Minnesota Juvenile Lawyer & Juvenile Defense Attorney2021-04-12T18:33:20+00:00

Minneapolis Juvenile Crimes Attorney

Juvenile Delinquency Defense Lawyer Minneapolis, Minnesota

An arrest of a minor child is certainly one of the most upsetting situations faced by any family.  Since different laws are applicable to minors, it is important that in the case of a juvenile crime accusation, you hire the services of a Minnesota juvenile crimes lawyer such as Lynne Torgerson who handles juvenile cases and juvenile delinquency.  If you are committed towards providing your minor child with the best legal representation, then decide to retain the excellent services of Minnesota Juvenile Crimes Attorney, Lynne Torgerson.

Depending on the severity of the juvenile charge, the case can remain in juvenile jurisdiction or be certified to an adult criminal court; or, it may be certified to extended juvenile jurisdiction.  Since the penalties and consequences associated with the adult criminal courts are more critical, it is quintessential that you protect the rights and future of your child by retaining the services of a Minnesota Juvenile Crimes Attorney who is not only an expert in handling juvenile court cases but can also provide an excellent defense to your child, in both juvenile and adults courts.

A lawyer to call for same is Lynne Torgerson, Esq., who has with excellence successfully handled juvenile cases in her legal career of over 29 years.

Different Types Of Juvenile Crimes

As a Minnesota juvenile lawyer of repute, Lynne Torgerson has expertise and qualification to help protect your child from the legal snares in the case of juvenile charges such as: 

  • Assault
  • Burglary
  • Theft/Shoplifting
  • Drug possession
  • Consumption of alcohol by a minor/underage drinking
  • Vandalism
  • Probation violation/Parole violation
  • Terroristic Threats
  • Criminal sexual conduct
  • Firearms
  • Aggravated robbery
  • Disorderly conduct, etc.

Whatever be the charge, you should not take chances with your child’s future.  And only through the support, advocacy and experience of a diligent lawyer on your side, can you best protect your minor child’s legal interests.

Juvenile Crime Defense Attorney 

Many parents are unaware of the fact that an adjudication or conviction is documented in the child’s record in the State’s juvenile cases.  While an expungement can seal the record from public view, there is no way in which the conviction can actually be omitted.  This implies that the individual’s criminal record is accessible to government authorities such as police, immigration officers and judges in specific circumstances.  In such a situation, the support of a Minnesota juvenile crime defense attorney who leaves no stone unturned to get the charges dismissed can certainly help your cause of safeguarding your child’s future.

While too many of the juvenile lawyers prefer to set a limited expectation from juvenile cases, Minnesota Juvenile Defense attorneys such as Lynne Torgerson firmly believe in protecting and preserving the rights and interests of the minor child.  She is compassionate and sensitive towards the feelings of her clients, and she understands that every defense move of hers could leave a lasting impression on the life of the child and his family.  Through hard-work and right preparation, she wishes to ensure that the outcome is a positive one.

Minnesota Juvenile Defense Attorney Lynne Torgerson wins juvenile court jurisdiction in 2nd degree assault with dangerous weapon firearm case

Ms. Torgerson’s juvenile client, seventeen (17) years old, was charged in Ramsey County Juvenile Court with three (3)  counts of 2nd degree assault with a dangerous weapon, a firearm, for shooting into an upstairs apartment in which at least three (3) persons were present.  The State sought to certify the matter to adult court.  The defense opposed same.  Ms. Torgerson won an agreement from the State to keep the case in juvenile court, the State would waive its motion to certify the case to adult court, have the juvenile plead guilty to one (1) count, adjudicate on one (1) count, dismiss courts two (2) and three (3), with return to home and sixty (60) days electronic home monitoring.  The resolution should allow the juvenile to graduate from his high school, and, enter the military.  The Honorable Adam C. Yang, Ramsey County District Court, presided.  Well done Ms. Torgerson.

