Terroristic Threats

Terroristic threats are a relatively new "in vogue" crime that we see now more than we have in the past.  Acts that can rise to the level of terroristic threats include threatening to commit a crime of violence in an effort to terrorize a specific person, making a bomb threat with the intent to terrorize another, or brandishing a replica firearm or BB gun in a manner intended to cause terror or panic in others.  

Obviously, there are a wide array of actions that could lead to being charged with terroristic threats.  Threatening to hit someone with a baseball bat would qualify.  Walking into a movie theater and screaming that there is a bomb in the theater is another.  Using a BB gun to scare someone would be another action that could lead to this charge.  It really can be used as a 'catch-all' for many different activities.

If you have been charged with this crime, you may be in luck.  There are a number of different elements that the prosecution will have to prove in order to get a conviction under this statute.  Using the example of the baseball bat threat, they will have to a) prove that you made the threat, b) prove that you had the intent to cause terror in the person you threatened, c) prove that the threat was legitimate and not an obvious joke, and d) prove that the threat actually had the effect of causing terror in the threatened party.  Other mitigating factors could be your level of intoxication and the context of the rest of the conversation.

The punishment for this crime can range anywhere from 366 days in prison to 5 years along with fines in the amount of between $3,000 and $10,000.  Clearly, this is not a charge to take lightly.  If you or a loved one have been charged with Terroristic Threats, please contact us at The Law Office of Brodie Hacken as soon as possible to get the ball rolling on your defense.

Weapons Charges

Weapons charges cover a wide array of crimes.  They can include the possession of an illegal weapon, the possession of a weapon by an ineligible person, the illegal use of a weapon, the illegal purchase of weapons, and about 50 other things that you've probably never even considered.  

Regardless of what the specific charge is, there are a few universal truths related to weapons charges.  First, they tend to carry with them mandatory sentences.  For instance, if you have been barred from possessing a firearm due to a previously committed crime, any violation of that prohibition carries with it a mandatory 60-month sentence.  Because of these mandatory sentences, it can be very difficult to negotiate a reasonable plea with the prosecution, leaving trial as your only option.  Secondly, conviction under most (if not all) weapons-related offenses will result in the cancellation of your gun rights.  You will no longer be able to possess any type of firearm.  Thirdly, you will serve some sort of jail time if convicted.  Whether that time is served as house arrest, ankle monitoring, community service, or actual jail time is up for negotiation, but you will be serving some sort of time.  There isn't a judge in the state who will consider a plea for a weapons-related offense that doesn't include some sort of jail sentence.

If you have been charged with a weapons-related crime, you need an attorney.  Your freedom, livelihood, and reputation are all in danger of being destroyed by a conviction.  Please contact us at The Law Office of Brodie Hacken as soon as you can in order to get the ball rolling on your defense.  

Violating Order for Protection

Orders for protection, or OFP's, are common place in Minnesota law.  They are usually the result of a domestic assault charge.  The courts will put an OFP in place against the alleged abuser in order to grant a level of protection and peace of mind to the alleged victim in the case.  The length of OFP's can vary depending on the specifics of each case, but they will usually run through the end of your criminal case at the very least.  It is important to understand exactly what the terms are of an OFP filed against you.  It is strongly recommended that you have a private attorney go over your OFP and explain everything thing to you in order to fully understand the situation.

Violation an OFP can have a two-fold effect on you.  First, violation of an OFP is a crime in and of itself.  If you have an OFP against you, it is likely that you are already facing some sort of assault charges.  This additional crime will only add to your issues.  Secondly, the terms of your release (assuming that you are either out on bond or on your own recognizance while awaiting trial) likely include a requirement to abide by your OFP.  If you violate it, any bail money that you paid can be forfeited to the court and you can be forced to go back to jail pending the conclusion of your case.

In order to avoid the issues involved with a violation of an OFP, it is advised that you contact an attorney (if you haven't already hired one to represent you in the domestic assault case) and have them help you figure out what your limitations are before you violate them.  If you find yourself in a situation where you don't have an attorney and you already have been accused of violating your OFP, it is extremely important that you contact an attorney at The Law Office of Brodie Hacken immediately in order to give you the best possible chance to defend yourself against these new allegations.

Sexual Assault

Sexual assaults are extremely serious and difficult charges to face.  Not only could you face significant jail time and a substantial fine if you are found guilty, but you could also be required to register as a sexual offender, as well.  Sexual assault convictions can make it difficult, if not impossible, to find employment, housing, or receive bank loans.  You can be barred from participating in your child's school activities, coaching youth sports teams, or even being involved in your children's spiritual growth through programs like Sunday School, CCD, and confirmation classes.  Handling a case like this without proper legal representation is beyond inadvisable.  By hiring a qualified, experienced Minnesota Criminal Defense Attorney, you can ensure that you will have the best opportunity to be successful in defending your case.  

 

Don't waste any time weighing your options.  Your only option is to talk to a Minnesota Criminal Defense Attorney with The Law Office of Brodie Hacken today.  Call or email us to speak directly to a lawyer.