Self Defense: Protecting Your Home

A criminal charge may be successfully defended by a claim of self-defense in Minnesota.  According to a criminal defense attorney, here's what you need to know: Reasonable Force. The person exercising self-defense must have reasonably believed that force was necessary, and the force used is what a reasonable person in the same situation would believe [...]

2022-01-17T19:25:16+00:00January 14, 2022|Criminal Defense, Uncategorized|

What to Look for in a Criminal Defense Lawyer

Are you being charged or investigated for a criminal offense? You should hire a criminal defense attorney.  Here are the top five things you should look for. Experience. Pay attention to the number of years the attorney has practiced criminal defense. It is important to ask about the attorney's experience [...]

2022-01-07T19:57:49+00:00January 7, 2022|Criminal Defense|

Auto Accident Checklist

Auto Accident? Attorneys recommend you take these steps if you are ever in an auto accident - even if it seems like a minor accident at the time. Protect the Scene. Move your vehicle to a safe location away from traffic if possible. Make sure your emergency lights are flashing. When [...]

2021-12-22T17:29:00+00:00December 7, 2021|Personal Injury|

Criminal Defense Victories: 6 Month Review

Sieben & Cotter, PLLC - Trial Victories: May 2021- November 2021 Criminal trials are back in action since the pandemic halted all court proceedings.  The attorneys Thomas Sieben and Patrick Cotter have been hard at work defending their clients in the courtroom.  Over the past several months, our firm has achieved favorable results in [...]

2021-11-30T19:20:47+00:00November 30, 2021|Attorney Criminal Defense|

Sieben & Cotter Recognized: 2022 US News Best Law Firms

Sieben & Cotter, PLLC recognized in the 2022 Edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms" Sieben & Cotter, PLLC is pleased to announce the firm’s inclusion in the 2022 U.S. News Best Lawyers rankings among “Best Law Firms” Criminal Defense: General Practice for Minneapolis, MN. U.S. News “Best Law Firms” rankings recognizes [...]

2021-11-23T16:33:11+00:00November 19, 2021|Announcements|

Jury Finds Client Not Guilty in Hennepin County

CHARGE Domestic Abuse; Violates 2 or more Order for Protections (Felony) Violates order for protection issued by a Judge within ten years of the first of two or more previously qualified domestic-violence related offense convictions. Maximum penalty: 5 years in imprisonment. See Minnesota Statute VERDICT NOT GUILTY [...]

2021-11-16T19:25:20+00:00November 5, 2021|Case Results|

Noor conviction OVERTURNED. Now what?

On April 30, 2019, a jury convicted former police officer Mohamed Noor of Third-Degree Murder and Second-Degree Manslaughter for the death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond.  The conviction sparked a legal battle over the meaning of the words “causes the death of another by perpetrating an act eminently dangerous to others and evincing a depraved mind, [...]

2021-10-26T18:25:22+00:00September 23, 2021|Criminal Defense, Minnesota Law News|

Gun Violence & Straw Purchasing

Minneapolis is seeing a rapid increase in violent crimes involving firearms.  For example, 553 people were injured or killed by gunfire in Minneapolis in 2020, the most in 15 years.  Where are these guns coming from?  One method is through a scheme called "straw purchasing."  Straw purchasing is when a customer purchases a gun on [...]

Re-Selection to The National Trial Lawyers Top 100

Tom Sieben, Patrick Cotter, Re-Selected to The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 The National Trial Lawyers is pleased to announce that Thomas Sieben and Patrick Cotter of Sieben & Cotter, PLLC in South Saint Paul have been re-selected as Top 100 Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers in MN again in 2021. This is Tom Sieben’s eighth [...]

2021-08-05T18:57:58+00:00August 5, 2021|national-trial-lawyers|

Civil Liability of Bar Owners

Like all business owners, establishments that serve alcohol owe their guests a level of reasonable care in operating their business.  If you’ve been injured while a guest at bar, you may have a viable personal injury suit.  There are three common legal principles your lawyer may utilize: Premises Liability (Innkeeper Liability), Dram Shop Act, and [...]

