A criminal defense lawyer should not be hired only by those who have been charged or convicted of a crime. An experienced, dedicated defense lawyer can help protect your rights if a crime has been committed. However, there are many other situations where you might want to hire a lawyer.
Here are some examples of how defense attorneys in Minneapolis can help you navigate difficult situations.
A crime has been committed
This is the most obvious reason people think of when they consider hiring a criminal defense lawyer. It’s a good thing. You can have your defense lawyer help you with minor offenses like cyberstalking and retail theft, as well as more serious charges like sexual assault or manslaughter. The legal system can be complicated, and it doesn’t matter what charges you are facing. Without the guidance and support of an experienced criminal defense attorney, things could get worse.
Your child is having trouble with the law
The juvenile legal system works differently from the adult system. Minnesota’s juvenile courts have many rules and quirks that can make it difficult to navigate without an experienced defense attorney.
You are being questioned by federal or police investigators
The police might try to convince you to give a statement, similar to what you saw on TV or in movies. They may attempt to convince you to talk if they suspect that you are guilty of a crime, but they don’t have sufficient evidence to arrest. While being questioned, you have the right to have a criminal defense attorney present.
You have received a search warrant for your home
A warrant means that a judge has probable cause to believe there is evidence of a crime at your house. You should speak with an experienced defense attorney to discuss what happened.
Your property is seized
Minnesota law allows law enforcement to seize property at traffic stops or other instances, often without any hard evidence or legitimate reasons. It can be difficult to get your stuff back if you have your property seized during a traffic stop. A defense lawyer can help you to get your property back.
You are wrongly accused of a crime
When law enforcement, a judge, or a prosecutor believes you have committed a crime that you didn’t, it can be extremely difficult to prove your innocence–especially if you have been in trouble in the past. Your rights shouldn’t be overlooked just because you have made mistakes in the past. A defense lawyer will help you to defend your innocence and give you the best chance of being exonerated.
To expunge your criminal record
There are many ways to get rid of criminal records from your past. Even if you are not convicted in court, criminal charges or accusations can still tarnish your record and your reputation. If you are eligible for expungement, a skilled criminal defense lawyer will help you navigate the complex process. While it won’t always go smoothly, a criminal defense attorney can help you have a better chance of success.
To appeal a sentence
No matter if your sentence is for a minor offense or a serious crime, it’s possible to appeal the sentence. A criminal defense lawyer can help to determine if there are legal avenues to appeal and reduce your sentence.
Ambrose Law is available to help you if you have a case and would like to discuss your options.