Saturday, March 22, 2014
Any individual who seeks legal services already knows they need the help of an experienced Minnesota Criminal Defense Attorney. That being said ... the should not have to go to law school to understand the legal system.
Having had been at this for some time, I am well aware that individuals who have been arrested for something are frightened about the consequences they may face. They have been through an emotional experience. They don’t understand the legal process and they can be frustrated by people who speak in legal jargon.
One of my jobs is to explain to individuals what their rights are, to look at whether any of them have been violated and to explain how the court system works — to make it a lot less intimidating and frightening. If you or someone you love has caught a case, you likely think that there is serious trouble ahead. My goal is to talk straight ... to tell the truth ... and by shining light on the dilemma --- help everyone understand what they’re facing and what the possibilities are.
I take the time to explain in a language they can understand exactly what the issues are. I know how to ask the right questions. They can explain to me in their own words what happened and I can translate that from legal jargon into what their rights and responsibilities will be.
I do that throughout the whole process, not at just the first meeting.... through the whole case.
For any criminal defense legal services you think you might need, please feel free to contact the Rolloff Law Office for a FREE CONSULTATION and to earn a clear understanding of what your options are. CALL NOW: (612) 234-1165
One of the most popular questions I get is: Do I really need a Minnesota Criminal Defense Lawyer to help me fight a traffic ticket?
Sure, sometimes it just makes sense to pay the fine for a minor speeding, an illegal turn, or running a red light citation. If you have a good driving record and you are ticketed or a minor infraction, chances are the fine will not be excessive. The judge may even decide on a reduced penalty without any defense statement from you. You should also look at options offered in some areas such as deferment --- from a hearing officer.
On the other hand, a major infraction such as Minnesota Drunk Driving arrest can cost you thousands of dollars in fines, increased car insurance rates, and fees associated with the reinstatement of your driving privileges. In that case - an experienced Minnesota Criminal Defense Attorney may be able to save you an enormous amount of money. Some of the savings are realized years down the road.
A Couple of Reasons Why You Might Want to Hire a Lawyer to Fight a Traffic Ticket
1. Reducing Or Eliminating The Fine
A serious moving violation may carry a penalty of as much as $1,000. If you already have a clean driving record - don't you want to keep it that way? An attorney working on your behalf may be able to work out a deal with the court - to keep this ticket off of your record too.
2. Arguing The Citation
If the alleged infraction is serious and you believe you are innocent, hiring a lawyer to represent you may save you a great deal of money. Lawyers with experience in Minnesota traffic court matters may successfully argue that the citation was unwarranted. In the end, the only cost you pay is for the services of your legal representative
3. Preventing Insurance Rate Hikes
If you have one or two violations on record, your latest infraction could have a very damaging impact on your insurance premiums. An attorney may be able to successfully defend you against the charge, eliminating the increased insurance costs.
A major traffic violation could result in a fine and a huge hike in insurance rates over the next two years. The money you spend on a lawyer - although a HIT now could end up being money saved over the long term.
What can it hurt to at least speak to a lawyer? Many, like myself, offer a free consultations in order to gather facts concerning your case. Seriously, there are usually one or two key points I like to know in order to determine if you have a chance of beating a traffic ticket in court. Sure, I can't guarantee that you will be able to have a traffic citation thrown out in court - or that the Nor can fine will be reduced to zero. However, having had been a prosecutor myself - I have a lot of experience in using that "insider's" knowledge to earn my clients the outcomes they're seeking Call the Rolloff Law Office today to get FREE answers: (612) 234-1165.
Saturday, March 15, 2014
If you have been charged with DWI, please review the following information and do not hesitate to seek help from an experienced Minnesota DWI Defense Attorney.
How drunk does someone have to be before they can be convicted of driving under the influence?
In the State of Minnesota, any blood alcohol level of (.08) or higher will subject you to criminal charges and/or a conviction. However, your driving skills are affected from the first drink of alcohol. Your ability to pay attention, react, see clearly, maintain coordination, and make good choices are impaired with each drink.
