Thursday, March 1, 2012

Minnesota Criminal Defense Lawyer's Job (Explained)

It's often said that an experienced Minnesota Criminal Defense Attorney must wear many hats ... If you’re looking to hire a criminal defense lawyer, you don’t want someone who is known for his or her litigation skills, you want the best criminal defense lawyer in Minnesota.  With so many excellent attorneys to choose from in the region, how do you narrow down your selection and hire the one that can “do it all?”

There are plenty of articles about choosing a criminal defense lawyer, and at first glance many of them seem to be giving credible advice, at least until you notice the list of paid attorney listings below.  When you make a decision that could impact the rest of your life and try to find an attorney who will win your case, it’s a lot more involved than finding the one closest to your home.  As you already know, a conviction for a violent crime in Minnesota carries some serious penalties, perhaps even time in prison.  You will want to have the best attorneys fighting for you, both in the courtroom and behind the scenes.

To put it simply, unless you are qualified to work with a court-appointed lawyer, it will be your responsibility to look for the best criminal defense lawyer for your case.  This is one of those times where saving a few dollars and representing yourself is not recommended.  No criminal case is exactly like another, so it’s impossible to read up on your case and quickly learn how to present your case.  Experienced attorneys know all about the twists and turns, legal precedents and rules of the courtroom.  As a former prosecutor, I also offer something many of my colleagues in the defense game can't give you - that insider's perspective that comes with working for the DA.

Some Suggestions
Look for a criminal defense lawyer who can do the following to help your case;
  • Work with you to negotiate a deal with the prosecutor.  Also known as a plea bargain, these deals can often reduce or eliminate a potential prison sentence, as well as many of the charges that were brought against you;
  • In the event that you are found guilty, figure out an ideal sentencing program that will prevent you from ending up in the criminal justice system again.  This may include rehabilitative programs such as drug or behavioral treatment plans and 
  • Navigate the Minnesota criminal justice system and educate you about the written and unwritten rules and court rules that must be followed throughout your case.

Who You Going to Call?

An experienced Minnesota Criminal Defense Lawyer can do all of the above - and more.  Find out more about me by calling the Rolloff Law Office today to set up a FREE consultation.  Dial (612) 234-1165.

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