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Arson

Whoever unlawfully by means of fire or explosives, intentionally destroys or damages any real or personal property commits arson. Arson can be charged at various severity levels, or degrees, based on the type or nature of the property that is involved. Arson is serious crime and a person convicted of such an offense may be sentenced to imprisonment for anywhere from one year in jail to 20 years in prison and/or a fine of not more than $20,000. The key to building a solid defense in an arson case is to retain the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney who has experience in handling arson cases. Attorney Kurt J. Knuesel has represented several clients who have been charged with varying levels of arson, including Arson in the First Degree. If you have reason to believe that you are being investigated for or have actually been charged with Arson, you should contact an experienced criminal attorney right away. Attorney Knuesel can be reached 24/7 for consultation during any phase of an investigation. You have a right to consult with an attorney before speaking with law enforcement. It is important that you exercise that right.

Assault/Domestic Assault

A person who intentionally inflicts harm to another or who intentionally inflicts fear of imminent bodily harm upon another is guilty of Assault. Depending on the nature and/or the severity of the assault, a person convicted of such an offense may face penalties anywhere from 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine to 20 years in prison and a $30,000 fine. In addition to these penalties, there are countless collateral consequences of such a conviction. A person convicted of even a misdemeanor Domestic Assault may face life-long consequences as a result. Under current Federal legislation, any person who is convicted of even a misdemeanor level Domestic Assault may lose there right to use or possess firearms for the rest of their life. People involved in the health care industry as well as those involved in working with children in any capacity may find their livelihood taken from them through an occupational license revocation if they are convicted of even a low-level misdemeanor offense. If you are charged with such a crime, it is imperative that you speak with an experienced criminal attorney as soon as possible to ensure that you understand your rights and the potential consequences you face. Attorney Kurt J. Knuesel has represented hundreds of clients who have faced assault charges. When you are faced with potential life-long consequences, the earlier you are able to speak with a criminal attorney that has experience in representing clients charged with assault, the better off you will be. Knuesel Law Firm offers a 24-hour access number to provide you with the timely advice you need to deal with these types of charges.

Burglary

Whoever enters a building without consent and with intent to commit a crime, or enters a building without consent and commits a crime while in the building, either directly or as an accomplice, commits burglary. It is important to note that one does not have to steal or even attempt to steal anything to be convicted of Burglary. Simply entering a building without permission with the intent to commit some crime while inside can expose you to potential Burglary charges. Depending on many factors including the nature of the building or premises and the nature of the crime that is committed therein, a person convicted of Burglary may face stiff penalties, including up to 20 years in prison and a $35,000 fine. As with any felony level offense, a conviction for felony Burglary will negatively impact the person convicted for the rest of their life. Felony level convictions render a person ineligible to use or possess firearms for life, may render a person ineligible for government assistance, (including public housing and some student loans) and will likely remain a life-long employment obstacle. If you have been charged with Burglary or believe that you will be, you should immediately contact a criminal defense attorney with experience in representing clients charged with Burglary. Attorney Kurt J. Knuesel is an experienced criminal defense attorney who has extensive experience representing individuals charged with Burglary. Attorney Knuesel can be reached at Knuesel Law Firm during the day as well as through an after-hours access phone number. You have a right to speak with an attorney at any time during a criminal investigation. It is imperative that you exercise that right whether you think you may have done something wrong or whether you are certain that you haven’t.

Child Pornography

A person who possesses a pornographic work or a computer disk or computer or other electronic, magnetic, or optical storage system or a storage system of any other type, containing a pornographic work that depicts a minor engaged in actual or simulated sexual conduct, knowing or with reason to know its content and character, is guilty of Possession of Child Pornography. Few crimes carry the social stigma of Criminal Sexual Conduct Crimes. If convicted of such a crime, a person will likely suffer negative consequences for the rest of their life. In addition to lengthy prison terms, a person convicted of Sex Crimes can be required to register as sexual offender, in some cases for the rest of their lives. In addition incarceration for Sex Crimes can subject a person to the extremely serious civil commitment process and potential designation as a Sexually Dangerous Person. Such a designation can subject the designee to lifetime confinement in a State Hospital. Any person charged with Criminal Sexual Conduct or Possession of Child Pornography should contact a criminal attorney with experience in defending clients charged with Sex Crimes. Attorney Kurt J. Knuesel has defended numerous clients who have been charged with all levels of Sex Crimes. Attorney Knuesel provides aggressive and experienced representation for all clients, including those charged with serious Sex Crimes. Attorney Knuesel has obtained not guilty verdicts from juries in several high level Sex Crime cases. In order to best build a defense against such charges, the earlier an experienced defense attorney is involved the better. In addition to phone availability during regular business hours, Knuesel Law Firm maintains an after-hours contact number for consultations whenever the need arises. You have a right to speak with an attorney during all phases of a criminal investigation. Do not hesitate to tell law enforcement that you would like to speak with an attorney.

