If you are charged under Minnesota’s criminal code for committing a prohibited act, you will be the defendant and the plaintiff will be the government entity (or “the state”) that brought the charge. A prosecutor represents the state and will try to obtain a verdict for the highest available charge under state law. In a criminal case, the state can be a local jurisdiction, like a town or a city, but as a governmental division, is referred to as “the state.”
The U.S. Constitution guarantees you the right to have an lawyer represent you in the specific criminal court where your case will be held. Since you are the defendant, your lawyer is referred to as the Criminal Defense lawyer, since their job is to defend you legally against the charges that have been brought by the state against you. All of the allegations brought by the state must be proven “beyond a reasonable doubt.” You have the right in the most serious criminal cases to have a jury decide your case.
There are numerous factors involved in criminal defense. The following are some of the common factors that are represented and can determine how successful your case is. However, The Defenders attorneys understand all of the factors that can provide an aggressive and strong defense against your criminal charges to fight for a successful outcome for you.
Like all other United States criminal courts, Minnesota Criminal Courts are all governed by the Criminal Procedure Rules. If you are charged in a criminal proceeding, you are required to participate, and since the state can deprive you of property, liberty, and life, there are very high stakes involved in criminal proceedings.
Criminal procedure rules govern nearly all aspects that are involved in criminal proceedings. While your case is proceeding from investigation to indictment, arrest, and then trial, violating these rules can subject you to other additional charges and can provide additional incriminating evidence and under the law may result in extra penalties. These rules govern many aspects ranging from how to introduce and handle evidence, how witnesses can be asked questions, and how to address the opposing counsel and the court.
“What does Criminal Defense” mean? To answer this original question, it means knowing about and applying criminal procedure rules, case law, and statute law, and other factors o make sure that a defendant’s rights are protected under the law. The Defenders lawyers have undergone the required training, have shown the State Bar they are proficient to be accepted as attorneys and have the necessary experience with Minnesota’s courts to provide an aggressive and strong defense for you if you have been charged with a criminal offense.