Collateral Consequences of a Criminal Conviction

What are collateral consequences?

Collateral consequences of criminal conviction, also known as the "Four C's," are legal sanctions imposed upon people in addition to the direct consequences of a conviction, such as jail time, fines and probation. Examples of collateral consequences including losing the right to vote, deportation for immig... Read More

General Court Questions

General Court Questions

When your court day arrives, make sure you're prepared. Below is information and tips that detail everything from when you should arrive to the courthouse to what you should wear to court to what the possible outcomes for you case are. Will my lawyer be with me in court? Your lawyer will be in court for all court ap... Read More


Sentencing happens after a finding of guilt has been declared.

After a criminal defendant is convicted or pleads guilty, a judge will decide on the appropriate punishment during the sentencing part of a criminal case. Will I have to pay my fine right away? Generally, you will be given a reasonable time to pay ... Read More

Court Appearances

General Information on Court Appearances

If you have been arrested or charged with a crime, you will have your day, and often times days, in court. Here's what you need to know about court appearances. What is a bail hearing? At a bail hearing, the court will discuss whether you will be released pending trial, whether bail will be required... Read More

Dealing with the Police

What should I do if I have a police encounter?

If you've been arrested or charged with a crime, or you have an encounter with police, you absolutely need to know your rights. If I am called by a police officer to give a statement, what should I do? Politely tell the officer that you will get back to him or her, and then immediately call yo... Read More

DWI / DUI Information

What should I do if I'm arrested for DWI or DUI?

Every year there are more than 30,000 people arrested for DWI or DUI in Minnesota, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. Minnesota has a legal blood-alcohol limit of .08 for non-commercial drivers, and .04 for commercial drivers. If your blood alcohol content (BAC) is above... Read More

Criminal Charges

What are the different types of criminal charges?

If you've been arrested or charged with a crime in Minnesota, you may have questions about what those charges mean. The following are the general classifications for crimes: What is a petty misdemeanor? A petty misdemeanor is any ticket that has a maximum fine of $300 and carries no potenti... Read More

Police At Your Door

What to Do if Police Show Up at Your Door

Whether you feel at ease or uncomfortable when law enforcement officers are near you, it's important to know your rights. If officers ask you questions, your answers could be used against you in court. It's always important to keep calm and address officers in a respectful manner. So, what should y... Read More

Pulled Over By Police

What You Should Do if Pulled Over By Police

In any situation involving police, even if you believe you have done nothing wrong or have nothing to hide, you should have the knowledge to protect yourself. If you're pulled over while driving your vehicle, here's what you should do: If you see sirens flashing in your rearview mirror and you th... Read More

Police Search Your Property

What should you do if the police want to question you or search your property?

If a police officer or investigator wants to question you about a criminal investigation, you should assert your right to remain silent and have your lawyer present. The Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution provides that you have a right against sel... Read More