How many drinks can I have before being over (.08)?
It is not the number of drinks alone that determines how high your blood alcohol levels are. Wine, beer, mixed drinks and hard liquor have different percentages of alcohol so it’s more important to focus on how much total alcohol you have consumed over a certain period of time. Additionally, your impairment and your blood alcohol levels are influenced by gender, age, weight, amount and type of food you have eaten, medications, and other factors.
Do I have to take a blood, breath, or urine test if asked to do so by the police?
The answer is almost always “yes” because refusing to do so is considered a crime, a Gross Misdemeanor, in the State of Minnesota. If you refuse to take a test when you are stopped, your license may be revoked for at least a year --- depending on any "priors" you might have.
I tested under the legal limit and I’m still charged with DWI, is that legal?
The answer is “yes”. A person can be charged and convicted even if their blood alcohol concentration is below the legal limit if the alleged improper driving conduct establishes that the driver is “under the influence” of alcohol.
How long will I lose my driver’s license?
The length of revocation or cancellation of your driver’s license depends on many factors including your blood alcohol concentration, whether or not you took the test, the number of prior offenses, your age, and the length of time between offenses. Typically, if it is your first offense and your blood alcohol concentration was under (.16), your license will be revoked for 90 days --- but maybe as few as 30. For more information, you should contact The Rolloff Law Office at (612) 234-1165.
When can I get a work permit (limited license)?
Again, a person’s eligibility for a work permit (limited license) depends upon numerous factors including, but not limited to, blood alcohol concentration, number of prior offenses, and whether or not you took the test. Typically, if it is your first offense and your blood alcohol concentration is under (.16) then you can apply for a work permit 15 days after the expiration of your temporary license.
How do I get my license reinstated or get a work permit?
Generally, in order to have your license reinstated, or to get a limited license, you must follow the requirements established by the Department of Public Safety. If it is your first offense, you must: (1) pay the reinstatement fee,, (2) make an application for a new license, and (3) take a written test on chapters 7 and 8 of the Minnesota Driver’s Manual.
If convicted of Drunk Driving, you could face fines, penalties, jail time, and more. Because of these harsh results, you would be making a serious mistake if you took your DUI / DWI lightly! Get the legal help you need from an experienced Minnesota DWI Lawyer. Call the Rolloff Law Office TODAY. (612) 234-1165
Thursday, March 6, 2014
If you have been charged with DWI in Scott County, take sometime to look at the following information and do not hesitate to seek immediate assistance from an experienced Minnesota Criminal Defense Attorney.
How intoxicated does someone have to be before they can be convicted of driving under the influence?
In the State of Minnesota, any blood alcohol level ("BAC") of .08 or higher could subject you to conviction. However, your driving skills are affected from the first drink of alcohol 0 ie., "buzzed" driving. Your ability to pay attention, react, see clearly, maintain coordination, and make good choices are impaired with each drink.
How many drinks can I have before being over .08?
Honestly, it is not the number of drinks alone that determines how high your blood alcohol levels are. Rather ... it’s more important to focus on how much total alcohol you have consumed over a certain period of time.
Do I have to take a blood, breath, or urine test if asked to do so by the police?
The answer is almost always “yes” because refusing to do so could subject you to a more serious charge, that is easier to prove: Refusing to Test. If you don't agree to take the test when you are stopped, your license may be revoked for at least a year.
I tested under the legal limit and I’m still charged with DWI, is that allowed?
Sadly, the answer is “yes”. A person can be charged and convicted even if their blood alcohol concentration is below the legal limit if their driving conduct establishes that the he is “under the influence” of alcohol.
Should I hire a Lawyer?