2021-11-16T19:29:32+00:00August 3, 2021|Personal Injury, Uncategorized|

Thomas Sieben, Patrick Cotter, Recognized as Super Lawyers 2021

Sieben & Cotter, PLLC recognizes partners Tom Sieben and Patrick Cotter, as Minnesota Super Lawyers 2021 Super Lawyers® recognizes outstanding lawyers, who have attained a high degree professional achievement and peer recognition. The rigorous selection process includes independent research and peer evaluations. Just 5% of attorneys are selected as Super Lawyers each year. The Minnesota lawyers who [...]

2021-07-30T19:01:35+00:00July 21, 2021|Super Lawyers|

Acquittal: Jury Finds Client Accused Terroristic Threats and Witness Tampering, Not Guilty!

Charges: Terroristic Threats (Felony) Communication with the purpose to terrorize another or in reckless disregard of the risk of causing terror. Maximum penalty: 3 years imprisonment. 1st Degree Witness Tampering  (Felony) Intentionally prevents or dissuades or intentionally attempts to prevent or dissuade a witness from testifying by means of force or threats or injury. Maximum [...]

2021-08-05T17:40:40+00:00June 22, 2021|Acquittal, Case Results, Criminal Defense|

Acquittal: Jury Finds Client Accused of Sexual Touching a Minor, Not Guilty!

Charges: 2nd Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct Sexual contact with a complainant under 13 years of age. Maximum penalty: 25 years imprisonment. 5th Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct Nonconsensual sexual contact. Maximum penalty: 7 years imprisonment. Click here for Minnesota Criminal Sexual Conduct Statutes Jury Verdict: Not Guilty 2nd Degree Criminal Sexual [...]

2021-08-05T17:40:45+00:00June 22, 2021|Acquittal, Case Results|

Minnesota Sees Uptick in Domestic Assault Related Calls After “Stay at Home” Ordered

Fox 9:  During the First "Stay at Home" Weekend - Two-Thirds of Police Calls Were Domestic Assault Related Earlier this week, Fox 9 News reported that, according to Governor Walz, two-thirds of all police calls over the first weekend of the "stay at home" order were for domestic assault or domestic-violence related incidents.  Fox 9 [...]

2021-08-05T17:41:37+00:00April 3, 2020|Assault Charges, Criminal Defense|

Understanding Minnesota’s Enhanceable Offenses

Minnesota Offense Levels In order to understand how enhanceable offenses operate, you must first understand the levels of criminal offenses in Minnesota.  There are four: PETTY MISDEMEANOR MISDEMEANOR GROSS MISDEMEANOR FELONY Not considered a "crime" Maximum punishment:  $300 Fine Maximum punishment:  $1,000 Fine and/or 90 days jail Maximum Punishment:  $3,000 Fine and/or up to [...]

2021-08-05T17:41:43+00:00September 19, 2019|Criminal Defense|

Thomas A. Sieben and Patrick L. Cotter, Sieben & Cotter, PLLC Recognized as Minnesota Super Lawyers 2019

Sieben & Cotter, PLLC proudly recognizes partners, Thomas A. Sieben and Patrick L. Cotter, as Minnesota Super Lawyers for another consecutive year! Super Lawyers® recognizes outstanding lawyers, who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement, from more than 70 practice areas.  The rigorous selection process is multi-phased including independent research, as well [...]

2021-08-05T17:41:51+00:00July 22, 2019|Super Lawyers 2019|

Personal Injury Basics: Negligence 101

What is Negligence? Negligence is an unintentional tort, as opposed to an intentional tort, such as assault or battery.  A tort, in layman's terms, is the basis for holding someone legally responsible (liable) due to their wrongful act that causes you to suffer a loss or harm.  The purpose of a personal injury claim based [...]

2021-08-05T17:41:58+00:00June 7, 2019|Personal Injury|
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