Criminal Damage to Property

Whoever intentionally causes damage to physical property of another without the other person's consent commits criminal damage to property. Depending on the nature and value of the property damaged and the circumstances surrounding the damage, a person convicted of Criminal Damage to Property may potentially face up to 5 years imprisonment and a $10,000 fine. Like all property crimes, Criminal Damage to Property convictions may come with expensive restitution orders. In some cases it is very difficult to determine the actual value of the property that has been damaged. If law enforcement does not accurately calculate the value of the damaged property, they may charge the Defendant with too serious of an offense and the State may ask for an unreasonably high amount of restitution. If you are charged with such a crime, you should contact an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Attorney Kurt J. Knuesel has extensive experience defending clients accused of property crimes. If you are accused of such a crime, you may need to also retain an expert who is familiar with the type of property damaged. Attorney Knuesel has worked with experts in a variety of fields to address issues of valuation. As in all cases, you do have a right to contact an attorney during any phase of the investigation or court proceedings. Attorney Knuesel can be reached during regular business hours at Knuesel Law Firm. After hours and/or on weekends, Attorney Knuesel can be reached through the Firm’s 24-hour access number.

Drug Crimes

The laws surrounding the use, possession, or sale of controlled substances is extensive. The government has put severe penalties in place for those that are convicted of drug crimes. Even if you are only convicted of possessing a tiny amount of certain substances, trace amounts that are barely detectable, you face up to 5 years in prison. If the conviction is for a more serious offense involving a sale or possession of a large amount of controlled substance, you can face up to 30 years in prison and a $1,000,000 fine. Whether the offense you are charged with involves possession, distribution or drug trafficking, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney who knows how to defend client’s that are charged with these types of offenses. Attorney Kurt J. Knuesel has represented hundreds of clients who have been charged with felony level controlled substance offenses. Through zealous representation and experience in this area of the law, Attorney Knuesel is able to devise a defense strategy in each case that will assist our clients in reaching a favorable resolution. Whether the case is dismissed, goes to trial, or the charges are reduced, Attorney Knuesel will aggressively seek the best outcome available. In many cases, the Firm is able to reach a resolution in which our clients are able to avoid a felony conviction and the stigma that comes with it. Attorney Knuesel’s years of experience and proven results are exactly what you need on your side when you are charged with a drug crime.

DWI

Any person who is in physical control of a motor vehicle after having consumed alcohol or controlled substance runs the risk of being charged with DWI. The government has refined the DWI laws to such a point that a person does not even need to be driving a motor vehicle to be convicted of DWI. While most DWI charges do result from driving behavior, even if a person is asleep in a vehicle, under certain conditions, they can be charged with DWI. DWI charges are very serious. Even a misdemeanor DWI conviction can have significant long-term negative consequences. In addition to license revocation, a person who is charged with DWI faces potential jail time, heavy fines, license reinstatement fees, increased insurance premiums, and even the denial of access into certain foreign countries, including Canada. DWI offenders may also face certain civil consequences including the forfeiture of their license, license plates, and even their car. If you have been charged with DWI or even if you believe that you may be charged, the earlier you contact an experienced criminal defense attorney the better off you will be. If you are arrested for suspicion of DWI, in most cases, you will be afforded an opportunity to consult with counsel. Make every effort you can to obtain legal advice as early in the process as you can. Because most DWI arrests occur outside of regular business hours, it can be difficult to contact an attorney. Knuesel Law Firm maintains an after-hours and weekend phone number that provides you legal advice when you most need it. No matter what level of DWI you are charged with, the best investment you can make in your defense is to hire an experienced DWI lawyer to represent you as early as possible. Attorney Kurt J. Knuesel has represented over a thousand clients who have been charged with DWI. From misdemeanor level offenses to felony level DWI, Attorney Knuesel has aggressively represented his clients and has fought for the best available outcome. Let the Firm’s experience and proven results work for you. Contact Knuesel Law Firm today.

