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 [...]

2021-07-21T19:52:29+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 [...]

2021-06-22T20:44:55+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 [...]

2021-07-01T19:27:24+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 [...]

2020-06-28T21:26:31+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 [...]

2020-05-19T20:15:21+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 [...]

2019-07-22T19:48:27+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 [...]

2019-06-07T19:53:54+00:00June 7, 2019|Personal Injury|

Man who threw boy off of 3rd floor of MOA charged with attempted 1st Degree Murder

Background Emmanuel Aranda, 24, is now charged with first-degree attempted murder after he threw a five-year-old boy off of the third floor of Mall of America. He is expected to make his first court appearance Tuesday afternoon where the Hennepin County Attorney's Office will be seeking  $2 million bail, according to MPR News.  See the [...]

2019-04-16T18:29:07+00:00April 16, 2019|Violent Crimes|

What Attorneys Look For In a Personal Injury Case

The overwhelming majority of personal injury lawsuits are billed on a "contingent fee" basis — meaning the Plaintiff (injured party) is not charged a fee unless they recover (receive payment) for their loss.  In other words, a personal injury attorney is absorbing the costs (involved with attorney time, obtaining records, discovery, investigation and [...]

2019-01-07T17:16:25+00:00January 7, 2019|Personal Injury|

Proving Your Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Case

A mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) can be caused in a variety of ways including an auto accident, slip and fall, explosion or while playing sports. You ability to recover just compensation for your injuries depends in large part on your ability to prove the severity of your injuries. Generally, the more severe your injuries, [...]

2020-06-18T20:39:22+00:00November 13, 2018|Traumatic Brain Injury|

Choosing the Right Wrongful Death Attorney

Loosing a loved one is the most painful time period in our lives.  If the loss of your loved one is due to another person or business's negligence, intentional harm, greed or incompetence the pain and anger can be unbearable.  Unfortunately, wrongful death incidents are not uncommon, but the good news is that you don't have [...]

2020-06-18T20:39:47+00:00September 26, 2018|Wrongful Death|
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