The 4th of July holiday weekend has come and gone. Maybe you’re lucky and you have Monday off as well, or maybe you’re unlucky and the only reason you’re not at work right now is because you were arrested over the holiday weekend. If this is the case, you can take solace in knowing that you are not alone. Hundreds of Minnesota were cited or arrested this weekend, and many of them are looking for a lawyer. If you’re in a similar situation, we implore you to reach out to Avery and the team at Appelman Law Firm.
Handling Your Holiday Arrest
Getting arrested over a holiday can put a damper on the festivities, but you can soften the blow a little bit if you know how to act in the wake of the arrest. For starters, the first thing you’ll want to do is to contact and experienced criminal defense lawyer. This is especially true if you’re being held at the station until you can be brought before a judge, but even if you’ve been charged and released, getting on the phone with a criminal lawyer can ensure you handle the next steps properly.
For example, if you’re still at the station, your lawyer will explain why it’s important you don’t overshare information when questioned by police, and they may tell you to stay silent altogether. We can send a lawyer to the station and help secure your release so you don’t need to spend extra hours or days in a holding cell. If you’ve already been released, this call to a lawyer will lay the groundwork for your next steps. You may be embarrassed and wish that the whole situation would just go away, but pleading guilty and asking for leniency isn’t typically the best route. Instead, set up a consultation with a lawyer and learn about all your legal options.
When you sit down with a lawyer, we’ll go over the basics of your case and get your version of events. From there, we’ll discuss your legal options and how we’d move forward defending the case. If you want to move forward with us by your side, we’ll begin reviewing police reports, contacting witnesses and doing everything in our power to develop the strongest defense.
As we plan your defense, we also connect with the prosecution to see if there’s a deal that could benefit both sides. If you’re dead set on taking the case to trial, we’re all on board, but if your biggest concern is avoiding jail time or keeping your driver’s license, we can reach out and see if a plea deal can be arraigned with those concerns in mind. It might not be a perfect solution, but oftentimes the known is better than the unknown that can come with the legal process. We wouldn’t be doing our job if we didn’t explore all your options, which is why we listen to your concerns and keep them in mind when discussing a plea deal.
So if your holiday weekend took a turn for the worse, or you end up in a legal bind and need an expert in your corner, pick up the phone and call Appelman Law Firm at (952) 224-2277. We answer our phones 24/7 so that we can help you whenever trouble strikes. Give us a call today or click here to set up that free consultation.