Expungement

Any time a person is charged with a crime, a record of that charge is created. Whether that charge results in a conviction or is ultimately dismissed, a record of the charge continues to exist and is accessible by a number of different agencies and certain members of the private sector. Most employers do conduct background checks prior to hiring and the companies that perform those checks are very proficient at discovering any type of criminal records. Expungement is a process whereby a person can request that all records of their criminal charges, arrest, or even conviction, be “erased” from their record. The effect of a successful petition for expungement is essentially a fresh start without the obstacle of the criminal record. Recently, exciting changes in the expungement laws in Minnesota have created increased avenues for the expungement of criminal records. Under certain circumstances, even if a person has been convicted of a crime, it will be possible to successfully “erase” all records of that process through expungement. If you are concerned about how a past legal matter has continued to result in negative consequences for you long after you have resolved the matter itself, you should consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney who has successfully argued for expungements. Attorney Kurt J. Knuesel can review your case to determine whether you are a good candidate for expungement. Call Knuesel Law Firm today to set up an appointment for a free consultation.

Fleeing a Police Officer

Whoever by means of a motor vehicle flees or attempts to flee a peace officer who is acting in the lawful discharge of an official duty, and the perpetrator knows or should reasonably know the same to be a peace officer, is guilty of a felony and may be sentenced to imprisonment for up to three years and one day or to payment of a fine of up to $5,000, or both. Whoever, for the purpose of avoiding arrest, detention, or investigation, or in order to conceal or destroy potential evidence related to the commission of a crime, attempts to evade or elude a peace officer, who is acting in the lawful discharge of an official duty, by means of running, hiding, or by any other means except fleeing in a motor vehicle, is guilty of a misdemeanor, punishable by up to 90 days in jail, a $1,000.00 fine, or both. Fleeing a police officer is a serious offense that can carry heavy fines and jail time. In addition to the potential punitive consequences that you may face in criminal court, a person convicted of Fleeing a Police Officer may also face civil penalties. Through the civil process, the government may seek the forfeiture of personal property such as the motor vehicle used during the commission of the crime. If you have been charged or if you believe that you may be charged with a Fleeing offense, it is important that you consult as soon as possible with an experienced criminal defense attorney. The earlier you can consult with an attorney the sooner you can begin mounting an aggressive defense against the charges. An experienced criminal defense attorney can guide you through this process to achieve the best possible result. Remember that you have a right to ask to speak with an attorney at all stages of the criminal investigation process. That is a right that you should use as soon as you realize that you are being investigated. It is important that you speak as soon as possible with an attorney who has experience representing individuals who have been charged with Fleeing offenses. Attorney Kurt J. Knuesel has years of experience representing clients who have faced these types of charges. Knuesel Law Firm is the right choice for proven results. If you find yourself facing these types of charges, contact the Firm as soon as possible for a consultation to discuss your options. In addition to our regular phone number during business hours, the Firm also maintains an after-hours and weekend number to assist you whenever you need legal services. The earlier that you consult with an experienced attorney, the sooner you can begin to mount your defense.

Forfeiture of property/vehicle/money

Forfeiture laws are used by the government to freeze the assets of individuals whom they believe have been engaged in some illegal activity. In most forfeiture cases, the government will attempt to seize the property that was initially frozen. If they are successful, the owner of that property will lose all rights to or claim of interest in whatever the property may be. The government will take possession of the property and will dispose of it in whatever legal manner they may choose. Knuesel Law Firm can take immediate action to prevent the forfeiture of property such as houses, cars and money. Regardless of what type of property was seized, you, as the owner of that property, are required to act if you wish to assert your rights to due process. There are very tight deadlines, which, if not adhered to, can result in you losing your right to challenge the forfeiture. If your property has been frozen or seized by the government, you need an experienced attorney who is familiar with these types of cases. Attorney Kurt J. Knuesel regularly represents clients who have had property taken from them by the government. Regardless of why the property was seized, there are many options available to ensure the return of that property to the owner. Call Knuesel Law Firm today for a free consultation. Let Attorney Knuesel listen to you and facts of your case. After he has listened to you, Attorney Knuesel will discuss your options and together we can determine the best course toward getting your property returned to you.

