Major Felonies Lawyer St. Paul, MN
Because major felonies have so much at stake, a good attorney is essential to ensure you get the best defense available.Eric A. Rice
Major felonies can include a number of charges ranging from violent crimes to property crimes. One thing they all have in common, though, is they carry a potential sentence that is longer than a year and often come with the possibility of extended prison sentences. Because major felonies have so much at stake, a good attorney is essential to ensure you get the best defense available.
Questions criminal defense attorneys get asked regarding major felonies are:
How much jail or prison time will I do for a major felony?
Your sentence for a felony charge varies depending on the facts of the crime, your criminal history, and your personal situation. Because the potential penalties are quite severe, the expected sentence can be a wide range. It is not uncommon for some felonies to result in no jail time, but for more severe charges or repeat offenders, prison sentences of many years could be imposed. Each case needs particular attention, and that is why a felony attorney is invaluable.
Can I get a felony removed or changed on my record?
A felony on your record can make many aspects of your life more difficult, such as housing, employment, or government benefits. Because of the mark it leaves, a good felony crime attorney will explore the options of reducing a charge on your record. In Minnesota, there are a number of options, including diversion, reduced sentence, stay of imposition, or stay of adjudication to reduce the charge from a felony. In addition, you may be able to expunge the matter (seal your record) if you meet certain criteria. A felony crime attorney can ensure that your record is in the best shape when your matter is resolved.
What defenses are available for a major felony?
The particular defenses in a case vary based on the facts. However, some common defenses exist, such as improper stop and search, lack of probable cause, improperly obtaining a statement, entrapment, duress, and intoxication. In addition, you may be able to prepare a strong case for trial and obtain a not guilty verdict if the State is unable to prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt. Whether these options will help is something a felony charge attorney would help you determine.
Eric Rice has experience handling major felonies in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area and around Minnesota. Eric is available to assist on the following matters:
- Cigarette Smuggling
- Computer and Internet Crime
- Domestic Abuse’
- Grand Larceny
- Hate Crime
- Rape/Sexual Assault
- Weapons & Firearms Charges
If you are concerned about a major felony charge, give Eric Rice a call for a free consultation. Eric knows that felonies bring anxiety and questions. He will explain how the process will work and what you can expect. Eric can be reached at (651) 998-9660.