What does a Minnesota Felony Mean?

What does it means to have a felony in Minnesota:
A Minnesota felony means that a crime is punishable by at least one year and one day in prison. Many crimes carry the weight of a Minnesota felony. Some common Minnesota felony crimes include: criminal sexual conduct, driving while impaired (four DWI’s in ten years), theft of $1,000.00 or more, murder, and drug possession. Some Minnesota felonies also carry a life in prison sentence.
What are the collateral consequences of a felony?
Many individuals do not realize that once convicted of a Minnesota felony, it becomes difficult to obtain employment and housing. Many employers will look to see if you have a felony conviction on your record during the hiring process. If convicted of a felony you will also no longer be able to possess or carry a firearm, be able vote, or serve on a jury. Individuals who are here on visas such as work visas or a temporary protected status visa will also have a difficult time getting their visa renewed once convicted of a felony. Additionally, when applying for citizenship or a green card, a felony conviction will create a hardship and will delay your proceedings and your application may be denied.
It may be possible to get your sentence stayed which means that if you successfully complete probation, you will not be sent to prison. It is also possible to get a stay of adjudication which means that your charge will be dismissed upon completion of successful probation. However, if you violate probation, your sentence at that point will be executed. Do not be quick to plead guilty to a felony. Consider all the consequences that accompany a conviction. Hire an experienced Minnesota Felony Criminal Defense Attorney to try to keep a Minnesota Felony off your record. Keller Criminal Defense Attorneys offers a free consultation and has been successful in getting felonies dismissed. Call (952) 913-1421 as soon possible if you have been charged with a felony in Minnesota.

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
Minnesota Registration Status: Active
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What to Do If You Have Been Charged with a Criminal Offense

Confidential informants may provide integral information to help build criminal investigations, but how reliable is that information when they are receiving payment for their services? To protect them, state law requires the identity of informants be kept confidential. For those facing criminal charges, however, this creates challenges in questioning the accuracy and validity of the information given at trial.
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.