The crime rate in the Minneapolis area has increased, and parts of the city do not have sufficient police protection.
You would think that the violence mostly occurs in neighborhoods or certain downtown locations. But let us imagine that law enforcement charged you with assaulting another visitor at the National River & Recreation Park. What happens now?
A sampling of criminal conduct
The site RoadSnacks recently conducted a study to identify the 10 most dangerous cities in Minnesota. The study took into consideration an analysis of 124 cities, information from FBI crime reports and crime statistics from areas with a population of 5,000 or more residents. In the results, Minneapolis placed near the top as the state’s third-most dangerous city. For example, according to a Star Tribune article, in 2018, assaults and robberies increased by 60% in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood. Gang violence is a large part of the uptick in crime in the Minneapolis area, but criminal activities can occur anywhere.
There are approximately 185 law enforcement officers per 100,000 people in the state of Minnesota. Of course, they cannot be everywhere. Crime often grows in areas with low unemployment and a lack of rehabilitation programs, but it is not confined to such sections in Minneapolis. It could erupt unexpectedly in any part of the city: an upscale shopping center, a museum, the train depot or a park.
State versus federal crimes
You may not have a criminal record, and you may never before have assaulted someone. Normally, the state would handle this kind of crime. However, the setting is unusual and changes the complexity of your case. Because the assault occurred in a national park, the matter becomes a federal case for trial in federal court where sentencing guidelines are more severe as compared with state courts. You have rights to protect and must look into your legal options promptly. An advocate experienced in federal defense can ensure the best possible outcome for your case.