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Minnesota’s Crime Classifications

If you are arrested or charged with a crime in Minnesota the severity level of that crime will depend on the classification it is given.  Minnesota has three “levels” of crimes: felony, gross misdemeanor and misdemeanor.

A misdemeanor is punishable by up to 90 days in jail and/or up to a $1,000.00 fine.  A gross misdemeanor is classified as those crimes that are punishable by up to a year in jail and/or up to a $3,000.00 fine.

A felony offense is the most serious offense in Minnesota.  All Felonies are punishable by over one year of imprisonment.  However, the maximum fines and imprisonment lengths for felonies depend on the alleged conduct.

In Minnesota, you may also be given a citation for a petty misdemeanor.  Petty misdemeanors are not considered a crime; however, you may be subject to paying a fine.  Because a petty Misdemeanor is not a crime, if you are found guilty, you cannot be sentenced to jail.  It is nonetheless important to note that petty misdemeanor convictions can affect driving records and may subject you to higher insurance rates.

The Minnesota criminal trial lawyers at Sieben Edmunds have handled cases ranging from small petty misdemeanors to the most serious of felony charges.  If you are charged with a crime, whether it be a felony, gross misdemeanor, or a misdemeanors our experienced attorneys will assist in getting you the best possible results.  Contact Sieben Edmunds, PLLC today to learn how we can help obtain a result that works for you.