Rochester Misdemeanor and Felony Defense Attorney

Olmsted County Criminal Lawyer

All criminal matters are classified as a misdemeanor or a felony. Though misdemeanors are often the less serious offenses, it is important that those who are facing any type of criminal charge take them seriously and enlist the assistance of a skilled criminal defense lawyer at Walters & Wintering, Ltd. Attorney Michael Walters leads our firm in providing comprehensive criminal defense representation that is tailored to each client’s case and needs.

Attorney Michael Walters is available 24/7 to discuss your case. Call (507) 281-5872 for a free evaluation or contact our firm online.


  • Minnesota misdemeanors: A misdemeanor is the lowest level of crime in Minnesota. It can result in up to three months of jail time, but that rarely happens unless you already have a criminal record. Unlike felonies and gross misdemeanors, which are prosecuted by the county attorney, misdemeanors are usually prosecuted by the city where they allegedly happened.
  • Minnesota gross misdemeanors: Gross misdemeanors are more serious than misdemeanors. Many types of gross misdemeanors happen if you commit the same misdemeanor twice within a certain amount of time. For example, if you are convicted of two DWIs within 10 years, the first is a misdemeanor and the second is a gross misdemeanor.


Felonies are the most serious crimes in Minnesota. They can be punished by imprisonment, and judges use the Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines to determine what your sentence will be. If you are convicted of a felony, you can lose some of your key rights, including the rights to have a firearm and to vote.

Other Related Criminal Issues

  • Implied consent: An implied consent is not technically a criminal case, but it comes with every DWI. When you are accused of DWI, your driver’s license will be taken away. You and your lawyer must start the judicial proceeding to get it back. If you don’t, you risk many of the same consequences as the DWI itself, including higher insurance rates and difficulty finding a job.
  • Forfeiture: A forfeiture is not a criminal case, but a property dispute that goes with a criminal case. When you are arrested for certain crimes, police might take your property and say you have “forfeited” it by committing a crime. When this happens, you must argue in civil court to get it back.

Contact a Rochester Misdemeanor and Felony Defense Lawyer

To schedule a free initial consultation, call (507) 281-5872, or simply contact us online. Our Minnesota criminal defense attorney at Walters & Wintering, Ltd., can review your case and determine the best way in which to proceed. We can help you create a future that will work for you. We accept credit cards for our clients’ convenience.