Forgery

Accusations of forgery may tie into a wide variety of fraud types, including check fraud, Social Security fraud and unemployment fraud. If you have been accused of forgery you need an experienced attorney on your side. Attorney Kurt J. Knuesel has years of experience representing people accused of serious criminal charges, including forgery. It is important that you speak as soon as possible with an attorney who has experience representing individuals who have been charged with forgery offenses. Attorney Kurt J. Knuesel has years of experience representing clients who have faced these types of charges. Knuesel Law Firm is the right choice for proven results. If you find yourself facing these types of charges, contact the Firm as soon as possible for a consultation to discuss your options. In addition to our regular phone number during business hours, the Firm also maintains an after-hours and weekend number to assist you whenever you need legal services. The earlier that you consult with an experienced attorney, the sooner you can begin to mount your defense.

Guns/Firearms Crimes

Laws affecting a citizen's right to bear arms are constantly evolving. Our constitutional rights are constantly being challenged and amended making it more important than ever to seek a qualified gun crime defense attorney if you have been charged with a gun crime. The government has implemented serious penalties for those that are convicted of violating gun laws. Under certain circumstances, even the possession of a BB gun by the wrong person can result in lengthy prison terms. If you find yourself in a situation where you are charged with a gun crime or believe that you are being investigated for such a charge, it is important that you consult as soon as possible with an experienced gun crime defense attorney. An experienced attorney can help you to begin to prepare a defense to these types of charges right away. Attorney Kurt J. Knuesel has extensive experience in representing clients who have been charged with gun crimes. Attorney Knuesel can be reached during regular business hours at Knuesel Law Firm. In addition, the Firm maintains and after-hours and weekend phone line to provide legal assistance whenever it is needed. Contact Attorney Knuesel and the Firm today to put our experience and proven results to work for you.

Harassment Restraining Orders

We provide representation regarding all forms of restraining orders. The firm represents persons who desire to obtain a Court order as a result of domestic violence. It also defends persons who have had false or exaggerated claims made against them. When you are being harassed, it can dominate your entire life. If you are constantly worried about running into the person who is harassing you or if you have changed your own habits because of the actions of that person, it may be time to explore the option of filing a petition for a restraining order. If that time has come, you need to understand that the rules of civil procedure and evidence apply to the proceedings. It is important that you consult with an attorney who is experienced in representing individuals who have been involved in the restraining order process. Attorney Kurt J. Knuesel routinely represents both people who file for restraining orders and people who are named in those petitions. In either instance, Attorney Knuesel has extensive experience guiding clients through the process to obtain the result that they are looking for. In many cases, Attorney Knuesel has represented clients who have been falsely accused in a petition for a restraining order. The reasons behind falsification of these types of petitions are many. It is not unusual for a party to a divorce proceeding to try to use the restraining order process to gain the upper hand in a custody battle or the divorce itself. In other cases, a former significant other with an axe to grind may try to take out their aggressions by filing a restraining order. In either case, it is imperative that the party against whom the order is sought takes immediate action to ensure their right to due process. If you fail to respond in a timely manner, you may lose the right to be heard at all with regard to the allegations that are contained in the petition. An attorney with experience in these types of proceedings can help to guide you through the process to ensure that your rights are protected and that you are given a fair chance to refute the allegations that have made against you. Whether you are in need of the protection that a restraining order offers or you have been named by someone else in a petition for a restraining order, call Knuesel Law Firm today to discuss your rights, the process, and your next step. In addition to being open each day during regular business hours, the Firm maintains an after-hour and weekend telephone number to better serve those that are in need of immediate assistance.

Juvenile Delinquency

While most people are aware that juvenile court proceedings are, for the most part, confidential, many people do not understand that juvenile delinquency proceedings can and do affect the accused juvenile for the rest of their life. In some cases, the collateral consequences of an adjudication as a juvenile delinquent can create a record that can strip a person of certain civil liberties even after they have reached the age of majority. Attorney Knuesel’s goal as a juvenile crimes defense attorney is to work with the client and the parents to preserve the child's record so he or she can walk away from this experience with minimal long-term effects. Keeping young people out of the criminal justice system is crucial for preserving their future. If your child is the subject of a juvenile delinquency petition, the best thing that you can do to ensure that your child’s future is not compromised is to consult with an attorney who has experience representing juveniles and a proven track record in those types of cases. Attorney Kurt J. Knuesel has extensive experience in juvenile delinquency representation. In many case, we are able to guide our clients through the juvenile justice system toward an outcome that keeps their record clear and does not create an obstacle to future educational or occupational success. Call Knuesel Law Firm today to discuss how Attorney Knuesel can help your child.

