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Skilled Defense Against Driving-Related Criminal Charges

The state of Minnesota can bring criminal charges against a driver who operates a vehicle in a manner that causes serious bodily harm to another. These charges can be extremely serious – including felony level offenses – and require strong, aggressive representation from a law firm that’s dedicated to criminal defense.

At Carlson & Jones, P.A., our attorneys have over 70 years of combined experience helping people in Minnesota with legal issues such as criminal vehicular operation. Our legal team offers dedicated representation and provides clients with the defense they deserve, starting with a free initial consultation.

What Is Criminal Vehicular Operation?

In the state of Minnesota, the charge of criminal vehicular operation (CVO) can encompass a wide variety of circumstances that cause serious bodily harm to another, including:

  • Operating a vehicle in a grossly negligent manner
  • Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Operating a vehicle in a way that leads to serious bodily harm
  • Knowingly driving a vehicle that is defective
  • Leaving the scene of an accident where an injury occurred

These are only a few of the many situations that can lead to someone being charged with criminal vehicular operation. And the penalties for a conviction of criminal vehicular operation can be severe. For this reason, people who are charged with criminal vehicular operation should seek experienced legal counsel.

The Penalties For A CVO Conviction Are Severe

If you or a loved one is facing charges of criminal vehicular operation, it’s important to understand the potential penalties for a conviction. Criminal vehicular operation can be charged as either a gross misdemeanor or felony offense.

felony charge is classified as conduct that leads to great bodily harm (meaning harm that creates a serious probability of death or permanent damage). If convicted, a person can face up to five years in prison.

gross misdemeanor charge is classified as an injury that leads to harm that is less than great bodily harm. It is punishable by up to one year in jail.

Discuss Your Case With Us In A Free Consultation

When the stakes are high, it’s important to turn to a dedicated legal team that can provide the strongest defense possible. If you are facing a charge of criminal vehicular operation, please contact our experienced legal team today at 855-762-6548 to learn more about how we can help you.