If someone is harassing you, it is possible to get a "no contact order" that prohibits that person from contacting you or being near you. There are a number of different types of "no contact orders" that a Court can issue. One type is called a Harassment Restra
Swenson Lervick attorney and Alexandria Assistant City Attorney Greg Donahue (above) has won the appeal of an assault conviction he obtained following a jury trial in Douglas County, Minnesota District Court. Affirming the conviction, the Minnesota Court of Appeals rejected the defendant's attempt to apply the "castle doctrine" to the common area of the jail where he was incarcerated.
Swenson Lervick is happy to have helped bring the Minnesota Supreme Court to Alexandria. The Court was in town on October 4 and 5 as a part of its outreach program designed to not only give students a close look at how the Court works but also to give them a chance to observe the oral arguments in a real case (State of Minnesota v. Heinonen).
Criminal charges are categorized by the severity of the penalty. In Minnesota, there are four levels of criminal charges: petty misdemeanors, misdemeanors, gross misdemeanors, and felonies. The least severe offense is called a petty misdemeanor. An example of this is a simple speeding ticket. The maximum penalty that could be imposed for a petty misdemeanor offense is a $300 fine. A misdemeanor offense is more serious than a petty misdemeanor. An example of a misdemeanor is disorderly conduct. The maximum penalty that could be imposed for a misdemeanor offense is 90 days in jail and/or a $1,000 fine. A gross misdemeanor offense is more serious than a misdemeanor offense. An example of a gross misdemeanor is a second or third DWI offense within a ten year period of time. The maximum penalty for a gross misdemeanor is 1 year in jail and/or a $3,000 fine. The most serious criminal offense is a felony. An example of a felony would be a theft of a motor vehicle, a sexual assault, or murder. A felony is any crime for which a sentence of imprisonment for more than one year may be imposed. The legal system is complex. If you need help navigating your legal situation, the lawyers at Swenson Lervick can help. They are knowledgeable, experienced, and ready to fight for your rights. Stop in or call Greg Donahue at (320) 763-3141.