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.