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Criminal charges, whether misdemeanor or felony, carry a heavy weight that can stick with you for the rest of your life. If you’re facing criminal charges, you’re most likely scared or confused, and for a good reason. At a minimum, sentencing can include fines and/or probation. At most, it can include prison time—sometimes for life. The majority of criminal charges will remain on your record for many years, or permanently. No matter the charge, it’s imperative to speak with a highly experienced criminal defense attorney who will fight on your behalf.
Have you been arrested or charged with a crime? Are you being investigated for suspicion of a crime in Mankato? Tell us your story. All you need to do is call (507) 344-8888 to receive your free consultation with Knutson+Casey.
When facing a criminal charge, an accused person can feel paralyzed by the uncertainty of what to do next—at a time when your case demands immediate attention. Before anything else, it’s important to remember that being arrested doesn’t mean you’re guilty. The prosecution will need to prove you guilty beyond a reasonable doubt for a conviction to stick.
To start planning your defense strategy, consult a qualified defense lawyer. This gives you the best chance of overcoming this hardship and moving on with your life. With a criminal charge on your hands, the stakes are high. Your case requires the services of a criminal defense attorney who has helped people in situations like yours.
When someone is arrested or charged with a crime for the first time, many questions remain unanswered. The process of finding accurate information that considers your specific crimes and local/state laws can be quite challenging. During a consultation with our experienced Mankato criminal defense lawyers, we can help to ease your mind by answering frequently asked questions, such as:
Criminal defendants are legally guaranteed certain rights under federal law and rulings of the U.S. Supreme Court. Among these are the Miranda Rights, which are read by an arresting officer and must communicate the following:
The Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, and Eighth Amendments also provide constitutional rights for defendants. These include:
Criminal records can have detrimental effects on people. Even minor criminal charges are enough to take away your freedom and civil liberties. These may include:
Criminal defense attorneys have years of education and experience to help them with the finer nuances of criminal defense. No two cases are ever the same, and defense attorneys are trained to find and exploit the differences to your advantage. Through their years of trial experience, they have learned to find the small facts and arguments that can make big differences in the outcome. Criminal law is extremely complex, and there are many ways to reduce or negate charges.
That being said, a criminal defense attorney should never “promise” to get you an acquittal or similar outcome. It’s simply not possible to know that with 100% certainty, so it’s unethical to make such a promise. A criminal defense lawyer’s job is to use every tool available to mitigate your charges or attempt to get them dismissed. They fight for your rights as a person and stand on your side, even when other people might not.
It’s in your best interest to work with an experienced criminal defense attorney; you should never attempt to represent yourself. There’s a lot more to a criminal trial than just stating your case and calling on witnesses. Navigating the criminal justice system alone is unpredictable, frustrating, and overwhelming. Having an attorney represent you will improve your chances of having a fair experience with the justice system. The right criminal defense attorney will:
If your potential lawyer falls short of these criteria and does not perform these duties during and before the trial, it may be worth considering switching to a more promising and credible firm. At Knutson+Casey Law Firm, we believe that it is our duty as criminal defense attorneys to inform clients about the criminal justice system and the strengths and weaknesses of their cases so that they’re better prepared for court.
Ultimately, we strive to keep clients well-informed regarding the development of their cases while providing zealous advocacy every step of the way. Our Mankato criminal attorneys are ready to stand up for you and provide the highest quality legal services.
The Knutson+Casey Law Firm values the relationships we build with our clients. Forging strong, positive relationships based on transparency and honesty sets us apart. Here are four more reasons why you can trust us:
Our clients put it best. We invite you to review our client testimonials to learn about the client experience at our law firm.
At the Knutson+Casey Law Firm in Mankato, Minnesota, we believe everyone has the right to a passionate and skilled defense team, no matter the charges. We have worked on criminal cases of all kinds, from misdemeanor DUI charges to serious homicide allegations. Though we can’t promise you a dismissal, we can promise that we’ll exhaust our resources to fight aggressively for your rights. Your day in court will forever shape the rest of your life. Have someone experienced on your side.
To request your free consultation with one of our criminal lawyers today, get started by completing our contact form or calling (507) 344-8888.
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