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.

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.


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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.