 

Juvenile Protection

If your license is revoked for any reason, we can help. We have the experience needed for you to get your license cleared and get you driving again. While your license can be revoked, cancelled, or suspended for a number of reasons, the most common is for an impaired driving incident. In these types of cases, your license to drive can be invalidated by the Department of Public Safety. In the event that this happens, you have a very short window to take action to seek the return of your license. If you fail to act within these timeframes, your ability to fight the revocation in court may be lost. When you find yourself facing an adverse action against your license such as revocation, suspension, or cancellation, it is critical that you contact an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Even if you have been given a ticket that sets your court date out for some time, it is important that you consult with an attorney that has experience dealing with license forfeiture immediately to ensure that you do not lose any of your rights. Attorney Kurt J. Knuesel regularly represents clients that are facing these types of actions, with proven results. Knuesel Law Firm can you help you to protect your right to challenge the revocation, suspension, or cancellation. In certain cases, we can help you to effectuate the timely return of your driving privileges. Attorney Knuesel knows what to look for and how to appropriately challenge the State in those cases where your rights have been infringed upon. Attorney Knuesel can be reached at the Firm during regular business hours as well as after-hours and on weekends via our twenty-four hour access number. Call us today to ensure that your rights are protected.

License Revocation

If your license is revoked for any reason, we can help. We have the experience needed for you to get your license cleared and get you driving again. While your license can be revoked, cancelled, or suspended for a number of reasons, the most common is for an impaired driving incident. In these types of cases, your license to drive can be invalidated by the Department of Public Safety. In the event that this happens, you have a very short window to take action to seek the return of your license. If you fail to act within these timeframes, your ability to fight the revocation in court may be lost. When you find yourself facing an adverse action against your license such as revocation, suspension, or cancellation, it is critical that you contact an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Even if you have been given a ticket that sets your court date out for some time, it is important that you consult with an attorney that has experience dealing with license forfeiture immediately to ensure that you do not lose any of your rights. Attorney Kurt J. Knuesel regularly represents clients that are facing these types of actions, with proven results. Knuesel Law Firm can you help you to protect your right to challenge the revocation, suspension, or cancellation. In certain cases, we can help you to effectuate the timely return of your driving privileges. Attorney Knuesel knows what to look for and how to appropriately challenge the State in those cases where your rights have been infringed upon. Attorney Knuesel can be reached at the Firm during regular business hours as well as after-hours and on weekends via our twenty-four hour access number. Call us today to ensure that your rights are protected.

Obstructing Legal Process

Whoever intentionally does any of the following is guilty of Obstructing the Legal Process:
(1) obstructs, hinders, or prevents the lawful execution of any legal process, civil or criminal, or apprehension of another on a charge or conviction of a criminal offense;
(2) obstructs, resists, or interferes with a peace officer while the officer is engaged in the performance of official duties;
(3) interferes with or obstructs a firefighter while the firefighter is engaged in the performance of official duties;
(4) interferes with or obstructs a member of an ambulance service personnel crew who is providing, or attempting to provide, emergency care; or
(5) by force or threat of force endeavors to obstruct any employee of the Department of Revenue while the employee is lawfully engaged in the performance of official duties for the purpose of deterring or interfering with the performance of those duties.

Depending on the circumstances, a person convicted of Obstructing the Legal Process can face penalties ranging from 90 days in jail to 5 years in prison. Regardless of the level of the offense charged, these types of crimes are very serious. In order to best build a defense against such charges, the earlier an experienced defense attorney is involved the better. Attorney Kurt J. Knuesel has years of experience representing individuals who have been charged with Obstructing the Legal Process. In addition to phone availability during regular business hours, Knuesel Law Firm maintains an after-hours contact number for consultations whenever the need arises. You have a right to speak with an attorney during all phases of a criminal investigation. Do not hesitate to tell law enforcement that you would like to speak with an attorney. Call Knuesel Law Firm today to discuss your rights and your options.

