Patrick Cotter, Sieben Cotter Law, Saint Paul MN

Criminal Defense
Case Results

Patrick Cotter, Attorney

Criminal Jury Trial Victories

Not Guilty Jury Verdict Washington County — 3rd Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct and 5th Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct
Not Guilty Jury Verdict — Dakota County — 3rd Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct (Guilty of Lesser Included 5th Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct)
Not Guilty Jury Verdict — Carver County — Obstructing Legal Process
Not Guilty Jury Verdict — Dakota County — 2nd and 5th Degree Controlled Substance Sale
Not Guilty Jury Verdict — Douglas County — DWI over. 08
Not Guilty Jury Verdict — Dakota County — Criminal Sexual Conduct/Rape
Not Guilty Jury Verdict — Crow Wing County — Criminal Sexual Conduct/Rape
Not Guilty Jury Verdict — Dakota County — Felony Voter Fraud
Not Guilty Jury Verdict — Hennepin County — 2nd Degree Assault; Terroristic Threats
Not Guilty Jury Verdict — Wabasha County — Assault of a Vulnerable Adult
Not Guilty Jury Verdict — Scott County — Arson in the First Degree
Not Guilty Jury Verdict — Stearns County — Domestic Assault
Not Guilty Jury Verdict — Hennepin County — Kidnapping and False Imprisonment
Not Guilty Jury Verdict — Dakota County — Assault
Not Guilty Jury Verdict — Dakota County — Criminal Sexual Conduct First Degree
Not Guilty Jury Verdict — Dakota County — First Degree Burglary of a Dwelling
Not Guilty Jury Verdict — Dakota County — Third Degree Controlled Substance
Not Guilty Jury Verdict — Dakota County — Third Degree Drug Sale
Not Guilty Jury Verdict — Dakota County — Domestic Assault
Not Guilty Jury Verdict — Dakota County— Aggravated Second Degree Assault
Not Guilty Jury Verdict — Dakota County — Domestic Assault
Not Guilty Court Verdict — Dakota County — Controlled Substance Possession
Not Guilty Court Verdict — Dakota County — Terroristic Threats
Not Guilty Court Verdict — Dakota County — Felon in Possession of Firearm, Drug Possession
Judgment of Acquittal — Dakota County — Aggravate Forgery
Charges Dismissed during trial — Hennepin County — 2nd Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct
Charges Dismissed during trial — Dakota County — Terroristic Threats

Complete Dismissal of Criminal Charges

Charges Dismissed Before Trial — Anoka County — First Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct
Charges Dismissed Before Trial — Dakota County — Solicitation of Child to Engage in Sex
Charges Dismissed Before Trial — Dakota County — DWI over .08 and DWI-Under Influence
Charges Dismissed Before Trial — Rice County — 3rd Degree Criminal Sexual conduct (Force)
Charges Dismissed Before Trial — Anoka County — Domestic Assault
Charges Dismissed Before Trial — Washington County — 4th Degree DWI
Charges Dismissed Before Trial — Aitkin County — 4th Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct
Complete Dismissed After Suppression — Hennepin County — 4th Degree DWI
Charges Dismissed Before Trial — Pierce County (WI) — Felony Substantial Battery
Charges Dismissed Before Trial — Ramsey County — Felony Bribery
Charges Dismissed Before Trial — Hennepin County — Obstructing Legal Process
Charges Dismissed Before Trial — Hennepin County — Domestic Assault
Charges Dismissed Before Trial — Dakota County — 5th Degree Assault
Charges Dismissed Before Trial — Goodhue County — 2nd Degree Assault Dangerous Weapon
Charges Dismissed Before Trial — Wadena County — 1st and 2nd Degree Assault
Charges Dismissed Before Trial — Scott County — Felony Deprivation of Parental Rights
Charges Dismissed Before Trial — Hennepin County — Three Counts of Harassment/Stalking
Charges Dismissed Before Trial — Stearns County — 2nd Degree Test Refusal and DWI
Charges Dismissed Before Trial — Dunn County, WI — Unlawful Discharge of a Firearm and Obstructing an Officer
Charges Dismissed Before Trial — Hennepin County — 4th Degree DWI
Complete Dismissal of Charge — Chisago County — DWI/Snowmobile
Charges Dismissed Before Trial — Ramsey County — Felony Theft by Employee
Charges Dismissed Before Trial — Hennepin County — Domestic Assault
Charges Dismissed Before Trial — Dakota County — Domestic Assault/Assault
Charges Dismissed Before Trial — Ramsey County — Driving After Cancellation, Interlock violation
Charges Dismissed Before Trial — Dakota County — Harassment Restraining Order
Charges Dismissed Before Trial — Hennepin County — Felony Assault by Strangulation
Charges Dismissed Before Trial — Chisago County — Domestic Assault
Charges Dismissed Before Trial — Anoka County — 5th Degree Assault
Charges Dismissed Before Trial — Dunn County, Wisconsin — Felony Drug Possession and OWI
Charges Dismissed Before Trial — Hennepin County — Possession of Marijuana, Underage Drink and Drive
Charges Dismissed Before Trial — Hennepin County — 5th Controlled Substance Possession
Charges Dismissed Before Trial — St. Croix County, Wisconsin — Aggravated Robbery with Force
Charges Dismissed Before Trial — Dakota County — Boating While Intoxicated
Charges Dismissed Before Trial — Dakota County — Theft of Computer Images
Charges Dismissed Before Trial — Hubbard County — 5th Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct 2 Counties
Charges Dismissed Before Trial — Cass County — Domestic Assault, Criminal Damage to Property
Charges Dismissed Before Trial — Ramsey County — Soliciting Prostitution
Charges Dismissed Before Trial — Dakota County — Felony Controlled Substance Possession
Charges Dismissed Before Trial — Nicollet County — Felony Domestic Assault by Strangulation
Charges Dismissed Before Trial — Hennepin County — 5th Degree Controlled Substance Possession
Charges Dismissed Before Trial — Hennepin County — Possession of Marijuana in a Motor Vehicle
Charges Dismissed Before Trial — Hennepin County — Domestic Assault
Charges Dismissed Before Trial — Dakota County — Domestic Assault
Charges Dismissed Before Trial — State v.  J.J. — Domestic Assault
Charges Dismissed Before Trial — Chisago County — Domestic Assault, Criminal Damage to Property
Charges Dismissed Before Trial — Ramsey County — Malicious Punishment of a Child
Charges Dismissed Before Trial — Ramsey County — Criminal Vehicular Operation, Reckless Driving
Charges Dismissed Before Trial — Dakota County — Second Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct
Charges Dismissed Before Trial — Dakota County — Felony Domestic Assault; Felony Domestic – Assault Strangulation
Charges Dismissed Before Trial — Dakota County — Fifth Degree Assault
Charge Dismissed Before Trial — Stearns County — 2nd Degree DWI – Test Refusal

