Criminal Law


Young Law has a personal approach to criminal law. We understand that being charged with a crime is a stressful time, and we do our best to help you during all stages of the legal process. This begins with taking the time and effort to fully understand your situation and analyze the happenings. As a result we can provide you with realistic insight into the upcoming legal proceedings and keep you informed regarding potential outcomes. Through consistent communication and regular updates our goal is to form a personal relationship with clients. When the actual court date does come, you can be completely confident in your legal representation given Jim Young’s 20 year history of litigation, alongside his experience as a mediator and work as a public defender in Rochester.

Levels of offenses and the legislation surrounding them differs from state to state. In Minnesota, there are four different levels of offenses that one can be charged with. For each offense there are different maximum sentences.

  • Petty Misdemeanor – fine up to $300, no jail time
  • Misdemeanor – fine up to $1,000, up to 90 days in county jail
  • Gross Misdemeanor – fine up to $3,000, up to a year in correctional facility
  • Felony Offense – significant fines and over a year in prison

Below is a list of common criminal offenses for which we provide representation:

  • Traffic Violations (Petty Misdemeanor)  
  • Minor in Possession (Misdemeanor)
  • DWI (Misdemeanor/Gross Misdemeanor)
  • Simple Assault (Misdemeanor/Gross Misdemeanor)
  • Theft (Misdemeanor/Gross Misdemeanor/Felony)
  • Possession of Controlled Substance
  • Distribution of Controlled Substance