Criminal Defense Throughout Minneapolis & St. Paul
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When charged with a crime, life becomes rather confusing. Of course, your mind goes straight to the consequences that must be paid if convicted of that crime. They can include fines, jail time, or both, depending on the crime and its severity. The laws regarding a specific crime determine the penalties that a person must pay.
Crimes are classified as misdemeanors, gross misdemeanors, and felonies. A misdemeanor is the least severe but still has many repercussions. A felony results in jail time and/or fines and can have lifelong consequences that include not being able to obtain housing, losing your drivers or professional license, and losing or not being able to obtain a job that pays well. In other words, your life can be affected in a number of areas that may not be evident when you are first charged, and the consequences can extend far beyond the immediate consequences of the potential sentence.
Fortunately, a competent Minnesota criminal defense attorney can help reach an outcome that either reduces or eliminates the consequences. With Fabian Hoffner in your corner, you will be given the support you need and the ability to make decisions with expert guidance. You will not be left alone in your case.
Felony Defense Lawyer in Minneapolis
A felony offense is very serious. It does result in a permanent mark on your record and, while felony convictions usually result in prison time, there are other lifelong consequences as well. These consequences include not being able to find a good paying job, having difficulty finding a place to live if the landlord does background checks, not being able to acquire insurance, losing your drivers license or professional license, and having the public know about your criminal record.
Only certain crimes qualify as felonies. If charged with these offenses or any that qualify as a felony, you will need a competent attorney immediately. Your first hearing will be your arraignment after bail and release conditions are established. At your arraignment, you will be informed of the charges you face to then move onto the omnibus hearing in which your attorney challenges probable cause, such as evidence being secured against you illegally. Next is your pre-trial hearing in which a plea bargain may be negotiated between your attorney and the prosecution. If there is no plea bargain, the case goes to trial, but know that Fabian Hoffner will be with you during the entire process.
Misdemeanor Defense Lawyer Minneapolis
A misdemeanor does not always have the lifelong consequences a felony does and may not even result in jail time, but probation or community service. Still, there are some fields, such as the healthcare field, that will not tolerate so much as a misdemeanor. You could have a misdemeanor expunged from your record after allowing it to remain there for a specific amount of time, but not all offenses can be expunged. That is why you need to have a criminal defense attorney representing you.
If you or a loved one has been accused of a crime, know that you will not necessarily have to face the highest consequences. It can be difficult not to worry, but with a supportive and aggressive attorney on your side, you could have your charges reduced or completely dismissed. For your free consultation, call 612-206-3777 to learn about your options, your rights, and to have any questions you may have answered honestly and promptly.
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