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Committed And Driven Criminal Defense Representation

A criminal conviction can have a lifetime of complications, even after you have served your sentence. In addition to legal consequences like jail time and heavy fines, a conviction can keep you from earning student loans, employment or housing. When the outcome of your case can define the course of your life, let an experienced criminal defense team fight to earn the outcome you deserve.

At Reichert Law Office, we have been representing clients throughout North Dakota and Northern Minnesota for more than 25 years. Our attorneys have defended clients before the U.S. Supreme Court, and also through life sentences and capital cases. No matter how challenging your case may seem, we are dedicated to defending you against your charges.

Comprehensive Guidance Through Any Charges

No matter how large or small your case may be, we take every case extremely seriously. In the decades we have been fighting criminal charges, we helped clients overcome charges such as:

Our lawyers understand that there are multiple ways to resolve these cases. While beating your criminal charges is often the most desired outcome, we also look into pursuing other options, like negotiating to minimize your charges or sentencing if that is the best course of action for your case. Whether we need to defend your best interests through negotiation or litigation, we are prepared to do what it takes to represent you.

What Should You Do After Being Placed Under Arrest?

Many people make the mistake of assuming that they can explain their way out of trouble. In most cases, this only makes things worse. Remember that if a police officer has placed you under arrest, they are already acting on the assumption that you are guilty. They are more interested in finding ways to confirm your guilt than letting you go.

If you have been placed under arrest, the first thing to do is stop talking. In other words, exercise your right to remain silent. You may need to provide basic information like your name. But if police try to interrogate you, it is best to politely but firmly tell them that you cannot answer any additional questions until you have a lawyer present.

The next step, of course, is to contact a criminal defense attorney. The sooner that one of our lawyers is by your side, the sooner we can begin protecting your rights. The contacts you have with law enforcement in the hours after being arrested are critical. An attorney can ensure you do not say or do anything to jeopardize your defense options.

Why Work With A Private Practice Criminal Defense Lawyer?

Anyone accused of a crime has the right to be represented by an attorney – whether that’s a public defender or a private practice defense attorney. While public defenders are typically talented and dedicated to their clients, most are burdened by unreasonably heavy caseloads and too few resources.

Hiring a private practice defense attorney is a financial investment, but it can help ensure that you receive the attention and representation you need to protect your rights and safeguard your future.

Consider The Many Long-Term Consequences Of A Criminal Conviction

Those charged with a serious felony understand that they are facing the threat of a lengthy jail or prison sentence, steep fines and other harsh sentencing provisions. With any type of criminal conviction – even for minor offenses, the noncriminal consequences can also greatly impact your life.

A criminal background check is a routine aspect of applying for a job, rental housing or credit. A conviction on your record could make it difficult or impossible to access these critical resources.

If you are a young person or are otherwise considering higher education, a criminal conviction may jeopardize your acceptance to a given school or prohibit you from accessing federal student aid.

Finally, certain types of convictions could prevent you from volunteering at your children’s school or participating in other community building work.

These noncriminal consequences often impact people for years or a lifetime – well after their debt to society has been repaid. For these and other reasons, it is critical to work with a skilled attorney who can help you avoid conviction or otherwise minimize the consequences you are facing.

What are my rights when I am stopped by the police?

When stopped by the police in North Dakota, you have the right to:

  • Remain silent
  • Refuse searches without a warrant
  • Ask if you’re free to leave
  • Request a criminal defense lawyer

Be polite, cooperate and exercise your rights calmly.

Do I have to speak to the police?

You have the right to remain silent and are not obligated to speak to the police. It is advisable to exercise this right to avoid self-incrimination. You may politely inform them that you prefer to remain silent and wish to consult a criminal defense attorney before providing any statements.

What should I do if I am charged with a crime?

If charged with a crime, it is crucial to seek legal representation immediately. Contact an experienced criminal defense attorney, remain calm and avoid discussing the case with anyone without legal counsel present.

What is the difference between a misdemeanor and a felony?

A misdemeanor is a less severe offense, typically punishable by fines or less than a year in jail. A felony is a more serious crime, with potential imprisonment exceeding a year. Felonies often result in harsher penalties, including longer prison sentences.

How long does a criminal conviction remain on your record?

The duration a criminal conviction stays on your record varies by jurisdiction. In many cases, convictions may remain on record indefinitely, potentially impacting background checks and various aspects of life.

Begin Building Your Defense Today

If you are facing criminal charges or suspect you will be soon, there is no better time to reach out to us than right now. Call our Grand Forks office at 701-314-2203 or email us here to schedule your free initial consultation today. The sooner you reach out to us, the sooner we can begin developing a personalized strategy to guide you through your criminal defense case.