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Criminal Defense

When you are accused of a crime, you may face a wide variety of consequences, including time in prison and expensive fines. Being convicted of a crime also affects your reputation, and it may make it harder for you to find employment. To protect yourself and your future, you need to consult an experienced criminal defense attorney.

About Criminal Law in Minnesota

The state of Minnesota classifies crimes into two main categories: felonies and misdemeanors. In general, misdemeanors are considered less serious than felonies. However, both types of charges can carry significant penalties.

Minnesota law breaks misdemeanors down into several smaller classifications: petty misdemeanors, misdemeanors and gross misdemeanors. Petty misdemeanors carry the mildest consequences, while gross misdemeanors are the most serious crimes in this category.

Minnesota law doesn’t break felony charges into smaller categories. Instead, the law describes possible penalties for each individual felony.

Possible Penalties

The exact penalties you could face if you are convicted of a criminal charge in Minnesota depend on several factors, including your criminal background, the nature of the offense and the discretion of the court. However, the possible penalties for most crimes include fines and time in jail or prison.

For a misdemeanor conviction, you may spend up to one year in jail and/or owe a fine of up to $1,000. For a felony conviction, you may spend up to the remainder of your life in prison and/or owe a fine of up to $20,000 or even more in some cases.

Why You Need a Criminal Defense Attorney

To minimize your chances of being convicted of a criminal charge, you need an experienced criminal defense lawyer on your side. The right attorney will be able to review the facts associated with your case, help you gather evidence and assist you in building a strong defense for court.

McDonough Criminal Defense handles all types of criminal cases, including cases involving:

  • Juvenile defense
  • Criminal expungements
  • Criminal vehicular operation
  • Violation of protective order crimes
  • Prostitution and sex crimes
  • Assault offenses
  • Domestic assault offenses
  • Theft and property crimes
  • Weapon offenses
  • Traffic and driver’s license offenses

Contact McDonough Criminal Defense

If you are facing criminal charges, hiring a qualified defense attorney is essential. Please contact the Apple Valley Criminal Defense Lawyers at McDonough Criminal Defense today to make an appointment.


Driving while intoxicated (DWI), which may also be called “DUI,” is a charge you may receive if a law enforcement official believes you are operating a vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. If you are convicted of this offense, you may face a variety of penalties that impact your life dramatically. For this reason, you need to hire a DWI criminal defense lawyer to represent you in court as soon as possible.

About DWI/DUI Charges in Minnesota

You may be charged with DWI or DUI if you have a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 percent or higher while driving a car. You can also be charged with DUI or DWI if you have any amount of a Schedule I or Schedule II drug in your system. You may face additional charges if you refuse to take a breath alcohol test.

Penalties for DWI/DUI

If you are convicted of DWI or DUI in Minnesota, the exact penalties you will face depend on several different factors. However, one of the most important issues affecting your sentence is the presence of certain aggravating factors. These factors include a conviction for DWI in the past 10 years, the presence of a child under the age of 16 in the vehicle with you or a BAC of 0.16 percent or higher. If you have any of these factors, your penalty will be more severe.

Sentences for DWI/DUI may include both administrative and criminal penalties. Examples of administrative penalties include plate impoundment, forfeiture of your vehicle and driver’s license revocation. Examples of criminal penalties include fines and time in jail or prison.

Hiring a DWI Criminal Defense Attorney

If you are facing DWI or DUI charges, a criminal defense lawyer who has experience in this practice area can help you minimize your chances of being convicted. If conviction is unavoidable, your criminal defense attorney can also help you negotiate a lighter sentence. Your attorney will also be able to answer any questions you may have about your case while it is pending.

Contact McDonough Criminal Defense

The Apple Valley DWI/DUI Attorneys at McDonough Criminal Defense have significant experience with DWI charges. If you are facing these charges, please contact us today to schedule an appointment.



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