The upcoming stretch of days that includes Blackout Wednesday, Thanksgiving, Black Friday and the weekend is usually a busy time for Minnesotans and for the team at Appelman Law Firm. There is oftentimes a lot of time off, travel and alcohol consumption during this stretch of days, and if you make some poor decisions, you can end up in jail. We typically see a spike in drunk driving arrests over the Thanksgiving holiday, and we want to make sure that you know what to do in the event you or someone you know earns a DWI so that they can avoid an extended stay in jail and a criminal conviction.
We’ve dedicated countless blogs to tips on how you can avoid a DWI over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, so you can check out those blogs or you can simply plan ahead and avoid getting behind the wheel if you’ve been drinking. For the sake of this blog, we’re going to assume you did not follow that advice you and ended up being arrested for DWI.
Depending on the specifics of your case, there is a decent chance that you could be held at the police station until you can be brought before a judge. If you are arrested on Wednesday night or anytime afterwards, there’s a real possibility that your local courthouse will be closed until Monday. Many courts in Minnesota are closed on Thanksgiving and the following Friday, meaning that you may not be able to be brought before a judge to have your charges officially read until Monday. This may mean that you cannot be released until Monday, unless you connect with a lawyer who can help to secure your release.
We’re not saying that anyone arrested for DWI on Thanksgiving will automatically be held until Monday, but the holiday certainly slows things down and can make it a real hassle to earn your release. We answer our phones 24 hours a day, seven days week including throughout holiday weekends because we know how important it is that we are there for you when you need us most. We can help to secure your release so that you can get back to your family or your job without major interruption or embarrassment.
Even if you can secure your release on your own, you’ll want to connect with a lawyer during a free case review session to talk about your future prospects and your next steps forward. Don’t just plan on pleading guilty and hoping for a slap on the wrist, because odds are you’ll end up in a much worse position than had you hired a lawyer. We can contest all aspects of the traffic stop and help you beat the charges, get them reduced or negotiate a highly advantageous plea deal so that you can avoid major problems at sentencing. We’ve helped countless clients navigate the court system after a DWI arrest, and we’d be happy to help you out of a stick situation as well.
We hope that you have an enjoyable and safe Thanksgiving weekend, but we expect our phones to be a little busier than normal. We are ready and waiting in the event that you or someone you know needs legal assistance over the holiday weekend. For more information, or to get in contact with an experienced criminal lawyer, reach out to Avery and the team at Appelman Law Firm today at (952) 224-2277.