Minneapolis Police Officer Michael Lewis Griffin, accused of lying to investigators and excessive use of force as a police officer, is one of the most recent headline-grabbing defendants in the Twin Cities, but his case is not unique.
When the accused is a public official, public employee or well-known person, or when the crime itself is especially graphic or noteworthy, he often faces two trials: one in the media and one in the courtroom. Even if your case is not attracting national or even state attention, when you are accused of a crime, it’s time to hire a Minneapolis criminal defense attorney.
While most people know, from police dramas on television and in the movies, that they should ask for an attorney when being arrested or questioned by police, many don’t hire an attorney as early as they should. If you have been accused of a crime or even just been told you are a person of interest, hiring a criminal defense attorney can be a good way to beat the court of public opinion.
Often a mere accusation, especially in violent or sexual crimes, is enough to destroy a person’s reputation. When you hire a criminal defense attorney, you are hiring an advocate who can help you prove that you are not guilty. Many times the mere presence of an attorney will change the way police handle a case, perhaps even preventing you from being arrested in connection with a crime.
If you are accused of a crime, whether at work on in your personal life, contact us before you are arrested so that we can help you prevent the needless smearing of your name.