Orders for Protection

We provide representation regarding all forms of restraining orders. The firm represents persons who desire to obtain a Court order as a result of domestic violence. It also defends persons who have had false or exaggerated claims made against them. When you are being harassed, it can dominate your entire life. If you are constantly worried about running into the person who is harassing you or if you have changed your own habits because of the actions of that person, it may be time to explore the option of filing a petition for a restraining order. If that time has come, you need to understand that the rules of civil procedure and evidence apply to the proceedings. It is important that you consult with an attorney who is experienced in representing individuals who have been involved in the restraining order process. Attorney Kurt J. Knuesel routinely represents both people who file for restraining orders and people who are named in those petitions. In either instance, Attorney Knuesel has extensive experience guiding clients through the process to obtain the result that they are looking for. In many cases, Attorney Knuesel has represented clients who have been falsely accused in a petition for a restraining order. The reasons behind falsification of these types of petitions are many. It is not unusual for a party to a divorce proceeding to try to use the restraining order process to gain the upper hand in a custody battle or the divorce itself. In other cases, a former significant other with an axe to grind may try to take out their aggressions by filing a restraining order. In either case, it is imperative that the party against whom the order is sought takes immediate action to ensure their right to due process. If you fail to respond in a timely manner, you may lose the right to be heard at all with regard to the allegations that are contained in the petition. An attorney with experience in these types of proceedings can help to guide you through the process to ensure that your rights are protected and that you are given a fair chance to refute the allegations that have made against you. Whether you are in need of the protection that a restraining order offers or you have been named by someone else in a petition for a restraining order, call Knuesel Law Firm today to discuss your rights, the process, and your next step. In addition to being open each day during regular business hours, the Firm maintains an after-hour and weekend telephone number to better serve those that are in need of immediate assistance.

Probation Violations

Probation can be ordered in lieu of or in addition to serving time in jail. It is designed to test the behavior of convicted offenders and their ability to become active law-abiding residents of the community. With years of experience handling many probation cases, we know a probation violation is not something you want to take lightly or try to handle on your own. The consequences can be severe. In most cases, if you are found to have violated your probation, you may be sentenced to serve all or some of the original stayed sentence in jail or prison. Probation violations are not something that should be taken lightly. If your probation agent has told you that he or she is planning to file a violation report, you should consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately. You should seek the counsel of an attorney who has extensive experience in representing clients who have been accused of violating the terms of their probation. The sooner you consult with an attorney, the earlier you will be able to mount a defense against accusations that may result in incarceration. Whether you think you may have done something wrong or you know you haven’t, you need to start preparing your defense as soon as possible. An experienced criminal defense attorney can help you to avoid being taken into custody as a result of the violation report as well as help you obtain the best result possible. Attorney Kurt J. Knuesel has represented hundreds of clients who have been accused of violating their probation. Attorney Knuesel has extensive experience representing clients who are facing felony, gross misdemeanor, and misdemeanor violations. If you are facing a probation violation, contact Knuesel Law Firm today to discuss your options. In addition to maintaining regular business hours, the Firm also offers an after-hours and weekends phone number to assist those who need legal services at other times. Whenever you find yourself in need of legal services, Knuesel Law Firm is there for you.

Registration Offenses

Most people who are convicted of any predatory offense, including violent crimes and sex crimes, may be required to register as a sex offender. The rules regarding registration are extremely rigid and can be confusing. The penalties for failing to comply with these regulations are severe. Lengthy prison terms and life-time registration are just a few of the consequences that one can face if convicted of a registration offense. Even on a first offense, the current law in the State of Minnesota establishes a mandatory minimum penalty of one year and one day in prison. That is the minimum. The penalty can be far more severe based on the circumstances of each case. Since so much is at stake it is extremely important to be represented by an attorney who is knowledgeable in this area of law. Attorney Kurt J. Knuesel routinely represents individuals who have been charged with registration offenses. Attorney Knuesel has developed several defense strategies for dealing with these types of charges and can help our clients avoid the severe consequences that follow a conviction. In many cases, Attorney Knuesel has been able to resolve these types of cases in a manner that avoids both trial and the mandatory minimum sentence. Call Knuesel Law Firm today to discuss how Attorney Knuesel’s experience and proven results can be of benefit to you.

