You moved and forgot to update the address on your Minnesota driver’s license. It turns out that you can get charged with a crime for that. You pleaded guilty, paid a $100 fine, and promised to stay out of trouble for six months. No big deal, right?
It might be.
It might be if, say, you’re trying to acquire or manage an insurance company. Or if you’re a commercial motor vehicle operator who has a commercial driver’s license – you may need to inform the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. These are called collateral consequences.
And it quickly gets more serious. You walked out of a store, forgot to pay for something you’d picked up, and have been charged with theft. It’s just a misdemeanor, and pleading guilty seems like the simplest, quickest, and cheapest thing. It’ll put it behind you, at least.
But this very common charge can have extremely serious consequences far beyond what a prosecutor is likely to tell you about. If you’re a doctor, a nurse, a personal care assistant (PCA), or work in a similar job, pleading guilty may cause you to be barred from working in your field for years. For everyone else, it can cause you to fail a background check, resulting in your not being hired for a job or not getting an apartment. It can even prevent you from being registered as a sports agent – meaning that no one’s going to let you show them the money.
What seem like “minor”criminal charges can turn your life upside down. At Liebow & Liebling, PLLC, we can help protect you from collateral consequences of criminal offenses or minimize them through processes like criminal expungement.
Welcome to Liebow & Liebling, PLLC!
David L. Liebow and Tina Liebling are proud and excited to announce the opening of Liebow & Liebling, PLLC. We serve southeastern Minnesota, offering relentless representation for people involved with the criminal justice system and related cases and in civil and criminal appeals.