North Dakota Criminal Law Questions And Answers
Facing a criminal charge can be demoralizing, and the criminal justice system can be confusing. To fully fight for your rights, hiring a skilled criminal defense lawyer is the best option.
At Reichert Law Office, we tackle tough criminal cases that others reject, and we establish strong relationships with our clients to ensure they are informed throughout their cases. If you are facing criminal charges, here are answers to some common questions we receive.
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.