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Felony charges are the most serious charges in Minnesota's criminal law system.  There are a number of things that go into determining whether or not a crime constitutes a felony, such as the seriousness of the offense, whether or not the suspect has any prior convictions, and the age of any victims.  

Felony charges in Minnesota can carry a wide array of potential punishments.  Jail sentences can range anywhere from 1 year and 1 day to life without parole.  Fines can rise as high as multiple 10's of thousands of dollars.  Probation terms can extend for a couple of years or for decades.  

Felony convictions can keep you from getting accepted to college, graduate school, or professional programs.  They can keep you from getting a job.  They can keep you from being allowed to rent an apartment.  The consequences of a felony conviction in MN extend far beyond the punishment handed down by the court.  

If you have been charged with a felony or are currently the subject of a felony investigation, obtaining quality legal counsel is of the utmost importance.  Call or email an attorney with The Law Office of Brodie Hacken today to ensure that you are taken care of in this trying time.


Misdemeanors are the most common category of criminal charge.  They cover a wide array of offense, from simple trespassing to assault.  

Misdemeanors have lower maximum penalties than either gross misdemeanors or felonies.  Most misdemeanor charges can carry with them a maximum jail sentence of 90 days, a maximum fine of $1000, probation, and possibly restitution to the victim of the alleged crime.

While many people think that misdemeanors are not a serious issue, that couldn't be further from the truth.  While the penalties are not as severe, and first offenders are extremely unlikely to serve any jail time, there can be other underlying consequences that can prove rather severe.

Even misdemeanor convictions can cause you to have trouble getting a new job or keeping your current one.  If you work in an industry such as health care or finance, any criminal conviction can be a huge blow to your career prospects.  Other areas such as transportation and education can carry similarly harsh consequences.  

If you have been charged with a misdemeanor or are the subject of a misdemeanor investigation, now is the time to speak with an attorney about your situation.  We here at The Law Office of Brodie Hacken are here to help.  Call or email an attorney with The Law Office of Brodie Hacken today for your free consultation.

Gross Misdemeanor

Gross misdemeanors are less common and less understood than misdemeanors or felonies, but are something that need to be taken very seriously.  A gross misdemeanor charge is usually a misdemeanor that has some kind of aggravating factor, be it previous convictions or enhanced severity of the crime.  

The most common gross misdemeanor that are really enhanced misdemeanor crimes are domestic assault and severe traffic violations such as driving without a license.

There are some crimes which are "per se" gross misdemeanors, meaning that there need not be any aggravating elements to make the crime a gross misdemeanor.  The most common of these crimes are selling alcohol to a minor, stalking, and giving a false name to a police officer.

Penalties for gross misdemeanors are, predictably, more severe than misdemeanors, but less severe than felonies. Maximum jail time for a gross misdemeanor conviction is 1 year.  The maximum fine is $3000.  Like with felonies and misdemeanors, there can be significant consequences aside from these court imposed penalties, such as issues finding work, housing, and schooling, that can result from a conviction of a gross misdemeanor.

If you have been charged with or are being investigated for a gross misdemeanor, it is important to speak with a qualified Minnesota Criminal Defense Attorney immediately.  Call or email an attorney with The Law Office of Brodie Hacken today for your free consultation.