SUCCESS:  Minnesota Juvenile Defense Lawyer Lynne Torgerson successfully averts prosecution of juvenile client

Ms. Torgerson was hired to represent a juvenile male charged with minor possession of alcohol and disorderly conduct out of the County of Dakota, State of Minnesota.  A person who is under 18 years old at the time of an offense will be charged in Juvenile Court.  Ms. Torgerson sought out programs where he client could keep his record clean.  Keeping one’s record clean of juvenile offenses is important for one’s future, both for schooling and employment.  Fortunately for Ms. Torgerson’s client he was allowed to successfully complete a diversion program, whereby the case was kept out of juvenile court and his record was kept clean, thereby helping to protect his future prospects for both college and employment.  Well done Ms. Torgerson!

Minnesota Juvenile Delinquency Lawyer Lynne Torgerson obtains dismissal of 5th degree misdemeanor assault case in Ramsey County Juvenile Court

Defendant was a seventeen (17) year old female juvenile.  She was charged with 5th degree assault.  It was alleged she assaulted another female juvenile.  Ms. Torgerson’s client had long term career plans of going to school to become a nurse and becoming a nurse.  A conviction of a misdemeanor assault may have caused a seven (7) year disqualification.  The disqualification also applies to schooling.  Thus, any conviction resulting in a disqualification could have caused a significant seven (7) year delay in beginning college to become a nurse, and her career as a nurse.  Fortunately, Ms. Torgerson obtained a dismissal of the case from the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office.  Accordingly, Ms. Torgerson’s client did not plead guilty to anything crime, and she was not convicted/adjudicated of any crime, whereby her record remained clean.  She was also able to immediately begin schooling and pursing her career in nursing.  Well done Ms. Torgerson.

CASE LAW UPDATE:  United States Supreme Court rules that an automatic life sentence for juvenile offender is unconstitutional

In a hugely important case, in Miller v. Alabama, the United States Supreme Court ruled that an automatic life sentence for a juvenile delinquent is unconstitutional.  The reasoning is that juveniles’ still developing brains make them more prone to immaturity, impetuosity, and failure to appreciate risks and consequences.  The juvenile defense lawyer representing the juvenile did a good job on this case.

CASE LAW UPDATE:  State’s motion to certify a juvenile to adult court  

Defendant challenged the trial court’s order certifying proceedings for adult criminal prosecution on the charge of 3rd degree criminal sexual conduct.  Defendant argued that the trial court abused its discretion when it applied the wrong legal standard based on the belief that the longer supervision time in  the adult system is always better for public safety.  The Minnesota Court of Appeals concluded that the trial court did not abuse its discretion when it applied the presumption of certification and considered the six public safety factors required by statute.  Affirmed.

In re Welfare of TJC, A19-0521, Sibley County.

Minnesota Criminal Defense Lawyer Lynne Torgerson was not attorney of record in this case.

CASE LAW UPDATE:  Adjudication in best interests of child in juvenile delinquency case

Defendant juvenile was found guilty of sexually abusing his much younger sister and bribing her with candy to entice continuation of abuse.  The trial court adjudicated defendant juvenile guilty.  Defendant appealed adjudication.  The Minnesota Court of Appeals held that the trial court did not abuse its discretion in determining that adjudication was in juvenile’s best interests and that he posed a risk to public safety.  Affirmed.

In re E.P.T., A19-0579, Mille Lacs and Stearns Counties.

Minnesota Criminal Defense Lawyer Lynne Torgerson was not attorney of record in this case.

CASE LAW UPDATE:  Adjudication of felony in juvenile delinquency case

Juvenile defendant in juvenile case was adjudicated delinquent in his felony level case.  The trial court then continued his stay of adjudication on the gross misdemeanor case in his juvenile case.  The juvenile defendant appealed these sentence dispositions.  The Minnesota Court of Appeals held that a trial court may exercise its broad discretion to adjudicate a child as a delinquent in a felony level delinquency case while continuing a stay of adjudication in a gross misdemeanor case; a trial court is not required to adjudicate only the least severe delinquency offense.  Affirmed.