Criminal Investigations Closed with No Charges

Not Charged — St. Croix County (WI) — Sexual Assault
Not Charged — Todd County — Juvenile 3rd Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct
Not Charged — St. Louis County — Criminal Sexual Conduct — Vulnerable Adult
Not Charged — Olmsted County — 3rd Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct (Rape)
Not Charged — Carver County — 1st Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct (Rape)
Not Charged — Dakota County — 1st Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct (Child Abuse)
Not Charged — St. Croix County, Wisconsin — Felony Possession of Pornography
Not Charged — Washington County — 1st Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct
Not Charged — St. Louis County — 3rd Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct
Not Charged — Nicollet County — 3rd Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct
Not Charged — Hennepin County — 1st Degree Sale of Controlled Substance
Not Charged — Hennepin County — Felony Theft of a Motor Vehicle
Not Charged — Mower County — 1st Degree Controlled Substance Sale
Not Charged — Polk County — 3rd Degree Assault

Substantial Sentencing Departures

United State v. C.B. — Dismissal of Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine with possible 10-year mandatory minimum sentence; plea to possession with intent to distribute 7 grams of Crack Cocaine — 18 months imprisonment.
State v. T.J. Residential Mortgage Fraud Durational Departure Granted From Felony to Misdemeanor offense with 6 months probation; 100 hours of community service and resititution
State v. G.P.  Terroristic Threats  Durational Departure Granted to Gross Misdemeanor with no jail time imposed
State v. J.M. — First Degree Controlled Substance — Sale 27.2 Grams Methamphetamine — Dispositional Departure Granted Stay of Imposition 86-Months With 120-Days Staggered Jail
State v. M.S. — First and Second Degree Controlled Substance — Sale Methamphetamine — Dispositional Departure Granted 86-Months Stayed With No Jail Time Imposed
United States of America District of North Dakota v. C.J. — Conspiracy to Distribute Controlled Substance — Substantial Sentencing Departure Granted
State v. T.H. — Sale of Methamphetamine Repeat Offense with a Mandatory Minimum 36 month prison sentence — NO jail time imposed
State v. A.G. — Third Degree Assault — Durational Departure granted from Felony offense to a Gross Misdemeanor offense
United States of America v. C.D. — Conspiracy to Commit Bank Fraud — Substantial Downward Sentencing Departure granted
United States of America v. M.S. — Trafficking in Counterfeit Goods — Substantial Downward Sentencing Departure granted
State v. T.P. — Second Felony DWI conviction downward departure from a presumptive 54 month prison sentence to probation with local jail time
State v. A.T. — First Degree Controlled Substance-Sale subsequent offense with 15 year presumptive commit to prison sentenced to mandatory minimum of 4 years
State v. L.C. — First Degree Controlled Substance –Sale with 86 month presumptive prison sentence client received 180 day local jail sentence with work release and probation
State v. J.M. — First Degree Controlled Substance – Sale with 86 month presumptive prison sentence client received 90 day local jail sentence with work release and probation
State v. E.B. — Accomplice after the Fact — First Degree Murder client received probationary sentence
State v. A.C. — Multiple Counts of First Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct with up to 24 years in prison as presumptive prison sentence — Client received a probationary sentence with local jail time
United States of America v. D.Q. — Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine — Sentence reduced from a guidelines sentence of 41-57 months in prison down to 12 months imposed

Expungement Granted

Domestic Assault — Hennepin County
Misdemeanor Possession of Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia — Hennepin County
Third, Fourth And Fifth Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct — Crow Wing County
Misdemeanor Theft — Dakota County
Gross Misdemeanor False Information to Police — Dakota County
Misdemeanor Possession of Small Amount of Marijuana — Dakota County
Misdemeanor Theft — Hennepin County
Misdemeanor Domestic Assault — Hennepin County
Misdemeanor Possession of Marijuana — Hennepin County
Felony Assault — Hennepin County
Second Degree Arson (Juvenile) — Hennepin County
Misdemeanor Domestic Assault and Disorderly Conduct — Dakota County
Felony Drug Possession — Dakota County

Title IX Campus Investigations

University of Minnesota Campus Sexual Assault Found in Favor of Client
St. Olaf College  Title IX Sexual Assault  Found in Favor of Client
Gustavus Adolphus College  Title IX Sexual Assault  Found in Favor of Client

State Licensing Board Investigations

Daycare provider’s license reinstated after temporary suspension
Nursing license reinstated after investigation
Teaching license reinstated after investigation

Our firm has handled dozens of cases of DWI that were reduced to Careless Driving convictions, and repeat DWI offenses sentenced below the mandatory minimum sentence.

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