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Lakeville Criminal Defense Lawyer
Put Our Team of Former Prosecutors on Your Side
If you or a loved one has been arrested or charged with a crime in Minnesota, it is essential to have a lawyer who is knowledgeable, experienced, and dedicated to protecting your rights and interests. At Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, P.A., we are dedicated to providing clients with exceptional legal representation and results.
If you are facing criminal charges, you need an attorney who is capable of providing the representation and advocacy that you need and deserve. At our firm, we are highly experienced and have a broad range of criminal law experience between us. We have handled thousands of cases, and we have the skills, knowledge, and insight to help you resolve your case efficiently and successfully.
Types of Criminal Cases We Handle
As former prosecutors, we have a unique perspective and understanding of the criminal justice system and the challenges that criminal defendants face. We have a deep understanding of how prosecutors think and operate, and we know how to use that knowledge to our clients' advantage. We have the skills and experience to effectively challenge the government's case against you, and we will do everything in our power to ensure that you receive the best possible outcome in your case.
We represent clients facing a wide range of criminal charges, including the following:
- Drug crimes
- Gun crimes
- Violent crimes
- White collar crimes
- Sex crimes
- Juvenile crimes
- Theft crimes
- Property crimes
We have handled thousands of cases over the years. We have handled everything from minor traffic violations to serious felonies and everything in between. When you hire our firm, you can be confident that we will work tirelessly on your behalf and explore all of your legal options and defenses. Our team will be there for you at every step of the process and will always keep you informed and updated on your case and the progress we are making.
Misdemeanors vs Felonies in Minnesota
In Minnesota, criminal offenses are categorized into two primary types: misdemeanors and felonies. Although misdemeanors are less severe compared to felony offenses, being found guilty can still result in incarceration and substantial fines.
Minnesota recognizes three classifications of misdemeanors:
- Petty Misdemeanor: This is the least serious type of misdemeanor offense in Minnesota. The maximum penalty for a petty misdemeanor is a fine of $300.
- Misdemeanor: This category of misdemeanor carries a maximum penalty of 90 days in jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000.
- Gross Misdemeanor: Regarded as the most serious misdemeanor offense, a conviction can lead to a maximum jail term of 364 days and/or a fine of up to $3,000.
On the other hand, Minnesota does not utilize classification systems for felony offenses as some other states do. Instead, state law stipulates the maximum penalties for each felony. A felony conviction not only entails imprisonment and substantial fines, often amounting to tens of thousands of dollars, but it can also result in the loss of certain rights, such as the right to vote or own a firearm.
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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Attorney Joseph Tamburino is a Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist, achieved by only 3% of Attorneys
We have represented thousands of clients and we have handled hundreds of jury trials
Our attorneys have worked as prosecutors and public defenders throughout the state
Our team is available 24/7 – when our clients need us, we’re there for them
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