I have been charged with DUI/DWI, is it a serious offense?
Criminal charges in Minnesota are serious. Depending on the severity of the crime, people charged with DUI/DWI face jail time ranging from up to 90 days in jail to imprisonment. Additionally, the court can impose high fines and place those convicted on long terms of probation. People with multiple convictions or license revocations can face felony charges that can result in severe sanctions.
Additional penalties include chemical dependency evaluation, mandatory attendance in DUI programs, community service and possibly installation of a breath ignition interlock device.
In addition to criminal penalties, driver's can face license revocation and vehicle forfeiture.
You should contact an attorney as soon as possible if you are charged with an alcohol related driving offense.
What are various types of drug offenses?
The state and federal government have laws dealing with possession and the sale of certain drugs. The government takes these cases very seriously and the ramifications from conviction can be severe.
What is expungement and what can be expunged?
Expungement is the sealing of a criminal record. Minnesota law allows complete expungement in limited circumstances. Kenyon Criminal Defense handles expungement cases and Todd Kenyon will be happy to discuss your expungement rights with you.
Do you represent children facing juvenile charges?
Yes, Todd Kenyon represents children facing delinquency charges statewide. He has represented juveniles charged with alcohol consumption, DUI, as well as serious felony level charges such as aggravated robbery, assault, and theft.
What are the various property offenses?
Property offenses include robbery, burglary, possession of stolen property, theft, shop-lifting, graffiti and other related offenses. These charges range in severity from petty misdemeanor to serious felony offenses.
Can the charges against me be 'settled'?
In a criminal case, the prosecutor may offer a 'plea bargain'. The defendant can't demand it. The plea bargain may include a reduction in the seriousness of the charge or an agreement to reduce the number of charges filed in return for a guilty plea. Sometimes it takes aggressive representation to obtain the favorable plea bargain.
What are the "don'ts" I should remember if I get arrested?
First and foremost, do not offer any information to the police officer investigating your case. This can be difficult for many people because they think they can help themselves by talking their way out of being charged. Simply tell the officer you wish to consult an attorney before answering any questions. When encountering law enforcement, remain polite.
What exactly is a "Personal Injury Case"?
Personal injury case is a case involving physical injury to a person caused by the negligence of another person or responsible party like a corporation. A person may be able to pursue a personal injury claim against a negligent driver, landlord, homeowner, business or any person or entity who had legal obligation or duty of care to the injured person.
What types of Accidents Lead to Personal Injury lawsuits?
Car accidents, defective products, dog attacks, unsafe apartment conditions, are all types of cases that can lead to lawsuits if the negligent party refuses to take responsibility before a lawsuit is filed. Many times it is better to try and settle a case without incurring expense, and stress associated with starting a lawsuit. However, sometimes, filing a lawsuit is the only way to obtain a just and fair result to for our clients.
Can I recover lost wages and medical expenses as a part of my personal injury claim?
Yes. In most types of personal injury cases, past and future medical expenses and wage loss are integral parts of a personal injury claim. In Minnesota, if you are injured in an accident caused by the negligence of a motorist, the injured person???s own insurance company is obligated to pay medical expenses and wage loss that is reasonable and necessary up to a limit of at least $20,000. Any expenses that exceed these amounts may be recovered against the negligent driver
Can I recover punitive damages in a personal injury claim?
Punitive damage claims can be pursed in limited situations under Minnesota law.
Can I have an attorney represent me on a contingency basis for a personal injury case?
Yes, most attorneys who handle personal injury claims agree to be compensated under a contingency fee agreement. This means that the law firm will only be compensated if the parties settle the case of if a jury awards monetary damages at trial..
What is a "Contingency Fee Contract"?
A contingency fee agreement is a legal contract between the law firm and a client where the law firm and client agree that the attorney will receive a percentage of the settlement award obtained on behalf of the client. All contingency fee agreements must be in writing and the client will receive a copy of the agreement. If there is no award, the law firm will receive no fees. However, if the case settles or a jury award monetary damages, the law firm will receive a percentage of the settlement or award plus costs and expenses.
Should I always shop for the attorney with the lowest contingency fee?
Every client should try to obtain the best representation possible. Generally, attorneys propose a contingency fee agreement that allows the law firm to accept 33 and a third of any recovery prior to commencement of litigation. The percentage could increase if a lawsuit is filed.
What is my case worth?
In this day and age it is not possible to tell a client what a case if worth without having a deep understanding of the facts of the case, liability issues, wage loss and medical bill issues, and the extent of injury..
What are some of the factors which would tend to increase or decrease the value of my case?
Factors that would tend to increase or decrease the value of case include age of the client, work history, medical history, severity of injury, future medical needs and expenses, future wage loss needs, retraining needs, and liability of the defendant.