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If you are arrested for murder or manslaughter in Minnesota, you are facing extremely serious charges.
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Woodbury Manslaughter Lawyer

St. Paul, MN Defense Lawyer for Murder and Manslaughter Charges

If you are arrested for murder or manslaughter in Minnesota, you are facing extremely serious charges. These charges can have the most severe sentences allowed under Minnesota law. Potential penalties include life in prison. When the circumstances are this dire, your future depends to a great degree on the quality of the Woodbury Manslaughter Lawyer you choose to represent you.

I am criminal defense attorney Justin Schiks. I have the experience and legal skills you need when you are facing murder or manslaughter charges. I aggressively defend the rights of people charged with:

  • Murder in the first degree: Killing another person with premeditation and intent, or while committing another crime. Punishable by life in prison.
  • Murder in the second degree: Includes drive-by shootings and unintentional murders. Punishable by up to 40 years in prison.
  • Murder in the third degree: Includes taking another’s life by behaving in a manner that is eminently dangerous to others and without regard for human life. Punishable by up to 25 years in prison, $40,000 in fines, or both.
  • Manslaughter in the first degree: Includes killing another person in the heat of passion, among other definitions. Punishable by 15 years in prison, $30,000 in fines, or both.
  • Manslaughter in the second degree: Causing the death of another through negligence by taking or creating unreasonable risk. A hunting accident, child endangerment, and letting a dangerous dog run free can all result in second-degree manslaughter charges. Punishable by 10 years in prison and up to $20,000 in fines or both.
  • Vehicular homicideCausing the death of another while operating a vehicle in a grossly negligent manner or while driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Drivers who cause a collision and then leave the scene of the accident can also be charged with vehicular homicide. Punishable by up to 10 years in prison and $20,000 in fines or both.

While these charges are serious, your situation is far from hopeless. I will study the evidence against you, investigate the facts of the case, and explore all possible defense strategies. Did you act in self-defense? Are the prosecution’s witnesses reliable or are they motivated by their own self-interest? Is there a possibility it was someone else, not you, who was responsible for the crime? Did the police follow proper procedures in your arrest? Is there any forensic evidence linking you to the crime and, if so, how reliable is it? In short, I will leave no stone unturned in my pursuit of a positive outcome for your case.

If you are being charged with murder, manslaughter, or any other violent crime, you can depend on me for straightforward legal advice and a zealous defense of your rights and your freedom. To discuss your case with our Woodbury Manslaughter Lawyer, Justin Schiks, please call 651-362-9426.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you are charged with a misdemeanor or felony crime,  you will need a good criminal defense lawyer to help with your case. To  qualify as a quality legal representative, an attorney should be  well-versed in state and local laws. In this case, it means having a  thorough understanding of Minnesota and Woodbury laws and statutes. A  good criminal lawyer will take the time to listen to your side of the  story. They will also approach a case based on the evidence and without  making any judgments based on a defendant’s perceived character.  Finally, a good attorney will allow the defendant to have control of how  the case proceeds. This means that they get to decide whether to take a  plea deal, testify at trial or make other important decisions. While an  attorney may not agree with those decisions and will advise as such,  the best ones respect whatever choices a client makes.
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After someone has been arrested, there are various  procedures that follow. First, their case will be given to the proper  prosecutor’s office where a decision of what charges -if any- will be  filed. A prosecutor isn’t bound by the initial charge decision, they may  change it later if more evidence is obtained. Please note that they  also have the right to a speedy trial. In Minnesota, this means that  they have to be tried within 120 days of pleading not guilty or within  60 days of demanding a trial. After that, is their arraignment. During  the arraignment, the judge will read the defendant’s charges, ask the  defendant if they have an attorney or needs the assistance of a  court-appointed attorney, ask the defendant how they plead to the  charges, decides whether to alter the bail amount or to release the  defendant on their own recognizance and finally announce the dates of  future proceedings in the case. They may be able to get out of jail  after their arrest and before the trial by posting bail. Posting bail is  the process of giving the court money to ensure that they’ll make an  appearance at future dates. If they do, the court refunds the money. If  they don’t, the court will keep it and be able to issue a warrant for  your arrest.
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Being arrested is serious, and if the police want to  speak with you after you have been arrested it is important that you  understand your rights. You have certain constitutional rights that  protect you when you are arrested by the police. Among these rights are:  (1) the right to remain silent, and (2) the right to speak with an  attorney. If you choose to give up these rights, anything you say could  potentially be used against you in legal proceedings. In contrast,  anything that you say to a lawyer is protected by the attorney-client  privilege and cannot be discovered by law enforcement or used against  you. When you are arrested, it is impossible to know what evidence law  enforcement currently has or what evidence they might develop in your  case. It is permissible for law enforcement to lie to you during  questioning and use other interrogation methods to influence your  statements. In addition, you will likely be under emotional stress due  to the arrest. If you are arrested, you should assert your  constitutional rights. Remain silent. Do not talk to the police. Request  to speak with an experienced criminal defense lawyer who can protect  you and give you the advice you need.
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After being charged with a crime you will face an  arraignment, which is also known as the first appearance. This first  stage of the criminal process is to ensure that your constitutional  rights are met. The charges and consequences you are facing are  explained in detail. This process was initially put in place for  individuals with literacy issues, comprehension, and language barriers.  Prosecutors are usually known to encourage most defendants to plead  guilty for less jail time or in accordance with the statistics of like  crimes. You must keep in mind that the prosecution works on behalf of  Minnesota state and not the defendant. Guilty pleas close their cases  automatically. The defendant is the one that either benefits or suffers  from their plea. It is imperative that you make your plea in accordance  with the charges and evidence presented against you. Obtaining legal  representation may be the best way to ensure your due process. During  this first appearance, a public defender will be assigned to you if you  cannot afford to retain private legal services.
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A pretrial conference is a meeting that is held usually  about 30 days before the trial between the plaintiff, judge, prosecutor,  and defense counsel. This meeting is the perfect platform to ensure  that all evidence, charges, witnesses, and motions are legitimate. On  some occasions, there is sufficient evidence presented to drop the case  or acquire a conviction. Plea bargaining may come into play at this  point based on what is discussed. Other parties may also be invited to  this preliminary meeting as well at the discretion of the judge.  Deadlines are set in place for the discovery process, serving or filing  motions, plea bargaining, and trial proceedings. There are times when a  judge may schedule another pretrial conference before determining  whether a trial is necessary. Avoiding having to go to trial may or may  not be in your best interest. You want to make sure that your defense  team diligently seeks ways to decrease criminal punishment or discredits  the evidence brought against you altogether. The decision to go to  court should be one based on facts and in accordance with Minnesota law.
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There is a common misconception that if the complaining party in a criminal case does not want to cooperate with the prosecution or does not want to continue to press charges then the case will be dismissed. In reality, once someone complains to law enforcement, they have no ability to control how the case will proceed through the criminal justice system. Ultimately, it will be up to the County Attorney or City Prosecutor to determine whether a criminal case will proceed. Some complaining parties believe they can stop a prosecution from going forward by refusing to testify. What these people do not understand is that the County Attorneys and City Prosecutors have the ability to compel witness testimony through the subpoena process. If a witness disobeys a subpoena and refuses to testify, they can face serious consequences including fines and jail time. Rather than try to manipulate the outcome of a criminal case by refusing to cooperate or trying to drop charges, one should seek the advice of an experienced criminal defense attorney. By working within the system through an experienced attorney, you will have a greater chance of achieving your goal and having the charges dismissed.

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