Believe it or not, this is the number one question I get. To it, I usually say: If you are convicted of Minnesota DWI you could face harsh fines, license revocation penalties, jail time, and more. Because of these consequences, you might be making a big mistake if you took your situation too lightly! Get FREE ANSWERS today from an experienced Minnesota DWI Lawyer (and former prosecutor) Call The Rolloff Law Office at (612) 234-1165.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
One of the non-criminal consequences of a Minnesota DWI arrest is the loss of your driver's license. As an experienced Minnesota DWI Attorney, I got lots and lots of questions about this issue. Here are some of the most popular.
How long will I lose my driver’s License?
The length of the revocation or cancellation of your driver’s license depends on many factors including your blood alcohol concentration - at the time of your arrest, whether or not you took the test requested by law enforcement, the number of priors you have on your record and the length of time between those offenses and your age.
If it is your first offense and your blood alcohol concentration was under (.16) your license will be revoked for as few as 30 days.
When can I get a work permit/limited license?
Again, a your eligibility for this special license depends upon numerous factors including, your recorded blood alcohol concentration, the number of prior offenses you might have, and whether or not you took the test.
If it is your first offense and your blood alcohol concentration is under .16 then you can apply for a work permit 15 days after the expiration of your temporary license. You can also get back on the road ASAP with Ignition Interlock.
How do I get my license reinstated or get a work permit?
This is well-defined process ... you need to jump through these hoops set-forth by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. If it is your first offense, you must: (1) pay the reinstatement fee, (2) make an application for a new license, and (3) take a written test on chapters 7 and 8 of the Minnesota Driver’s Manual.
There is a lot to this process that I can't include here. If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact the Rolloff Law Office at (612) 234-1165.
When you hire a Minnesota Criminal Defense Lawyer, you will be working with someone who is going to work with you to pursue your child's case throughout the legal process.
Juvenile courts in the State of Minnesota have a goal of making sure that offenders are rehabilitated and released back into the community so that their future's are not compromised; however, in some cases, courts may try to make an example out of a child and prosecute them at the adult level. An experienced juvenile attorney can aggressively defend your child's case and pursue the best possible resolution for his or her situation --- in all of these ares: identifying and addressing any collateral consequences, possible issues related to probation, delinquency rights ... and keeping these matters out of adult court.
Although this time in your child's life can be difficult, it is absolutely essential that you retain the representation of an experienced attorney to help you understand the juvenile justice process.
You do not have to face the Minnesota Juvenile courts alone, and when you work with the Rolloff Law Office. If your child has been arrested or summoned to appear in juvenile court, do not hesitate to contact us now to set up a FREE CONSULTATION. Working with a lawyer can help make all the difference in the outcome of your child's case and can help provide him/ her with a sound future. Call today: (612) 234-1165
Thursday, February 20, 2014
As a Minnesota Criminal Defense Attorney I get a lot of questions ... lots and lots of questions. Here are some answers to the most frequently asked about Drunk Driving arrests.
What is BAC?
Your BAC ... or blood alcohol content ... determines whether the government charges you with a DUI ... and at what level. In Minnesota, the BAC limit is (.08). If your BAC is (.08) or higher, police may arrest you for driving under the influence, or DUI. You may also lose your license.
What is an ignition interlock device?
Ignition interlock is a device is used to monitor the behaviors of convicted drunk drivers --- attached to your vehicle. It requires the driver to provide frequent breath samples in order for the engine to start --- and for the vehicle to continue to operate. According to state law, drivers whose licenses are canceled and whose privileges are denied as “inimical to public safety” are required to enroll in the Minnesota Ignition Interlock Device program in order to have their driving privileges reinstated. Having this device in your vehicle can also help you to get back on the road sooner ... not having to have to wait-out the license revocation period.
Will I go to jail for my first DWI?
Safe answer: It depends. However, based on the facts of your case, you can avoid that shame. A lawyer can help you, if the government is pressing for jail, help to negotiate an alternative too.
Do I really need a DWI defense lawyer?
No. However, it can't hurt to talk to one ... or even hire one so as to increase chances of having the charges against you reduced or possibly dropped.
Get answers to YOUR questions. Schedule a FREE CONSULTATION with the Rolloff Law Office. Call: (612) 234-1165