St. Paul / Minneapolis, MN Criminal Defense Lawyer
St. Paul and Minneapolis MN Criminal Defense Attorney
If you are charged with a crime, Minnesota Criminal Defense Attorney Eric Rice can help with your matter. A criminal charge can carry severe consequences including jail, fines, and disqualification from future jobs and opportunities. A good defense attorney can raise defenses to potentially beat the charge, reduce the charge, or minimize the sentence. In addition, a defense attorney can guide you through the process to ensure that your questions are answered and that you are not surprised by the proceedings. Here are some common questions regarding a criminal charge:
I expect to be charged with a crime. Will the police come and arrest me?
A criminal matter typically starts in two ways: 1) a warrant or 2) a summons. A warrant is typically used only for more severe crimes or defendants that are likely to flee or cause harm to the community. Most matters start with a summons. A summons is mailed to your address on file and tells you that you have an upcoming court date to start the process. If you retain an attorney early, your attorney can contact the prosecutor and request a summons. By hiring an attorney, you can show the prosecutor that you intend to handle the matter and will not flee or evade prosecution. This can reduce your chances of having a warrant issue.
Will I be put in jail while the matter is pending?
In all criminal matters, one of the first issues is bail or conditions of release. The prosecutor may request that certain conditions, such as random drug testing, be placed upon you while the matter is pending. The prosecutor may also request money bail be imposed. Bail is an amount of money that is collateral given to the court to ensure your appearance. Lesser offenses typically have no bail or minimal conditions, while more serious matters have greater bail and stricter conditions. A defense attorney can argue on your behalf that bail should be minimal and tell the court that you are not a risk to miss your appearances.
What will happen at my next court appearance?
Criminal matters typically have three phases: first appearance, pretrial, and trial. During the first appearance phase, the court schedules the other hearings, determines if you have an attorney, and tells you that you’ve been charged with a crime. In addition, you can now request discovery from the prosecutor. During the pretrial phase, any pretrial issues, such as improper search and seizure or Miranda issues will be settled, and the matter will be prepared for trial. In addition, this is the phase in which most plea negotiation occurs. If the matter is not resolved, it is set for trial. Typically, you can have a trial by judge or jury, and each side will present witnesses and evidence about whether the crime occurred. If a guilty verdict is returned, then you will be sentenced at the matter will resolved.
There are many other questions regarding the criminal process that a defense attorney can address, such as: What is a stay of adjudication or stay of imposition? How will the plea affect your criminal record? What defenses should you raise? Will certain evidence be admissible at trial?
Being charged with a crime is a difficult experience and can cause a lot of stress. A criminal defense attorney can ensure that your matter is handled effectively and that your questions are answered. To reduce the stress of the matter, criminal defense attorney Eric Rice offers a no-obligation free consultation. You can schedule one by calling (651) 998-9660.