Self Defense

Self-Defense is probably the most common defense used in assault cases. The defense of Self-Defense is complicated and can be very difficult to litigate. Attorney Kurt J. Knuesel has successfully argued Self-Defense claims and has achieved acquittals for his clients based on those arguments. Your ability to put forth a proper Self-Defense defense can hinge on the statements that you make to law enforcement. It is imperative that you contact an experienced criminal defense attorney who has demonstrated an ability to successfully raise the defense of Self-Defense at trial. You have the right to speak with an attorney at any time during a criminal investigation. Knuesel Law Firm is available during regular business hours as well as after-hours and on weekends. Call us today for a free consultation to see if the defense of Self-Defense may be appropriate in your case.

Sexual Misconduct

Few crimes carry the social stigma of Criminal Sexual Conduct Crimes. If convicted of such a crime, a person will likely suffer negative consequences for the rest of their life. A person convicted of the crime of Criminal Sexual Conduct can expect to be sentenced anywhere from one year in prison and a $3,000.00 fine to thirty (30) years in prison and a $40,000.00 fine. In addition to lengthy prison terms, a person convicted of Sex Crimes can be required to register as sexual offender, in some cases for the rest of their lives. Incarceration for Sex Crimes can also subject a person to the extremely serious civil commitment process and potential designation as a Sexually Dangerous Person. Such a designation can subject the designee to lifetime confinement in a State Hospital. Any person charged with Criminal Sexual Conduct or Possession of Child Pornography should contact a criminal attorney with experience in defending clients charged with Sex Crimes. Attorney Kurt J. Knuesel has defended numerous clients who have been charged with all levels of Sex Crimes. Attorney Knuesel provides aggressive and experienced representation for all clients, including those charged with serious Sex Crimes. Attorney Knuesel has obtained not guilty verdicts from juries in several high level Sex Crime cases. In order to best build a defense against such charges, the earlier an experienced defense attorney is involved the better. In addition to phone availability during regular business hours, Knuesel Law Firm maintains an after-hours contact number for consultations whenever the need arises. You have a right to speak with an attorney during all phases of a criminal investigation. Do not hesitate to tell law enforcement that you would like to speak with an attorney. Call Knuesel Law Firm today to discuss your rights and your options.

Solicitation/Internet Crimes

Internet offenses, such as Internet solicitation, are serious crimes with devastating consequences. On top of the embarrassment of the inevitable publicity that comes with these type of offenses, there are also collateral consequences that can be very costly. In some cases, the government may seize your personal property, including your computer and even your motor vehicle. The government is very aggressive in their efforts to charge and convict for these particular crimes, often times posting sexually suggestive ads to put them in contact with individuals who they later charge with solicitation type offenses. If you find yourself in a situation where you believe that you are being investigated for this or any other type of crime, it is important that you consult as soon as possible with an experienced criminal attorney. Attorney Kurt J. Knuesel has extensive experience representing clients charges with all types of criminal offenses. Attorney Knuesel can also help you with the collateral consequences that you may face as a result of these types of charges. Remember that you do have a right to speak with attorney at any point during a criminal investigation. This is a right that you should exercise regardless of when and where you are being investigated. Knuesel Law Firm maintains an after-hours and emergency phone line to better provide legal services to our clients whenever they need it. Call the Firm today to put Attorney Knuesel's experience and proven results to work for you.

 

Stalking

"Stalking" means to engage in conduct which the actor knows or has reason to know would cause the victim under the circumstances to feel frightened, threatened, oppressed, persecuted, or intimidated, and causes this reaction on the part of the victim regardless of the relationship between the actor and victim. A conviction for Stalking can have very serious consequences. Depending on the circumstances, a person with such a conviction can expect to be sentenced to serve up to ten years in prison. A fine of up to $20,000.00 can also be imposed. In addition to these punitive consequences, a person convicted of stalking may also lose their right to vote, run for office, or possess firearms for the rest of their lives. Any person charged with Criminal Sexual Conduct or Possession of Child Pornography should contact a criminal attorney with experience in defending clients charged with Sex Crimes. Attorney Kurt J. Knuesel has defended numerous clients who have been charged with all levels of Stalking Crimes. Attorney Knuesel provides aggressive and experienced representation for all clients, including those charged with serious Stalking Crimes. In order to best build a defense against such charges, the earlier an experienced defense attorney is involved the better. In addition to phone availability during regular business hours, Knuesel Law Firm maintains an after-hours contact number for consultations whenever the need arises. You have a right to speak with an attorney during all phases of a criminal investigation. Do not hesitate to tell law enforcement that you would like to speak with an attorney. Call Knuesel Law Firm today to discuss your rights and your options.

