Mike Brandt Succeeds in Preventing a Client From Going to Prison For Five Years for Possessing a Firearm in Kanabec County
Mike Brandt’s client was charged with Possession of a Firearm by an Ineligible Person. The charges against Mike’s client stemmed from an incident involving mental health issues whereby the police came upon Mike’s client in possession of a firearm. The police investigated Mike’s client and discovered that approximately ten years earlier (when the client was 13 years old), he was adjudicated delinquent of a crime of violence, which made him ineligible to possess a firearm. If convicted of this charge, there was a mandatory minimum five years in prison.
Mike thoroughly investigated the case and spent hours going through the probation records and raised doubt in the prosecutor’s mind as to whether or not the client’s probation officers had communicated to him that he was ineligible to possess a firearm. Additionally, Mike conducted a thorough investigation and spoke with numerous people who were prepared to testify at trial that the defendant was never made aware that he could not possess a firearm and that he had been hunting over the years since he had been off probation as a juvenile.
Based upon the information and investigation by Mike Brandt, the State agreed to allow the client’s charge to be reduced to one of a gross misdemeanor. Rather than being put in prison for five years, Mike’s client was put on probation for two years. This resolution basically saved Mike’s client’s life.
This result is another example of the preparation, investigation, and knowledge of the law that comes with hiring Brandt Criminal Defense.