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Burnsville Violent Crime Lawyers
Aggressive Defense for Violent Crimes in Dakota County & Beyond
Violent crimes are some of the most serious offenses in Minnesota. Convictions can result in lengthy prison sentences, fines, and other severe criminal penalties. If you or someone you love has been arrested for or charged with a violent crime, you must take immediate action to protect your rights and future. At Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, P.A., we understand just how high the stakes are in these cases, and we fight tirelessly to secure the best possible outcome for our clients.
Our Burnsville violent crime attorneys are here to help you navigate the criminal justice system from start to finish. We know what you're up against, and we are prepared to aggressively advocate for you. Our team has more than 100 years of collective experience, and we have successfully handled thousands of cases. We can put our extensive knowledge and skills to work for you.
Types of Violent Crimes We Handle
At Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, P.A., we represent clients who have been accused of all types of violent crimes. Our attorneys have extensive experience in this complex area of law, and we are prepared to fight for you, no matter the specifics of your case.
Our firm represents clients in Burnsville, Dakota County, and the surrounding areas in cases involving all types of violent crimes, including but not limited to:
- Assault: Assault is a broad category that encompasses many different crimes, from simple assault to assault with a dangerous weapon.
- Domestic Violence: Domestic violence is a specific type of assault or other violent crime that occurs between family or household members.
- Homicide: Homicide is a broad category that includes many different types of crimes, from manslaughter to first-degree murder.
- Kidnapping: Kidnapping is the crime of unlawfully moving another person from one place to another, typically against their will.
- Rape: Rape is a specific type of sexual assault that involves non-consensual sexual penetration.
- Robbery: Robbery is the crime of taking another person's property from their immediate possession using force or the threat of force.
- Sexual Assault: Sexual assault is a broad category that includes many different crimes, from rape to sexual misconduct.
Penalties for Violent Crimes
All violent crimes are severely punished in Minnesota. Depending on the specific offense, a conviction can result in a lengthy prison sentence, high fines, and other serious penalties. Additionally, having a violent crime conviction on your criminal record can make it extremely difficult to find employment, secure housing, or obtain professional licenses in the future. You may also lose certain civil rights, such as the right to vote or the right to own a firearm.
Some of the most common penalties for violent crimes include:
- Lengthy prison or jail sentences
- Steep fines and other financial penalties
- Probation or parole
- Restitution to the victim
- Loss of certain civil rights
Common Legal Defenses to Violent Crimes
A legal defense is a strategy used by a defendant in a criminal case to counter or mitigate the charges brought against them. These defenses are legal arguments or justifications presented to challenge the prosecution's case and either avoid conviction or reduce the severity of the penalties imposed.
However, some common legal defenses include:
- Self-defense: This defense asserts that the defendant's actions were necessary to protect themselves or others from imminent harm. To successfully claim self-defense, the defendant must demonstrate that they reasonably believed they were in danger of being harmed and that their use of force was proportional to the threat.
- Defense of others: Similar to self-defense, this defense argues that the defendant's actions were necessary to protect another person from harm. The defendant must show that they reasonably believed the other person was in imminent danger and that their intervention was necessary.
- Defense of property: In some cases, individuals may use force to protect their property from theft or damage. This defense asserts that the defendant's actions were necessary to prevent the unlawful taking or destruction of their property.
- Mistaken identity: This defense claims that the defendant was wrongly identified as the perpetrator of the crime and was not present at the scene of the offense.
- Alibi: An alibi defense asserts that the defendant was elsewhere at the time the crime was committed and therefore could not have been responsible for it.
- Insanity: Defendants may argue that they were legally insane at the time of the offense, meaning they were unable to understand the nature or consequences of their actions or distinguish right from wrong. Insanity defenses typically require expert testimony and psychological evaluation.
- Diminished capacity: This defense asserts that the defendant's mental state at the time of the offense was impaired, but not to the extent required for a successful insanity defense. It may reduce the defendant's culpability or mitigate the severity of the charges.
- Duress or coercion: Defendants may argue that they were forced to commit the crime under threat of harm to themselves or others. This defense requires the defendant to demonstrate that they reasonably believed they had no alternative but to comply with the threat.
- Entrapment: Entrapment occurs when law enforcement officers induce or persuade an individual to commit a crime they would not have otherwise committed. Defendants may claim entrapment as a defense if they can show that they were coerced or tricked into committing the offense.
- Lack of intent: Some violent crimes require proof of intent to harm or commit the unlawful act. Defendants may argue that they lacked the requisite intent, such as acting recklessly rather than intentionally.
Why Choose Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, P.A.?
At Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, P.A., we have a long history of success in violent crime cases. Our attorneys are not afraid to take on tough cases, and we have a proven track record of securing favorable outcomes for our clients.
When you choose our firm, you get:
- A team of proven, award-winning attorneys who are backed by more than a century of collective experience
- Unparalleled dedication and support from the start to the finish of your case
- Custom-tailored legal strategies that are designed to achieve the best possible result
- Compassionate, client-focused representation that puts your needs and goals first
Being charged with a violent crime is a very serious matter. You mustn't face the criminal justice system alone. At Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, P.A., we are here to provide the aggressive representation you deserve. We know what you're up against, and we can help you navigate the process.
1. Don’t Talk to the Police!
It’s crucial to know that while you should remain respectful with authorities, you have the right to remain silent. This a right protected by the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which makes it clear individuals are protected from being compelled to be a witness against him / herself in criminal matters.
It’s important to note that:
- Talking will not help you avoid an arrest. If law enforcement has probable cause to arrest you, then they will arrest you.
- By speaking, you risk making a confession or providing information that can be used to indict you, even unknowingly.
- Even if you feel that information being discussed is “harmless,” it is still in your best interest to invoke your Fifth Amendment right.
2. Ask for a Lawyer!As soon as you can you should elect your right to have a defense attorney present. A Minnesota criminal defense lawyer or public defender can ensure the police do not violate your rights and help you avoid saying anything incriminating during questioning. Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so that we can be by your side whenever you need us. Call now!
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