Misdemeanor Deer Baiting Charge Reduced to Petty Misdemeanor
Mike Brandt’s clients were charged in a northern Minnesota county with improperly baiting deer by placing mineral licks that contained grains and corn in an area where they were deer hunting. The Minnesota DNR conducted an intensive investigation into the placement of the mineral licks and confronted Mike’s clients while they were hunting. Mike’s clients were charged with a misdemeanor offense, which could have resulted in a criminal conviction on their records. A conviction would have also resulted in them losing the firearms which were impounded by the DNR agents. Prior to going to Court, Mike provided the prosecutor with information regarding the clients’ character, hunting habits, and other information. As a result of Mike’s actions, the prosecutor agreed to reduce the charges to a petty misdemeanor, the clients paid a small fine and were able to recover their firearms.