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When You Are In Need Of A Criminal Defense Lawyer In Edina, MN

Arrested In Edina? Contact Judith Samson Today

Edina, Minnesota is “reputed to be one of the most affluent Twin City Suburbs”, according to the Star Tribune. With a population of 51,958 in 2017, it has an average total crime rate with a violent crime rate well below average. But like most growing cities, it is not immune to the rise in non-violent crimes such as property crime and arrests related to DUI and charges of drug possession.

The Edina Police Department is reported to be one of the toughest forces in the state on drunk driving. With 476 persons arrested for impaired driving in 2017, the city came second only to similar arrests made in Minneapolis which has 9 times the population.

Edina, MN Statistics

The city of Edina posts publicly a weekly crime report on their website. It’s interesting to note the numbers and kinds of arrests that are made on a weekly basis. For example, in one week in April 2019, these are the kinds of arrests that were made.

  • 4 – Possession of Controlled Substance
  • 2 – DUI 2nd degree
  • 5 – DUI 3rd degree
  • 2 – DUI 4th degree
  • 1 – Open bottle
  • 5 – Shoplifting
  • 1 – Identity Theft
  • 2 – Fraudulent Unauthorized Use of Credit Card
  • 1 – Trespassing
  • 2 – Possession of stolen property
  • 1 – Possession of stolen vehicle

With one police officer for every 1,000 residents, Edina is not the place to commit crime unless you want to get caught. For those unfortunate individuals who find themselves on the wrong side of the law, there lies a long road ahead navigating the legal system. If you have been arrested, this is not the time to take your chances and hope for the best. This is the time when you need expert legal representation to decipher the legal jargon and help you understand what the implications are of the accused crime.

From the figures it appears that theft, DUI and drug charges are the most common violations in Edina. What kind of penalties do these carry?

Impaired Driving Laws

Although the legal blood alcohol concentration limit for driving is 0.08, motorist can be arrested for lower levels depending on the circumstances. For a first time offender, a typical penalty is loss of license and possible jail time. For a first time offender with a blood alcohol level at twice the legal limit, or if you are a second time offender, you may be required to use ignition interlock for 1-2 years. This device requires that you breathe into a breathalyzer before the car with start and at period intervals thereafter.


If the value of stolen goods exceeds $35,000 or theft is of firearm, this carries potential imprisonment up to 20 years and fines up to $100,000 or both. If stolen goods value at $5000-$35,000, imprisonment up to 10 years and fines of $20,000 or both. Varying fines and prison sentences for stolen goods less than $5000.

Drug Possession

First Degree – up to 30 years imprisonment and up to fines of $1 million

2nd Degree – up to 25 years imprisonment and up to $500,000 fines

3rd Degree – up to 20 years imprisonment and up to $250,000 fines

4th Degree – up to 15 years imprisonment and up to $100,000 in fines

5th Degree – up to 5 years imprisonment and up to $10,000 in fines

As you can see from the above, if you have been arrested or know of someone who has and is in need of legal representation, consider criminal defense attorney Judith Samson to guide you through the legal maze. Contact us to see what your rights are and for a free consultation 24/7.

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Type of Charge: 3rd DWI

Priors: 1 prior

Final Deposition: Plead to a 4th degree DWI

Sentence Imposed: No jail


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Priors: None

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Type of Charge: Solicitation of Prostitute

Priors: 1 prior

Final Deposition: Stay of imposition vacate and dismiss

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