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Violent Crimes

Twin Cities Area Violent Crime Lawyer

Violent crimes in Minnesota can include a variety of offenses, ranging from assault to murder. These offenses could include assorted weapons charges, sexual crimes and even domestic violence-related acts. Although the penalties can differ based on each specific act, any conviction for a violent offense could have a major impact on a person's life.

A violent crime conviction could mean lengthy prison sentences, expensive fines and other life-changing consequences. A criminal history of violent offenses is enough to alter a person's future. No matter the situation, it is important to try to fight these charges. An experienced attorney can help you defend yourself.

Apple Valley Violent Crime Attorney

Being charged with a violent crime does not have to mean a conviction. Apple Valley violent offense lawyer James Blumberg can help you challenge the charges and work to get a favorable outcome in your case. As a former prosecutor, he knows what it takes to discredit the prosecution. He is dedicated to working one-on-one with clients, no matter how severe the charge.

James Blumberg Law represents clients throughout Dakota County, Anoka County, Hennepin County and Ramsey County and Anoka County. Call (952) 431-7758 to schedule a free consultation with James Blumberg. Your future is important, and the legal team at James Blumberg Law can help you protect it.


Information About Violent Crimes in Minnesota


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Violent Offenses in Minnesota

The term violent crime can mean a wide range of offenses. Often times, the term is applied to an act in which some sort of violence or the attempt of violence occurred. According to Minnesota Statute 624.712, a crime of violence could include a felony conviction for the following offenses:

  • Murder
  • Manslaughter
  • Aiding suicide or aiding attempted suicide
  • Misdemeanor assault
  • Felony assault
  • Domestic assault
  • Domestic assault by strangulation
  • Crimes committed for the benefit of a gang
  • Use of drugs to injure or facilitate a crime
  • Simple robbery
  • Aggravated robbery
  • Kidnapping and false imprisonment
  • Malicious punishment of a child
  • Neglect or endangerment of a child
  • Arson
  • Burglary
  • Drive by shootings
  • Unlawfully owning, possessing or operating a machine gun or short-barreled shotgun
  • Rioting
  • Terroristic threats
  • Stalking
  • Shooting at a public transit vehicle or facility

Additionally, some sexually based offenses could be considered violent crimes, such as solicitation, inducement and promotion of prostitution. Sex trafficking and criminal sexual conduct also could fall into the category.

Commission of a crime while wearing or possessing a bullet-resistant vest could be considered a violent offense, if the crime is a gross misdemeanor or a felony offense. According to Minnesota Statute 609.52, theft of a firearm, an explosive, an incendiary device or a controlled substance also could be considered a violent offense.


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Possible Penalties for Violent Crimes

The penalties for violent offenses vary based on the particular crime. Some factors could increase the punishments associated with the offense. For instance, if the victim or intended victim was a minor, the penalties could be harsher. If great bodily harm was caused, such as in a kidnapping offense, the degree of the offense could be worse.

However, in most violent crime cases, a person could potentially face years in jail or prison and thousands of dollars in expensive fines. Under Minnesota law, the court also could place the person on probation and require restitution be paid to the victim. Failing to make payments could be considered a violation of the probation.

Additionally, a person could be banned from owning, using, possessing or carrying a firearm after a violent crime conviction. Doing so could mean charges for possession by a convicted felon, which could carry additional penalties.

A criminal record also could affect a person's future long after the court-ordered punishments are completed. The record would be public and available to future employers and potential housing providers. Some employers will not hire a person with a violent history, no matter the circumstances of the case.  The best way to avoid these repercussions is to avoid a conviction.


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Defenses to Violent Crime Charges

Violent crime charges can be complex in Minnesota. The smallest detail in a case could play a significant role in the degree of the charge. The prosecution will try to use whatever evidence possible against you, and they will fight for the most severe charges and penalties.

As a former prosecutor, James Blumberg understands their tactics. He is able to use his experience on the other side of the law to fight for his clients facing violent crime charges. Gathering evidence, facts about the case and witnesses is critical in developing a tough defense strategy.

James and the legal team at James Blumberg Law can work to have evidence thrown out in cases. This could lead to having the charges reduced or dismissed. He knows what it takes to get a favorable outcome in a case, and he can help you avoid the burden of a criminal conviction.


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Additional Resources for Violent Crime Charges

Minnesota Department of Corrections — Under Minnesota law, victims of offenders in a Department of Corrections facility have additional rights to notification and information, such as notice of conditions of release, transfers and if the offender re-enters a facility.

Dakota County Crime Victim Information — Dakota County offers information about the rights of victims of violent crime and other offenses and how they can receive financial assistance throughout their difficult time. This link also provides information about protection programs, testifying in court and more.

National Center for Victims of Crime — The National Center for Victims of Crimes is an organization that works to provide resources to victims of crimes. The organization also works to improve education and change the way violent crimes are treated throughout the country.


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James Blumberg Law - A Violent Crime Defense Lawyer in Dakota County

After a violent crime conviction, you have the right to defend yourself and your future. Experienced Dakota County violent crime defense attorney James Blumberg can help you fight for a favorable result in your case and work to have the charges reduced or dropped. Call (952) 431-7758 to schedule a free consultation about your charges.

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As a former prosecutor in the Dakota County Attorney’s Office, James Blumberg has experience on both sides of the criminal courtroom. He knows how to fight to get charges reduced or dismissed for clients in the Twin Cities area.

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