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Can I Bring Friends And Family To Court As Support?


Unless otherwise ordered by a judge, court is open to the public in Minnesota, which means that anyone can be present and that a defendant can bring friends and family for support.

How Long Will I Have A Criminal Record?

In general, a criminal record will remain public for approximately 15 years after the completion of probation unless an expungement is initiated prior to that time.

Will I Ever Get A Job Again After A Criminal Conviction In Minnesota?

Having a criminal conviction can make it more difficult for a person to find employment, but the type of conviction will play a role in the level of difficulty. Many employers will hire people who have criminal convictions, and it’s always important for a person to be honest with an employer about past convictions.

What Courthouse Will I Be Attending For My Criminal Case?

The location of the courthouse will depend on the county in which the case is being held, and the address of the courthouse will be written on the paperwork from the court. Some counties have multiple courthouses that handle different types of offenses, and other counties only have one courthouse. It’s important for a person to confirm with their attorney that they are going to the correct place.

What Should I Wear To Court?

An individual should dress in a respectful manner for court, but they don’t need to put on a full suit and tie; a collared shirt and dress pants with nice shoes would be appropriate.

Will I Ever Have To Speak In Court?

A defendant may have to speak in court, but their attorney will prepare them for what to expect and how much they will have to speak. If it’s an early pre-trial hearing, then the defendant may only have to agree to the next court date that is being set. If it’s a plea hearing, then the defendant will have to establish that they understand their rights, establish that they understand that they are giving up by pleading guilty, and confirm a factual basis for the plea. At trial, a defendant may choose not to testify.

How Long Might I Expect Each Hearing Or Court Date To Last?

Most hearings last fewer than 10 minutes, but since a hearing might not be the only thing on the judge’s calendar that day, a defendant might have to wait for several hours before appearing in front of the judge.

Why Would My Attorney Ever Speak To A Judge Without Me?

If an attorney is trying to settle a case or convince a judge of their position, they might speak to the judge and the prosecutor without the client present, as doing so would enable the judge to ask questions that they may not otherwise ask with the client present. Ultimately, this would allow for the defense attorney to further advocate on behalf of their client.

Am I Going To Jail Or Prison?

Whether a defendant will be sentenced to time in jail or prison will depend on the charge and the defendant’s criminal history. On a first-time misdemeanor offense, it’s unlikely that a defendant will have to serve any time in jail. If a defendant has a lengthy criminal history and is charged with a felony assault, then it is very possible that they will face a prison sentence. If the defendant pleads guilty, then the sentence will be determined through negotiations between the defense attorney and prosecutor; if the case goes to trial, then the sentence will be determined by a judge, and the defense attorney will make an argument to get the best possible outcome for the defendant.

Will My Case Go To Trial?

It is solely up to the defendant to decide whether or not to take their case to trial. The defense attorney will provide their opinion about whether or not the plea offer is good or bad in light of the evidence in the case, but the decision ultimately rests with the defendant.

For more information on Bringing Family & Friends To Court, a free initial consultation is your next best step. Get the information and legal answers you are seeking by calling (651) 314-9620 today.

Jennifer Congdon, Esq.

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