Criminal Defense Attorney | Rapid City, SD
Aggressive and Honest Criminal Defense with Over 20 Years’ Experience throughout South Dakota. Call for a Free Phone Consultation.
A criminal or drunk driving charge against you is a serious matter. It is important to retain an experienced criminal defense lawyer before you talk to police. When you are arrested, right to an attorney and it can make a critical difference in the outcome of your case. When your civil rights have been violated, it is important to assert the protections given to every …
Criminal Defense Attorney | Serving Rapid City, SD
With more than 20 years of experience, Matt Kinney can provide both aggressive criminal defense and effective representation
Criminal convictions can ruin your career and turn you into a second-class citizen. Some convictions affect your basic rights, including travel, voting and firearm possession. Even first-time DUI convictions can hamper your ability to find employment, your career and your ability to support your family or even just yourself. It is important to consider obtaining the …
If you are convicted of a hate crime, your punishment can be increased and you could face serious time in prison. Call a Rapid City attorney skilled in the defense of hate crimes to ensure you receive the best representation and avoid being sentenced to an enhanced penalty.
A hate crime is an unlawful act motivated by bias based on race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or disability. A "hate" offense is not in and of itself a crime, but the charge enhances the possible penalties. Once the prosecutor has proved that a defendant committed a crime and the offense was motivated by hate toward a specific group or characteristic, the severity of the punishment increases.
No matter what your legal issue may be, it is always best to seek legal help early in the process. An attorney can help secure what is likely to be the best possible outcome for your situation and avoid both unnecessary complications or errors.
An experienced lawyer should be able to communicate a basic "road map" on how to proceed. The lawyer should be able to walk you through the anticipated process, key considerations, and potential pitfalls to avoid. Once you've laid out the facts of your situation to the lawyer, he/she should be able to frame expectations and likely scenarios to help you understand your legal issue.
The more experienced a lawyer is in legal practice, the more likely he/she will be able to bring about a successful resolution to your issue. Since experience matters, lawyers who've been practicing law for many years (with a successful track record) tend to be in high demand. You should look for information about a lawyer's experience and ask questions during the initial meeting. It's a very good idea to ask the lawyer how many years he/she has been practicing law and the expected outcome of your case.
Plaintiff - a person or party who brings a lawsuit against another person(s) or party/parties in a court of law. Private persons or parties can only file suit in civil court.
Judgment - A decision of the court. Also known as a decree or order. Judgments handed down by the court are usually binding on the parties before the court.
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