In Minnesota, furnishing alcohol to a minor (person under 21 years old) is a gross misdemeanor offense. Gross misdemeanors have a maximum punishment of up to one year in jail and a $3,000 fine. It is very uncommon, however, for anyone to actually serve the maximum punishment on this type of offense. The person furnishing…

In Minnesota, there are two types of departures for defendants to request at sentencing. We previously reviewed what a dispositional departure is here, which asks a judge to not send a defendant to prison. The other departure your defense attorney may request is called a durational departure. This is a request to the court asking…

Yes, juveniles can be tried as adults on serious criminal cases in Minnesota. There are two different ways this can be done: Certification or Extended Juvenile Jurisdiction (“EJJ”). In both situations, the prosecutor must file a motion asking for certification or EJJ. The court will then order studies to be completed to give a background…

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