Terroristic Threats

Whoever threatens, directly or indirectly, to commit any crime of violence with purpose to terrorize another or to cause evacuation of a building, place of assembly, vehicle or facility of public transportation or otherwise to cause serious public inconvenience, or in a reckless disregard of the risk of causing such terror or inconvenience may be sentenced to imprisonment for not more than five years or to payment of a fine of not more than $10,000, or both. In many cases, people are not aware of the exposure to criminal liability they may face just for saying something in a moment of rage or anger. Under the right circumstances, an off-hand remark such as “I’m going kill you” or “I’m going to beat you” can form the basis for a charge of terroristic threats. In addition to the penalties outlined above, a conviction for this offense can subject a person to loss of firearms privileges, loss of voting privileges, and even deportation depending on immigration status. These types of charges are serious and should not be taken lightly. If you have been charged with Terroristic Threats or believe that you will be, you should immediately contact a criminal defense attorney with experience in representing clients charged with these types of crimes. Attorney Kurt J. Knuesel is an experienced criminal defense attorney who has extensive experience representing individuals charged with Terroristic Threats. Attorney Knuesel can be reached at Knuesel Law Firm during the day as well as through an after-hours access phone number. You have a right to speak with an attorney at any time during a criminal investigation. It is imperative that you exercise that right whether you think you may have done something wrong or whether you are certain that you haven’t.

Theft Crimes

Having theft charges brought against you can affect both your personal and professional life. The consequences of these types of offenses can be severe. Depending on the circumstances, people convicted of theft can find themselves facing penalties that range from a small fine all the way up to imprisonment for up to 20 years or to payment of a fine of up to $100,000 or both. In addition, theft is considered a crime of dishonesty and even a low level conviction can cause life-long consequences as an obstacle to educational or occupational aspirations. Regardless of the severity of the offense it is important that you fully understand the charges, your rights, and the potential consequences of the charges you face. In many cases, your case will hinge on your interactions with law enforcement. Remember that you do have a right to consult with an attorney at all times during a criminal investigation. If you simply tell law enforcement that you wish to speak with an attorney, they will stop the interview to allow you to do so. At that point, you should contact an attorney who as experience in these types of cases. Attorney Kurt J. Knuesel has successfully handled many types of theft defense cases involving felonies and misdemeanors. In all cases, Attorney Knuesel will be sure that you understand what you are charged with, your rights, and your options. Whether the case eventually goes to trial, is dismissed, or resolved through a plea negotiation, Attorney Knuesel will fight to help you obtain the best result possible under the circumstances. Call Knuesel Law Firm today to discuss your case. If you need to contact Attorney Knuesel outside of regular business hours, the Firm maintains an after-hours and weekend telephone number to better serve your needs. Do not hesitate to contact us at any time.

Wildlife/DNR violations

Have you been charged with a DNR offense? No matter how your citation has been issued, it is a serious problem that must be addressed properly. The current Fish and Game laws are extremely complex. In many cases, people are charged with crimes that they didn’t even know that they were committing. To make matters worse, a conviction for a Fish or Game violation can have unexpected consequences. In addition to hefty fines and forfeiture of expensive property, the government may prohibit you from hunting or fishing for several years. Don’t take these types of offenses lightly. Be sure that you have your case evaluated by an experienced attorney who fully understands the type of activity you were engaged in when you were ticketed as well as the seriousness of the consequences that you face. As an avid outdoorsman, Attorney Kurt J. Knuesel takes these consequences very seriously. Having hunted and fished since he was very young, Attorney Knuesel understands how important these activities are to people who are charged with these types of offenses. He will fight for you to ensure that your don’t lose the privilege of being able to engage in your favorite form of outdoor recreation. If you are charged with a Fish or Game violation, it is important that you have your case evaluated by an experienced attorney who understands the outdoors and the law. Attorney Knuesel has years of experience in the outdoors as well as representing clients who have been charged by the DNR with these types of offense. Knuesel Law Firm will fight for you and your rights to hunt and fish.

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