Mr. Peterson gets first degree drug case tossed before trial!

On May 26, 2014, Mr. Peterson helped a client get a first degree drug case thrown out.  First degree drug crimes are the most serious of all drug offenses in Minnesota.  A person convicted of first degree drugs faces a minimum prison sentence of 74 months; more if they have a criminal history.

In this case Mr. Peterson knew that the cops had gotten the wrong man.  The client was a passenger in a vehicle with two other people, innocently hitching a ride to Grand Casino in the front passenger seat.  The vehicle was stopped by law enforcement because of a traffic violation.  Cops found a large amount of narcotics in the back seat of the vehicle.  All occupants were charged.

Although the police found no evidence of drugs on the client’s person, the two occupants tried to pin the crime on him.  Mr. Peterson knew better and aggressively pushed the case to a jury trial.  He accepted no plea offers, and the prosecutor dismissed the case before trial.

If you are facing a serious felony case, you need a lawyer who isn’t afraid to do what’s right.  Mr. Peterson is never afraid to take your case to trial and fight for your freedom!

Have questions? We offer free consultations to all potential clients. Call (612)269-1902, email at christian@crplaw.com or complete our free case evaluation form.

Mr. Peterson gets serious drug case thrown out!

On May 29, 2014, Mr. Peterson helped his client receive a complete dismissal of all drug charges against him.  The client had been charged with possessing a trace amount of methamphetamine, which police found on a pipe in his bathroom during a search.  The client had a prior conviction for drug crimes, meaning that a conviction here would result in a minimum of 180 days in jail.  Client wanted to avoid another conviction at all costs!

The client’s mother had let the police into his home, and the police tackled and search the client and the bathroom when he tried to run away.  Mr. Peterson successfully argued that the client had a right to refuse a search of his person and surrounding area even though his mother had let police in.  Police were also unable to prove that the pipe contained any methamphetamine.  As a result, the prosecutor dismissed drug charges.

If you are charged with a felony drug crime, the stakes are extremely high. You should aggressively investigate all the evidence against you, as the facts don’t always add up.  Mr. Peterson has the experience and knowledge that will help you get the best result in your case.

Have questions? We offer free consultations to all potential clients. Call (612)269-1902, email at christian@crplaw.com or complete our free case evaluation form.

Princeton man avoids prison on a serious arson crime!

On May 1, 2014, Mr. Peterson successfully argued to keep his client out of all prison and jail time after a conviction for first degree arson.  First degree arson is the most serious kind of arson, which alleges that a defendant sets fire to a residential dwelling.  It is normally punished with a minimum prison sentence of 74 months.

The State had alleged that his client burned his own house down in order to collect insurance money.  Despite that, Mr. Peterson was able to convince the judge and prosecutor that substantial mitigating factors existed to put his client on probation.  His client prior to the offense had become disabled and developed severe mental health problems to the point that he needed to be placed in assisted living.  Mr. Peterson arranged for the client to serve out any sentence in the assisted living facility on house arrest.  The client never set foot in a jail or prison.

If you are facing a serious charge like arson, the stakes are extremely high.  The State will do their best to put you in prison for a long time.  Mr. Peterson has the experience and knowledge to make sure you keep your freedom.

Have questions? We offer free consultations to all potential clients. Call (612)269-1902, email at christian@crplaw.com or complete our free case evaluation form.

Christian Peterson honored as one of the Top 40 Under 40 Criminal Defense Lawyers in Minnesota!

This month Mr. Peterson was named to the American Society of Legal Advocate’s list of Top 40 Under 40 Criminal Defense Attorney’s in Minnesota.

 

The American Society of Legal Advocates (ASLA) accepts less than two percent of all licensed lawyers in the nation as members; and membership is by invitation only. Candidates are assessed for membership based on educational accomplishments, involvement and leadership within professional affiliations and their community, as well as demonstrated legal achievement.

According to ASLA, the Top 40 Lawyers Under 40 list “identifies and recognizes lawyers demonstrating leadership and talent early on in their careers, not only in their practice, but in exemplifying the characteristics that will demonstrate the best that the legal profession has to offer.”

If you are facing criminal charges, you shouldn’t trust your case to just any lawyer.  Mr. Peterson has been nationally recognized as a top criminal defense attorney.  He has the knowledge and experience to get you results.

Have questions? We offer free consultations to all potential clients. Call (612)269-1902, email at christian@crplaw.com or complete our free case evaluation form.

