Common Questions: Criminal Charges

Answers from Criminal Lawyers in St. Paul and Minneapolis

How do I choose an attorney?
When you are facing criminal charges, the quality and commitment of your defense attorney is a crucial issue. Will the attorney take the time to focus on your case? Will you be "just another number"? At Mohammad, Schiks and Jaafar, P.A., we provide personal legal services on a one-on-one basis, and our results-oriented approach to defending charges and our reasonable rates can allow you to have the quality defender you need, as well as the personal attention to your case that is actually necessary if you are hoping to avoid a conviction.

Will I go to jail for a DWI charge?
Any DWI offense carries the potential of jail time. Under Minnesota Statues, chapter 169A, even a first time DWI conviction can mean up to 90 days in jail and a fine of $1,000. This is in a simple DWI offense, without any aggravating factors or a breath test refusal. If you have a prior conviction on DWI within the last 10 years, including a test refusal or other aggravating factor, you could face third degree charges, which are punishable by up to 1 year in jail as well as a fine of $3,000. Felony DWI charges, when convicted can lead to up to 7 years in prison and a $14,000 fine. These cases involve 3 prior convictions, or one prior felony DWI conviction. Any DWI or DUI charge is serious and should be aggressively defended.

What if I discover I am under investigation for a violent crime?
If you are under investigation and not yet arrested, you can assume that an arrest will take place in the near future. It is crucial that you exercise your right to remain silent and do not engage in any interviews with law enforcement or other investigatory units without first retaining the services of an attorney from Mohammad, Schiks and Jaafar, P.A. Protecting your rights in any questions can be a pivotal factor in defending against the charges when they are filed.

What criminal charges does your firm defend?
At our firm we are committed to providing an aggressive defense against all types of criminal charges, from any DWI/DUI, through to probation violations or charges of disorderly conduct to all theft crimes, from misdemeanor to felony, as well as serious traffic offenses, and violent crimes, including assault, murder, manslaughter, and domestic assault.

Contact Mohammad, Schiks and Jaafar, P.A. today to learn more. We can answer your questions about how we will defend your case.