Assault can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the circumstances.  These charges usually stem from person to person confrontations in a public place, but can be the result of group squabbles or fights which take place in a private residence.

Whether you are being charged with the misdemeanor or felony form of this crime, having proper legal representation is very important.  A conviction for assault can result in jail time, fines, restitution payments, and probation.  Assault is also what is known as an "accelerated offense," which means that subsequent convictions for assault carry with them stronger penalties. 

In order to ensure that you get the best possible result in your assault case, call us at The Law Office of Brodie Hacken.  We will work with you to determine the best course of action in your case and fight hard to ensure you a good result.  Call us today to speak directly with an attorney regarding your case.

Domestic Assault

Domestic assault is similar to regular assault, with the differentiating factor being that it is a crime committed against a family member or a member of your household.  This can include spouses, significant others, parents, grandparents, children, and roommates.  Like regular assault, domestic assault is an accelerable offense, meaning that each time you are convicted of it, the penalty gets worse.

Often, incidents of domestic violence result in the creation of an Order for Protection.  OFP's serve to protect one party (the alleged victim of the abuse) against another party (the alleged abuser) even before the aggressor is convicted of any crime.  It is important to know whether or not an OFP has been created in your case in order to avoid being in violation of it.  Violating an OFP can be a crime in and of itself, and can also cause you to be in violation of your terms of release.  This could result in you forfeiting any bail that you have paid and being forced to sit in jail pending the completion of your case.

If you have been charged with domestic assault or have reason to believe that you have been or may be reported by a member of your household for domestic assault, call an attorney with The Law Office of Brodie Hacken today.  

Serious Traffic Violations

While most traffic violations don't rise to the level of misdemeanor offenses, there are a select few that do, and they can be detrimental to you in many ways.  We all know that most DWI's are charged as misdemeanors, but that's a discussion for a separate topic.  In this topic, I'm referring to offenses like careless/reckless driving, driving after suspension/revocation/cancellation, driving without proof of insurance, illegal lane change, failing to stop at the scene of an accident, and other offenses like those.  All of these violations are charged as misdemeanors, which means that being found guilty of them shows up on both your driving record and your criminal record.

Driving misdemeanors can be especially problematic because they are often not eligible for expungement, whereas most other misdemeanor offenses are.  This means that traffic misdemeanors, much like diamonds, are forever.  

For people who use their license to earn a living (truck drivers, bus drivers, taxi drivers, social workers, etc...), these offenses can be especially problematic.  They can cause the suspension of your license and make it impossible for you to work.  Often, employers are unable to accommodate such offenses from an insurance standpoint and will be forced to let you go or be unable to hire you in the first place.  

Even for people who don't use their license to earn a living, offenses like this can significantly raise your insurance rates, can lead to license suspensions, and can cost you an arm and a leg in fines.  Aside from all that, some of these offenses are accelerable, meaning that the more of them you get, the worse the punishment can be.  

If you find yourself in a situation where you have been charged with a traffic misdemeanor, don't hesitate to call or email an attorney at The Law Office of Brodie Hacken for your free consultation.  We'll help you figure out whether it's worth it for you to hire an attorney to help you clear your situation up.  


Theft is another overarching term that covers a wide array of offenses.  Theft includes larceny, embezzlement, robbery, and some cases of burglary.  Basically, anytime you are being accused of taking anything that doesn't belong to you with the intent of keeping that thing indefinitely, you are being accused of some form of theft.

The severity of your theft charge depends greatly on what was stolen, the value of the stolen thing, and the means by which it was stolen.  If you are accused of stealing an expensive piece of jewlery at gunpoint, then that constitutes armed robbery and is a very serious felony charge.  On the other end of the spectrum, putting a candy bar in your pocket at the grocery store and walking out without paying for it is still considered theft, but constitutes a much lower level crime (likely a misdemeanor).

There are many different strategies a Minnesota Criminal Defense attorney can use to defend you against theft charges.  Depending on the severity and complexity of your individual case, defending yourself may or may not be an option.  The only way to truly know what your next step should be is to contact an attorney at The Law Office of Brodie Hacken immediately for your free consultation.  We'll help you weed through the issues in your case and give you an idea of how we can help you.  Don't wait until it's too late.  Call us today.