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  • Client Charged with Five Felony Firearm Offenses Pleads Guilty to a Misdemeanor with No Jail Time

    Charge(s): 

    Kelly’s client retained her after being charged in Pine County with five serious felony counts, including Felony Second Degree Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (Firearm), Felony Possession of a Short-Barreled Shotgun, Felony Possession of a Firearm with a Serial Number Removed, Felony Terroristic Threats, and Felony Receiving Stolen Property. He was also charged with Gross Misdemeanor Obstruction of Legal Process for pointing a gun at the police, and  Misdemeanor Domestic Assault. Kelly was persistent in her approach to the case – she first challenged the state’s method for measuring the barrel of the shotgun involved, and challenged the state’s presumption a separate firearm was required to have a serial number. After a contested hearing where Kelly presented evidence, the state dismissed those two charges. She next challenged whether the state could prove her client knew or had reason to know a firearm he possessed was in fact stolen. Next, she attacked the credibility of the alleged victim in the case as to the assault and threats charges. After numerous court appearances and a two-year battle during the pandemic, her client pled guilty to Misdemeanor Obstruction of Legal Process Without Force for fighting with the cops, no jail time, and probation for one year. Her client had been facing three years in prison if convicted, and was relieved to finally put the ordeal behind him.  

    • Case Type: Five Felony Offenses: Felony 2nd Degree Assault with a Dangerous Weapon
    • County: Pine
    • Outcome: One Misdemeanor Obstruction Offense
  • Agreement to Suspend Prosecution for Client Charged with Theft

    Charge(s): 

    Kelly’s client was charged with Misdemeanor Theft for allegedly stealing merchandise from a Bath and Body Works in Maple Grove. Upon initial review, it appeared as if the prosecutor had an airtight case based on video surveillance and officer observations. Kelly dug deeper, however, and found out that her client was diagnosed with Covid the day after the incident, had a high fever causing delirium at the time, and had a gift certificate with her to pay for the items. After investigation and documenting her client’s medical condition, Kelly was eventually able to convince the prosecutor there was no intent to commit theft and negotiated a continuance for dismissal, which means her client admitted no wrongdoing and the charge will be dismissed in one year if she has no same or similar offenses in that time. Avoiding a plea or any admission of guilt was critical for the client who is a nurse and would be disqualified from having contact with patients by the Minnesota Department of Human Services if she were to admit to theft.

    • Case Type: Misdemeanor Theft
    • County: Hennepin
    • Outcome: Continued for Dismissal
  • Kelly Expunges Burglary Case for Client Training to be a Lineman

    Charge(s): 

    Kelly Keegan’s client hired her to expunge a burglary conviction he had received for stealing a four-wheeler for a joy ride with friends and breaking into a gas station while he was attending a camp in St. Louis County. He was now in training to become an electrical lineman and was concerned that he would lose opportunities for apprentice programs. In the past, he had lost other jobs and job opportunities as a result of the conviction.  Kelly was able to convince the judge that the expungement would provide a benefit to Petitioner. The expungement was granted so that Kelly’s client may now pursue his chosen career as a lineman.

    • Case Type: Expungement
    • County: St. Louis County
    • Outcome: Expungements Granted
  • Kelly Expunges Client’s Drug Case and Restores Her Gun Rights

    Charge(s): 

    Kelly Keegan’s client came to her to expunge a drug possession conviction from St. Louis County and also to restore her gun rights, since she was subject to a lifetime prohibition as a result of the conviction. Her client’s life had changed a great deal since the conviction – she had moved on from bad relationships, maintained sobriety, married and had kids. Yet she was still facing the effects of the convictions long after, including not being able to go hunting with her family, facing rejections of employment, and not being able to volunteer for Girl Scouts and other activities her children were involved with. Kelly convinced the judge to grant both motions. As a result, her client is now free of the burden of the past conviction and can once again hunt with her family, apply for jobs without fear of rejection, and participate in her kids’ activities.  

    • Case Type: Expungement and Gun Rights Restoration
    • County: St. Louis County
    • Outcome: Expungements Granted and Firearm Rights Restored
  • Truck Driver Has His Rights Restored So He Can Hunt With His Friends and Co-Workers

    Charge(s): 

    Kelly’s client had a difficult childhood and was convicted of Felony Fifth Degree Possession of Marijuana in Dakota County when he was twenty years old. Through hard work and perseverance he got ahead in life and remained law abiding, obtaining his CDL, and became employed in responsible jobs driving big trucks. He wanted to hunt with his friends and colleagues, so at the age of 38 he applied for a permit to carry from the county sheriff and was denied, learning that after all these years the drug possession charge still prohibited him from possessing firearms. He hired Kelly, who convinced the judge her client had reformed and was deserving of having his gun rights restored. The judge granted Kelly’s client’s restoration so that now he may go hunting and to the shooting range with his friends.

    • Case Type: Gun Rights Restoration
    • County: Dakota
    • Outcome: Rights Restored

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