Criminal Defense

Martine Law PLLC

If you are being investigated for a crime, it is in your best interest to call Martine Law at (612) 208-8076 for a consultation.

DWI

If you have been charged with a DWI (Driving While Intoxicated) in Minnesota, it’s critical for you to assert your constitutional rights immediately. A DWI conviction can have serious and lasting consequences, including future employment prospects, housing, and the ability to get credit. Both first-time offenders and repeat offenders face mandatory fines and penalties. Additionally, there are a host of related offenses that may also be implicated if you are charged with a DWI.

Drug Charges

Anyone who possesses any controlled substance or narcotic drug in the State of Minnesota without a valid prescription may be charged with drug possession and could face imprisonment and/or fines.
We know how a drug charge can impact professional licenses, and employment or educational opportunities. Martine Law will fight for you so you can move forward with your life.

Assault

When you are accused of a crime like assault, you may feel stressed, frightened, and worried. Martine Law can guide you through the court system and make sure your constitutional rights are protected. We have the experience to anticipate the State’s arguments, and we will prepare the strongest possible defense for you.

Theft

Any criminal charge can have lasting consequences on a person’s life. This is especially true for theft-related convictions. In addition to jail time and a criminal record, a theft conviction can result in, among other things, employers denying an employment opportunity.

Burglary Charges

One of the most common criminal charges in Minnesota is burglary. It is a very serious offense that carries severe penalties. Police pursue suspected burglars aggressively. If you’ve been charged with this offense, you need an experienced attorney to help you mount an effective defense. Martine Law may be able to help you with your case.

Traffic Offenses

Almost every driver has been pulled over by the police for a traffic offense that may seem to be insignificant. However, even minor traffic offenses have consequences. For example, Minnesota records each moving violation on your driving record. Those violations affect your insurance rates. If you accumulate too many moving violations, the state will suspend your license.

Harassment Charges

In Minnesota, a harassment charge may include many kinds of conduct. It is often charged as a Domestic Abuse No Contact Order (DANCO), Order for Protection (OFP), or a Harassment Restraining Order (HRO). These charges should be taken seriously, as it can result in negative consequences for the rest of your life.

Driver's License Suspension

Most people rely on the ability to drive in every aspect of their lives, including traveling to and from work and caring for family members. When that ability is threatened by a potential driver’s license suspension, the future can be uncertain. You may be concerned about how you will take care of daily responsibilities without a license.

Expungements

Don’t let your past hold you back. When you have an old arrest or a criminal legal proceeding on your record, it can hold you back despite never being found guilty of a crime in some circumstances. Potential employers, landlords, loan officers, and college admissions officers may misunderstand your record and get a wrong impression of you. You could lose out on opportunities because you are viewed as a criminal when you are an upstanding citizen.

When your education, career, and well-being are hurt by your criminal record, you should consider expungement and whether this process is right for you. Expungement removes your criminal file from the court and public records, which means it will not show up on a background check. If the court approves an expungement, then it is as if that arrest, detainment, or proceeding never happened.

Probation Violations

If you’ve violated your probation, you may have a warrant for your arrest. You can call (612) 348-2000, 24/7 to check for a warrant. A probation violation can quickly turn into a criminal conviction with lifelong consequences. A simple violation can extend the duration of your probation term, or at worst land you in jail or prison.

Your rights in a criminal Investigation

Being charged with a crime can be an overwhelming experience. The investigation leading up to arrest and subsequent evidence gathering can be confusing. You may be unsure of what you should do and how to interact with the police and investigators. It’s important to know that during a criminal investigation, you have rights.

Fourth Amendment Rights

The purpose of the Fourth Amendment is to protect citizens from unreasonable searches and seizures. It states that, except in certain circumstances, police must obtain a search warrant prior to searching you, your home, or your car. In order to get a search warrant, the police must properly request one from a judge. The judge will only issue a warrant if the police officer establishes probable cause that the evidence of a crime will be found on the person or premises that they would like to search.

While the search is being performed, the police must stay within the scope of the warrant. For instance, if the warrant is for drugs, the police do have the right to go through drawers and cupboards. However, if the warrant is for a stolen automobile, the police cannot go through drawers and cupboards and other places that would be too small to hide a car.

Fifth Amendment Rights

Many people have heard the term “pleading the fifth” but do not know what it means. This phrase refers to the Fifth Amendment, which states that nobody can be forced to provide evidence or bear witness against themselves in a criminal case. If the police ask you if you’ve committed a crime and answering would incriminate you, you can remain silent.

The Fifth Amendment relates to the Miranda warning that law enforcement officers must state when arresting someone. The Miranda warning states: “You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to speak to an attorney, and to have an attorney during any questioning.” When being questioned by the police, you have a right to remain silent and seek legal assistance. You should never answer questions about the crime until you’ve consulted with an attorney.

Sixth Amendment Rights

The Sixth Amendment gives you the right to an attorney during interrogation, trial, sentencing, and the initial appeal of a conviction. It also guarantees that you have the right to a jury, the right to have the jury listen to all witnesses and see all evidence, the right to be present during your trial, and the right to question any witnesses who are building a case against you. In addition, it gives you the right to have your own witnesses, the right to testify yourself, and the right to have the state prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

How a Criminal Defense Attorney Can Protect Your Rights

During a criminal investigation, it’s crucial that you exercise your right to hire a criminal defense lawyer from Martine Law. With legal representation by your side, you can ensure that your Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Amendment rights are protected and reduce your chances of a criminal conviction. You can count on Martine Law to represent you during every step of the investigation.

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