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Rochester, MN Criminal Defense Attorney

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Minnesota Criminal Defense Lawyer Serving Clients in Rochester, MN

Criminal charges in Rochester, Minnesota can have lifelong consequences upon conviction. As such, if you are facing criminal charges, no matter how minor, it is extremely important to begin working with a Rochester criminal attorney on your defense strategy.

At Kohlmeyer Hagen, we know that people are wrongly accused of crimes everyday, and we also know that individuals do make mistakes and deserve strong representation when fighting criminal charges. We also know that law enforcement officials can make serious errors, and that it is important to have a Rochester criminal defense attorney on your side.

Types of Criminal Defense Cases We Handle

At the criminal defense law firm of Kohlmeyer Hagen, we handle a wide variety of criminal defense cases in Rochester, including but not limited to the following:

  • Drug manufacturing;
  • Drug possession;
  • Prostitution or solicitation;
  • Pornography offense;
  • Internet crimes;
  • Sex crimes;
  • Assault;
  • White collar crimes under federal and state law; and
  • Juvenile offenses.

Facing criminal charges in Rochester, Minnesota can be confusing and anxiety-inducing. Given the severity of many criminal offenses, it is extremely important to have an experienced Rochester criminal defense attorney on your side who can build a defense that is tailored to your case. Depending upon the specific facts of your case, we may be able to develop a defense that proves your innocence, and if necessary, we can discuss options for reducing the charges to a lesser offense.

We handle felony and misdemeanor offenses in Rochester, and we can get started on your defense as soon as you get in touch with an advocate at our firm.

Penalties for Criminal Convictions

Generally speaking, the Rochester Police Department takes criminal offenses extremely seriously. These criminal offenses in Rochester, Minnesota range from petty misdemeanor offenses to felony offenses. The following is information about the penalties for each offense classification:

  • Petty misdemeanor: this is the least serious of the offense categories in Rochester, Minnesota, and a conviction typically involves a fine of $300 or less and no jail time.
  • Misdemeanor: this is a more serious criminal offense, and a conviction can result in up to 90 days in jail, a fine of up to $1,000, and a period of probation for up to two years.
  • Gross misdemeanor: this offense is more serious than a misdemeanor offense, but it does not rise to the level of seriousness of a felony offense. A gross misdemeanor can result in a jail term of up to one year, a fine of up to $3,000, and a period of probation of up to six years.
  • Felony: this is the most serious type of criminal offense classification in Minnesota. Felonies involve extensive fines and lengthy terms of imprisonment. The period of imprisonment depends largely on the type of offense and whether the defendant is a repeat offender, but these terms of imprisonment can include life sentences.

The penalties for a criminal conviction in Rochester are too significant to try to handle your defense on your own. A Rochester criminal defense attorney can assist you.

Why Work With a Rochester Criminal Defense Attorney?

Nobody who is facing criminal charges should have to handle a defense on his or her own. Even a misdemeanor conviction in Rochester, MN can result in a significant jail term and monetary fine, not to mention a lifelong criminal record. When you are convicted of a criminal offense in Minnesota, unless you are able to have the record expunged, you will have a criminal record for the rest of your life. A criminal record can prevent you from obtaining certain jobs and working with juveniles or other vulnerable populations, renewing employment licenses, being approved for credit or rental housing applications, and numerous other consequences.

Even after you have served out a sentence, which may include time in jail or a term of imprisonment based on the nature of the offense, a criminal conviction can continue to interfere in your life. Anyone who is convicted of a sex offense can be required to register with the Minnesota Sex Offender Registry, which can be devastating for many Rochester residents. A sex offense conviction can limit the places you live and work, and it often means that neighbors and other people in the area where you do live will be able to obtain information about your conviction.

A defense lawyer in the area can help you to understand the process for your case in the Olmsted County Courthouse, and can help you through this process while advocating for your innocence.

Contact a Criminal Defense Lawyer

Are you facing criminal charges in Rochester, Minnesota? You should not have to handle a complicated criminal defense on your own. An aggressive criminal defense attorney in Rochester can begin working on your defense today. At Kohlmeyer Hagen, we are committed to providing representation to people who are facing criminal charges in and around Rochester. Contact us today online or by telephone at 507-625-5000 to learn more about the services we provide to clients in Minnesota.


This law firm is very experienced, very effective, and yet very personable when interacting with me throughout my nerve-wracking legal process. I’m completely satisfied with the outcome of my case. I would hire the Kohlmeyer Hagen Law Office again without hesitation. And, I have since recommended them to several friends and acquaintances.

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