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Meet Our Minneapolis Sex Crimes Defense Lawyers

Three Attorneys, One Powerful Law Firm

Attorney Kyle Dreger

Kyle Dreger

Minneapolis Sex Crimes Defense Lawyer

Attorney Gerald Miller

Gerald Miller

Minneapolis Sex Crimes Defense Lawyer

Attorney Cody Wright

Cody Wright

Minneapolis Sex Crimes Defense Lawyer

Why Trust Gerald Miller Law Firm

Because

  • We offer you a FREE no obligation initial consultation.
  • We only practice criminal defense law. We don’t split our time working on other areas of law so that we can provide intense focus to your criminal case.
  • Our team is available to you 24/7/365. Our resources are deep and strong. We collaborate and continually draw from each other’s experience to devise the best strategy and defense for you.
  • Our seasoned team of Minneapolis assault lawyers, Minneapolis sex crimes lawyers, Minneapolis drug crimes lawyers, Minneapolis fraud lawyers, Minneapolis DWI lawyers and much more will fight hard for you and be by your side every step of the way.
  • We have decades of criminal courtroom experience and an in-depth knowledge of the legal system and Minnesota criminal law. This experience has taught us sophisticated and highly skilled courtroom tactics, as well as adept trial and negotiating skills.
  • We understand that each case and client is uniquely different. People hire us because of our knowledge of the system, and realize that it is our job to help a client navigate a difficult process. As we are preparing a case, we know what to look for in the evidence, but also realize that it is critical to listen to our clients needs. Then, only after we know our client, we can tailor make a defense unique to your case depending on the goals we have set out.
  • We will always treat you with compassion and respect. As our former clients will tell you, we are very quick and prompt in answering any questions, and will keep you informed about every step in the process. We have an appreciation for how stressful criminal charges can be, and that is why we take it very seriously to provide a calming, and honest, reassurance throughout. We consider the “service” side of our job to be as serious as anything else we do because being trusted to be someone’s attorney is a privilege.

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    How Minneapolis Sex Crimes Defense Attorneys Can Serve You

    Criminal Sexual Conduct

    Possession of Pornography

    Online Sex Crimes

    Sex Offender Registration

    Very few offenses have as severe direct and collateral consequences as sex crimes. A conviction could mean many years in prison. A conviction could also mean long-term registration as a sex offender and a number of other issues. In fact, the collateral consequences are often worse than the direct consequences.

    At Gerald Miller, P.A., our team of legal and investigative professionals starts work quickly to prepare your defense. Sex crimes prosecutions are long chains with many links. If one link is weak, that’s enough for a powerful lawyer to break the chain.

    Sex Crimes Defense Charges in Minneapolis

    Criminal Sexual Conduct

    It is important to remember that sex crimes are not assault. When a sex crime is involved, you should hire a Minneapolis Sex Crimes Defense Lawyer rather than an Assault Lawyers In Minneapolis.

    Essentially, CSC is an unconsented sexual act. “Consent” is a voluntary, affirmative act. Depending on the facts of the case, Hennepin County prosecutors can bring one of the following charges:

    • Fifth Degree CSC is lewd conduct with no sexual penetration,
    • Fourth Degree CSC is a sex act which involves an underage or other vulnerable victim,
    • Third Degree CSC is sexual penetration with some aggravating facts,
    • Second Degree CSC is extreme sexual violence which does not involve penetration, and
    • First Degree CSC is the most serious charge.

    Incidentally, with regard to statutory rape, Minnesota does not have a “Romeo and Juliet” exception. If two 15-year-olds have consensual sex, they could both be prosecuted for CSC.

    Consent, or lack thereof, is the central issue in many of these cases. Physical evidence establishes violence, but only circumstantial evidence establishes lack of consent. And, this evidence is vulnerable. For example, consent to prior acts does not establish consent to the charged offense, but it might be enough to create reasonable doubt.

    Uncertain identification is another common defense. Frequently, the area was dark and the alleged victim only caught a glimpse of the assailant.

    Possession of Pornography

    Experience has taught our Minneapolis Sex Crimes Defense Lawyers that Child pornography is the most common kind of illegal pornography. The image at issue could be a random internet photograph or something from an underground publication.

    All possession cases, such as drug and pornography possession matters, usually involve search and seizure issues. These acts are illegal unless officers had a valid search warrant or a narrow search warrant exception applied.

    Valid warrants are specific as to time, place, and items to be seized. Valid warrants also require solid affidavits. Common warrant exceptions include consent searches and plain view seizures.

