

The chase began when the man was seen, although it is unclear who spotted him or whether law enforcement was waiting for him to appear. Reports indicate he allegedly tried to elude the officers in his vehicle. During the chase, one witness claims a deputy marshal fired shots at the man’s vehicle as it approached a roadblock. Authorities would not confirm this report. As the man was trying to escape from officers, he reportedly avoided a collision with a bus and sideswiped parked cars in his path.

Prohibited gun possession

Prior to the man’s residency in the treatment program, he had been in trouble with law enforcement on several occasions; his prior offenses include assault and burglary. His latest trouble arose over gun possession. This generated a federal weapons charge for being an armed career criminal in possession of a firearm.

According to Minnesota statute, people convicted of crimes are prohibited from owning a firearm. The length of prohibition is determined by the type of crime committed. These rules involve the following guidelines:

  • Violent crimes, such as robbery, assault, murder, kidnapping and sexual crimes: at least ten years past the date that they fulfilled their sentence or had their civil rights restored.
  • Non-violent felonies with more than one year incarceration: until civil rights are restored.
  • Domestic assault protection orders: three years beyond conviction, unless the person has been convicted of other crimes.
  • Drug offenses: two years and with proof that there has been no drug usage
  • Repeat assaults: three years from previous assault conviction

In some extreme cases, such as a person using a firearm while harassing or stalking another person, it may be decided that the person is banned from owning or possessing a firearm for life. Any violation of these laws can result in further criminal charges being filed.

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.

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What to Do If You Have Been Charged with a Criminal Offense

Stay calm and compose after getting accused of a crime but not charged in Minneapolis, MN. Do not discuss the facts of your case with anyone, including your relatives and family members. Hire a criminal defense attorney with a demonstrated record of winning cases like yours. Your attorney will discuss your rights, guide you on how to cooperate with law enforcement within the legal boundaries, and build a solid defense strategy to fight the charges you could face in the future.
Expungement and sealing of records in Minnesota affect how your criminal history appears to government agencies and the public. The main difference between the two legal actions is that expungement permanently removes past arrests, criminal charges, or convictions from private and public databases, while sealing hides the criminal record from the public. Courts, government entities, and law enforcement agencies can access sealed criminal records.
Minnesota recently passed a public safety bill that brings sweeping changes to the state’s juvenile justice system. While minors sometimes run afoul of the law, the juvenile justice system seeks to account for the differences between children and adults. Therefore, while the penalties for adults convicted of crimes focus on punishment, those for juveniles are aimed at diversion and restorative practices.