2013

What is a Pre-Trial Diversion Program in Minnesota?

Hennepin County and Anoka County will sometimes offer a “pre-trial diversion program” to offenders who meet certain requirements. These diversions can take a number of different forms. For example, defendants could be asked to attend counseling or treatment programs. They may be asked to write apology letters or essays. Or they may be asked to do community service. Usually these programs are offered to non-violent, first-time offenders who are being accused of a very specific list of crimes. They are considered to be quite successful at preventing repeat offenses. If you meet the requirements for a pre-trial diversion program your charges will be dropped as soon as you complete the program. This is one way to avoid a criminal record, jail time, and other consequences..

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What Should I Do if I’m Pulled Over and I’ve Been Drinking in Minnesota?

You’ve had a drink at a party or at the bar, though you don’t think you’re drunk. Still, you get pulled over. What you do or don’t do during the next few seconds will have a huge impact on whether you’re charged with DUI or DWI, and on what the eventual outcome of your case may be. Your goal when you get pulled over should be to provide the police with as little ammunition as possible. Start by having your license and registration ready for the officer when he steps up to your window. If you fumble for them you can give him reasonable cause to suspect that you may be impaired. You want to offer the impression that you are completely under control. If..

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How Can I Get Bailed Out of Jail in Minnesota?

In Minnesota, there are three different ways to secure your release from jail. Each becomes available after a bail hearing. One way is for the judge to release you on recognizance. This means that he will release you on your promise to appear in court every time you are summoned, and to comply with any other conditions he may set for your release. This is most likely to happen when the charges are relatively minor, or if you’ve never been charged before. It’s more common for the judge to set a bail amount. If the crime is very serious or if you’re considered a flight risk you can expect that bail amount to be relatively expensive. Once the bail amount is set you can post..

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How Much Does It Cost to Hire a Criminal Defense Attorney?

Cost should probably be the last thing on your mind when you are charged with a criminal offense. Your real concern should be getting the best representation you can get in the hopes of walking away from your charges with a minimum amount of damage to your life. However, unknowns can add to your stress and distress. So while the cost can depend on your circumstances we thought we’d share a little bit about how those costs may be determined. The attorney will consider how long he anticipates your case taking after consulting with you. He will listen to your concerns and to your story. Then he will generally set a flat fee retainer based on the amount of time he anticipates the case taking.

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What Should I Do if There is a Warrant Out for My Arrest?

An arrest warrant is a serious situation that deserves your immediate attention. You could be found and arrested at any time, even if the police haven’t visited your home yet. If you learn of a warrant before your arrest you should call a criminal defense attorney immediately. An attorney can advise you on your next steps. You should not leave this issue unaddressed. Every day that you allow a warrant to pass unanswered becomes a day that makes your situation much more serious. You begin to look more and more like a fugitive. When caught, you will be considered a flight risk. This is even true for very old warrants. A warrant for your arrest doesn’t just go away. Once one has been issued there’s..

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