Scott County man avoids conviction and jail time for serious felony DWI!

On September 20, 2013 in Scott County, Minnesota, Mr. Peterson successfully obtained a result for a client where his felony DWI charges were amended to a less serious crime, and he received no jail time.  The client was originally charged with felony criminal vehicular operation for seriously injuring his passenger during an ATV accident.  The client also tested over twice the legal limit for alcohol.

Though the evidence against the client was quite substantial, Mr. Peterson was able to convince a prosecutor that a recent Supreme Court case called McNeely v. Missouri applied to the case.  In that case, the court suppressed an involuntary blood draw from the defendant because the police did not first obtain a search warrant.  As the police officer in his client’s case informed the client that he would take his blood “whether he consented or not”, he argued that this case was similar and the cop should have gotten a warrant.  The prosecutor agreed and amended charges down to a gross misdemeanor.  Mr. Peterson was further able to convince a judge that his client should not do any jail time, though the prosecutor was asking for 45 days.  The judge agreed and gave him community service instead.

If you have been charged with DWI, you don’t want to hire just any attorney.  You need an attorney that is on the cutting edge of the law.  Mr. Peterson has the experience and knowledge to make the arguments that will be successful in your case.

Have additional questions? We offer free consultations to all potential clients. Call (612)269-1902, email at christian@crplaw.com or complete our free case evaluation form.

St. Paul man gets felony domestic assault charge dismissed!

On November 1, 2013 in Ramsey County, Minnesota, Mr. Peterson helped his client avoid a conviction for felony domestic assault by strangulation.  The client had originally been represented by the public defender, who told the client that he had no shot at getting the charges dismissed.  He told the client to take a deal that would convict him of a felony domestic assault, and subject him to up to 60 days in jail.  He fired his public defendant and hired Mr. Peterson, who quickly went to work.

Mr. Peterson’s client was accused of strangling his girlfriend during the course of an argument.  At first blush, the evidence against the client seemed overwhelming.  However, Mr. Peterson went over the evidence with a fine-toothed comb and found that some of the evidence was obtained in violation of his client’s Miranda rights.  Mr. Peterson sought and won suppression of those statements, which composed a large part of the State’s case against his client.  Without those statements, the State offered his client a plea to a misdemeanor assault charge instead.

If you have been charged with a crime, you do not have to take whatever resolution the State gives you.  You need an advocate to get you the best deal possible.  Mr. Peterson has the experience and knowledge that will help you get you what you deserve.

Have additional questions? We offer free consultations to all potential clients. Call (612)269-1902, email at christian@crplaw.com or complete our free case evaluation form.

Mr. Peterson protects St. Paul man’s Miranda rights!

On August 22, 2013 in Ramsey County, Minnesota, Mr. Peterson successfully argued that the police involuntarily coerced his client into making incriminating statements about the crimes he allegedly committed.  In early May 2013, Mr. Peterson’s client was involved in a domestic dispute with his then girlfriend.  The girlfriend accused Mr. Peterson’s client of choking her during the incident, whereas Mr. Peterson’s client claimed the fight was mutual in nature.  The girlfriend called the police, and Mr. Peterson’s client left the residence.

Upon arrival, the police called the client and told him that he needed to return to the scene or he would be arrested.  After returning, police handcuffed Mr. Peterson’s client and put him in the back of a squad car for several minutes.  Police then proceeded to interrogate him in the back of the car without first reading him his Miranda rights.  The client gave several incriminating statements, which the police used to arrest him for domestic assault.

After arresting the client, the police proceeded to take him to the Ramsey County jail and hold him for a period of several hours.  An investigator then pulled him into an interrogation room and asked him to give another statement; this time after having him read and sign a Miranda rights form.  The client gave a statement that was nearly identical to the first.

At the contested hearing, the police claimed that they did not need to read the client his Miranda rights because he wasn’t under arrest.  They further argued that regardless, they eventually read him the Miranda warning while in jail, which the client signed.  However, Mr. Peterson convinced the judge that although his client wasn’t under arrest, he was deprived of his freedom to leave such that he thought he was being detained.  Furthermore, he also convinced the judge that both statements should be suppressed since the police used the previous illegal statement to get the second, Mirandized statement from his client.

This victory resulted in the client’s statements being suppressed, meaning that they could not be used in trial.  Without this evidence, the prosecutor had substantially less ability to convict Mr. Peterson’s client at trial, and offered him a favorable plea bargain.