In re Welfare of C.A.R., A19-1022, Fillmore County.

Minnesota Criminal Defense Lawyer Lynne Torgerson was not attorney of record in this case.

CASE LAW UPDATE:  Juvenile was adjudicated delinquent because he ran out of time within which to complete treatment program

Juvenile was adjudicated delinquent.  The trial court had initially continued the juvenile’s case for 180 days without adjudication.  The trial court later again continued his case for an additional 180 days without adjudication.  The trial court then concluded that it was prohibited from further continuing juvenile’s case under Minn. Stat. §260B.198, subd. 7(a), whereby juvenile no longer had enough time for him to complete a new treatment program.  The Minnesota Court of Appeals held that the trial court correctly applied the statute and upheld the adjudication of delinquency.

In re Welfare of A.H.C., A19-1629, Cass County.

Minnesota Criminal Defense Lawyer Lynne Torgerson was not attorney of record in this case.

CASE LAW UPDATE:  Juvenile defendant appealed trial court’s order of restitution

Juvenile defendant was ordered to pay $1400.47 in restitution.  Juvenile defendant appealed.  Juvenile defendant argued that the trial court had failed to adequately consider his assertion that he lacked the ability to pay, which is a factor required to be considered.  The Minnesota Court of Appeals held that the trial court’s thorough opinion shows that it adequately considered whether juvenile defendant had the ability to pay.  Affirmed.

In re the Welfare of M.S.R., A19-468, Hennepin County.

Minnesota Criminal Defense Lawyer Lynne Torgerson was not attorney of record in this case.

CASE LAW UPDATE:  Whether it was proper to certify defendant’s criminal sexual conduct case to adult court? 

Defendant challenged his certification to stand trial as an adult for sexual misconduct he committed between the ages of 18 and 18.  Defendant was alleged to have sexually abused his cousin about 10 time beginning when she was 6 years old.  The Minnesota Court of appeals concluded that the trial court did not abuse its discretion by determining that clear and convincing evidence supported certification, noting that it was undisputed that defendant had significant mental health issues and needed sex offender treatment.  Affirmed.

In re WPB, A20-0018, Crow Wing County.

Minnesota Criminal Defense Lawyer Lynne Torgerson was not attorney of record in this case.

CASE LAW UPDATE:  Whether the revocation of extended juvenile jurisdiction (EJJ) status and execution of stayed adult sentence was proper?    

Defendant appealed the trial court’s order revoking his extended juvenile jurisdiction (EJJ) status and executing the stayed adult sentence.  Defendant had been adjudicated delinquent of second degree criminal sexual conduct and placed on probation.  Subsequently, he was charged with and found guilty of 3rd degree criminal sexual conduct.  This violated his condition to remain law abiding.  The Minnesota Court of Appeals concluded that the Austin findings were supported by clear and convincing evidence and were adequate to support the trial court’s revocation of defendant’s EJJ status.  Affirmed.

State v. L.P.K., A20-1155, Scott County.

Minnesota Criminal Defense Lawyer Lynne Torgerson was not attorney of record in this case.

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Our Minneapolis Juvenile Lawyers represent clients throughout Minnesota including Minneapolis, St. Paul, Twin Cities, Edina, Eden Prairie, Bloomington, Burnsville, Minneapolis, St Paul, Brooklyn Park, Brooklyn Center, Coon Rapids, Blaine, Maplegrove, Maplewood, Woodbury and Plymouth. Including, but not limited to, the counties of Hennepin County, Ramsey County, Anoka County, Dakota County,Washington County, Sherburne County, Wright County, Dakota County and Washington County, Carver County, Scott County, Wright County, Sherburne County, Isanti County,Chisago County and Stearns County. Lynne Torgerson represents clients throughout the entire State of Minnesota.

Contact Lynne Torgerson today at 612-339-5073 to schedule your free consultation. Our law firm can help you with our qualified Juvenile Lawyer in Minneapolis, Minnesota.