Minneapolis Criminal Defense Lawyer
Charged with a crime?
For those who are facing criminal charges, the concerns and fears are very real. Your future is at risk of serious penalties, including jail or prison time, fines, and other penalties. When you are in this position the first and most important thing you must do is contact a Minneapolis criminal defense lawyer from Martin Law Offices. Attorney Martin has the trial experience and the dedication to defending his clients that you need if you have been caught up in the criminal justice system. Whether you are facing a drug crime charge, criminal traffic offense, theft charges or another serious misdemeanor or felony offense, it is crucial that you have a criminal defense attorney that you can trust to fight for you and protect your rights.
Our Areas of Practice
Attorney Martin and the legal team at the firm can provide high-quality criminal defense for the following criminal charges and more:
An internet crime can include internet sex crime, identity theft and fraudulent online activity, and even verbal assault. Although these crimes rarely involve any physical contact when being carried out, the penalties of them, if convicted, are still just as severe as those of similar criminal offenses.
There are two types of traffic violations that you could be charged with—criminal charges and/or a minor traffic violation. Both have the potential to carry serious penalties if convicted, however. If you are facing any type of traffic violation, a qualified attorney can help you to avoid increased insurance premiums, fees, and other serious consequences.
Theft crimes include criminal offenses such as burglary, robbery, shoplifting, and even fraud. Being convicted of any of these crimes could result in jail time, heavy fines, and a mark on your criminal record. Enlisting the assistance of experienced legal representation could help you to avoid unwarranted penalties, however.
A drug crime can include anything from possession, trafficking and distribution, to manufacturing and cultivating. If charged with any of these offenses, you could face serious consequences, but the penalties vary depending on the type of offense committed.
Being convicted of driving under the influence may entail a slew of serious penalties. You may face time in jail, fines, license suspension, and mandatory alcohol education courses, but a knowledgeable attorney can educate you on viable options for a defense against these consequences.
Sex crime cases can be some of the most debilitating for an individual's future if they are found guilty of a sexual offense. The stigma of being labeled a sex offender can be the most devastating consequence of all, but with the right legal representation, you may be successful in fighting a conviction.
Domestic violence can include any physical, mental or emotional abuse that occurs within a household. This could include physical violence, intimidation and threats, or even kidnapping and stalking. Serious consequences may befall anyone convicted of a domestic violence charge.
Felony charges carry much severity in a criminal case. Common felony charges may include murder, child abuse, fraud or assault, but they are not impossible to defend with an experienced criminal defense lawyer.
Juvenile crimes include any offense committed by a minor—including underage drinking, providing fake identification, traffic offenses, and even theft crimes. With an experienced attorney on your side, they can help you work toward a record expungement in the case that you have been convicted of a juvenile crime.
Misdemeanor offenses carry less consequence than a felony would, but there are also different degrees of severity. Being convicted of vehicular homicide, for example, would entail a different degree of misdemeanor charges than a DWI/DUI.
When placed under probation, specific conditions will be put into place. If you have violated any of the specified conditions—failing to appear in court, failing to report to your probation officer, committing additional crimes—you may face increased penalties.
One may be charged with assault if they inflict serious bodily harm on someone else through a physical attack, and/or aggravated assault if they threaten them with a deadly or dangerous weapon. Assault covers a wide range of physical actions, but a knowledgeable attorney will know how to discern the validity of an assault charge.
A bench warrant is an order that has been issued by a judge for law enforcement officials to bring a specified individual into custody so that they can appear before court. These warrants are usually issued for a "failure to appear," but a qualified attorney is essential in helping you throughout the confusing legal process.
A weapons crime charge may result for a number of reasons, even if the weapon is not actually used. It could encompass carrying a concealed weapon to assault with a deadly weapon, but a qualified lawyer can make sure that your right to carry a weapon is not violated.
Arrest and Bail
After being arrested for a criminal offense, bail will usually be set for the defendant. Sometimes, however, they may not be able to afford the cost, so enlisting the help of an experienced criminal attorney is often the best way to avoid being sentenced to an unreasonable bail amount.
What Are My Rights?
When arrested for a criminal charge, everyone has the freedom to evoke certain rights. The most important right to wary of is the right to avoid self-incrimination, meaning after an arrest, an individual has the right to remain silent and seek counsel.
White Collar Crimes
These types of crimes are not violent in nature, and they are usually driven with a financial motive for personal gain. White collar criminals are more often than not, the upper-class business individuals who you would least expect to commit a crime. They are highly respected, educated and affluent people who produce fraud schemes in order to get more money.
Contact a Minneapolis criminal attorney
from the firm at once if you are facing criminal charges.