    Online Sex Crimes

    Most internet sex crimes are a combination of CSC offenses and pornography infractions. It is not against the law to talk to an underage person or even arrange a meeting. However, it is unlawful to take additional steps toward meeting. Our Minneapolis Sex Crimes Defense Lawyers know that Minnesota courts define this part of the offense very broadly. It could even include leaving the house to meet the person.

    In terms of pornography, possession is not the only possible problem. It is also illegal to ask an underage person for an explicit photograph. Such conduct constitutes the production of illegal pornography.

    The entrapment defense sometimes applies in these cases. Police officers can pose as underage girls and perhaps even lie about their identities. But, they cannot entice people to commit crimes.

    Sex Offender Registration

    All sex offenders, including misdemeanor indecent exposure offenders, must register for a minimum of ten years. In Minnesota, there are three different levels of sex offender registration.

    Level I low-risk offenders must register, but only law enforcement officers and a few other individuals can access the information. The information for Level II medium-risk offenders is publicly available. At-risk organizations, such as nearby daycares, receive a special notification. Level III high-risk public information release usually involves a town hall meeting or another very public forum.

    Minneapolis Sex Crimes Defense Attorneys have two chances to reduce an offender’s risk level. A review board makes an initial determination, and a judge can reduce the risk level at a subsequent modification hearing.

    Sex Crimes Defense FAQs

    Any infraction with any sexual overtones, from the most innocent indecent exposure incident to the most violent sexual assault, is a sex crime in Minnesota. Furthermore, the registration requirement depends on the risk of re-offense as opposed to the facts of the case. So, an indecent exposure conviction could mean Level III registration.
    Sexting is not a crime, but it is evidence of a crime. If a defendant sexted with an underage person and then took steps to meet that person, a jury can put two and two together.
    Although it is usually a misdemeanor, indecent exposure is always a sex crime. “Gross lewdness or lascivious behavior, or any public indecency” is an ordinary misdemeanor. If such conduct occurred in the presence of a minor under 16, like in a park, or the defendant had a prior conviction, the offense is a gross misdemeanor. Indecent exposure is a felony if the defendant used force to compel someone to watch.
    No, although such behavior could be considered disorderly conduct (any “offensive, obscene, abusive, boisterous, or noisy” behavior). Public urination could be indecent exposure depending on if there are people around, and depending on where it is happening. But it would not require someone to register as a sex offender.
    Fourth degree Criminal Sexual Conduct (statutory rape) and possession of illegal pornography are the most common state infractions. These and other internet sex crimes can also be federal offenses.

    How We Make A Difference For You

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    This past Winter, I found myself leaving jail after a DUI arrest not knowing what my future had in store. I had a lapse in judgement and the consequences were severe. After looking online and researching various DUI and Defense Lawyers I stumbled across Gerry Miller's firm.I worked directly with Cody Wright and can't say enough about him. We took it one step at a time and I felt confident in the process and his work. With that being said, I'm pleased with the outcome and I can finally move on from this chapter in my life. Thank you to Gerry, Cody and his team!
    Brandon
    Brandon
    20:24 30 Nov 20
    Jamall Thomas
    Jamall Thomas
    18:37 22 Nov 20
    I had a fabulous experience using Kyle Dreger as my attorney. He was extremely responsive, always provided me with information as soon as he found out about it, and he explained every step of the process.
    Jordan Wollmering
    Jordan Wollmering
    19:32 20 Nov 20
    Gerald Miller and his team stand above all others in every way. If you're in trouble and require the experts. These are your guys. Thank you for everything !!
    Vision Fab
    Vision Fab
    17:39 17 Nov 20
    Cant say enough great things about Gerry and his firm. I own two companies with multiple trucks and drivers. I have six attorneys. For over twenty years, Gerry is our first call for any & all legal issues criminal or traffic. And there were some serious issues. I don't think there is anyone that rivals Gerry's knowledge of the law or his expertise to navigate the system, in order to get the best possible outcome for very dire legal situations. Gerry defines expert legal representation, while also being hard working, honest, and always responds within 24hrs or less. Which is what we expect for our money. It sets them apart from all the others. I don't think they knew when he passed the bar he would be setting the bar. We don't call anyone else.
    Paul Busch
    Paul Busch
    17:31 17 Nov 20
    I messaged Gerald Miller & Associates PA through through their website and Kyle reached out to me in a matter of minutes. He gave me the answers to my questions amongst other related information that I had spent hours researching for. The internet often contradicts itself. Anytime I need a lawyer I will call Kyle. If your issue is out of his specialization, he will send you to the right person! This is the guy you start with everytime. Thanks Kyle!
    Andrew Moore
    Andrew Moore
    23:39 03 Nov 20

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