The text of the order can be found here:

Judge Diamond Confession Suppression Order

Another Missouri v. McNeely victory for Mr. Peterson!

On July 3, 2013 in Dakota County, Minnesota, Mr. Peterson successfully argued that his client’s driver’s license revocation should be rescinded as his breath was tested for alcohol without a search warrant in violation of Missouri v. McNeely.  Missouri v. McNeely is a new case handed down from the Supreme Court of the United States.  It represents a sea-change in the area of DWI investigation for police officers.  Whereas police felt prior to the case that they were able to invade a suspect’s personal liberties and test their breath, blood, or urine for alcohol at will, the Supreme Court has told them that they need to obtain a warrant before doing so.

In Minnesota, prosecutors and the Attorney General have been arguing that this case is not applicable because Minnesota has a so-called Implied Consent law.  According to this law, all drivers on Minnesota roads consent to invasive testing of their bodies for alcohol simply by driving on the road.  Therefore they claim that no warrant is required because any invasion of a driver’s body by the police is concentual.

Mr. Peterson is on the forfront of this issue, and is one of the first attorneys in Minnesota to convince a judge that the Implied Consent law is unconstitutional.  Mr. Peterson argued that since the police did not obtain a warrant prior to testing his client’s breath for alcohol, that they violated his client’s fourth amendment right to be free from illegal searches and seizures.  The judge agreed, and gave his client his driver’s license immediately (which had been revoked because his client tested over the legal limit).

A full text of the court’s order can be found here:

McNeely Order

If you have been charged with DWI, you don’t want to hire just any attorney.  You need an attorney that is on the cutting edge of the law.  Mr. Peterson has the experience and knowledge to make the arguments that will be successful in your case.

Have additional questions? We offer free consultations to all potential clients. Call (612)269-1902, email at christian@crplaw.com or complete our free case evaluation form.

Robbinsdale man avoids conviction and jail time on serious felony assault

On July 10, 2013 in Hennepin County, Minnesota, Mr. Peterson helped his client avoid a conviction for felony domestic assault by strangulation.  He also helped his client avoid doing any jail time, even though the prosecutor had wanted him to do 60 days.  His client pled instead to a misdemeanor assault and will do a small amount of community work service.

Mr. Peterson’s client was accused of strangling his girlfriend and slapping her after getting into a drunken argument.  Mr. Peterson reviewed the State’s case and felt that the alleged victim’s story did not match up with the rest of the case.  Mr. Peterson tracked down and interviewed the alleged victim, who told him that she had made up a story in order to avoid violating her probation.

Mr. Peterson brought this evidence to the prosecutor and the prosecutor initially balked at this claim.  The prosecutor then offered a plea deal that Mr. Peterson knew was much too severe.  Mr. Peterson called the prosecutor’s bluff and aggressively negotiated for a misdemeanor charge with no jail time.

If you have been charged with a crime, you do not have to take whatever resolution the State gives you.  You need an advocate to get you the best deal possible.  Mr. Peterson has the experience and knowledge that will help you get you what you deserve.

Have additional questions? We offer free consultations to all potential clients. Call (612)269-1902, email at christian@crplaw.com or complete our free case evaluation form.

Mr. Peterson helps Rogers man avoid conviction for Harassment Order Violation

On July 17, 2013 in Hennepin County, Minnesota, Mr. Peterson obtained a plea agreement for his client known as a continuance for dismissal on charges of violating a harassment restraining order.  This is one of the best results a defendant can get in a criminal case.  The defendant is not required to enter a plea of guilty.  Rather, the case is suspended for a period of time under certain conditions.  If the defendant fulfills those conditions, the matter is dismissed as though it never happened.

In this case, Mr. Peterson’s client was accused of contacting his ex in violation of a harassment restraining order.  The prosecutor alleged that his client had sent an email to his ex’s father, which was so-called “third party contact”.  However, Mr. Peterson showed the prosecutor that his client did not intend to have the father contact his ex on his behalf.  He also showed that his client’s statements were too vague and ambiguous to be construed as such.  The prosecutor agreed and suspended the case on the condition he abide by the restraining order in the future.

Just because you have been charged with a crime does not mean you are guilty.  The State has to prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt.  Mr. Peterson has the experience and knowledge that will help you fight every aspect of your case, and get you what you deserve.

Have additional questions? We offer free consultations to all potential clients. Call (612)269-1902, email at christian@crplaw.com or complete our free case evaluation form.