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How do I obtain copies of criminal reports? As a general rule, reports and records are maintained by the department that generates them. Official copies of criminal reports are maintained at the Law Enforcement Center or Police Department...
What happens next in a criminal case? When a Complaint (criminal charging document) is issued by the County Attorney's Office and signed by a judge, the defendant is scheduled for a first appearance in Court. A judge will then insure...
Why are some defendants not in jail after they have been arrested and charged? Under the laws of the United States and Minnesota, a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty. A defendant's release on his promise to appear at future court appearances is common. If the...
Will this case go to trial? Only a small percent of criminal cases go to trial, but many are set for trial. In most cases, the defendant pleads guilty. A plea negotiation is an agreement between the prosecutor and defense...
What do I do before trial? As a victim or witness, your cooperation with the prosecutor and law enforcement is essential. You may be contacted for further information. You will be informed by the County Attorney's Office of...
How does a judge decide a sentence? If the crime is a felony, the sentencing judge must apply the Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines which give a presumptive sentence that a defendant should receive based upon the seriousness of the crime...
I am a victim in a domestic violence case. Can I drop the charges? The decision to drop charges in any criminal prosecution is made by the prosecutor. The victim has the right to let the prosecutor know at any time their feelings. However, the victim's wishes alone...
Can I report a crime to the County Attorney's Office? The crime should be reported to the police department in the city where the crime was committed. If the crime was committed in a township, the crime should be reported to the Rice County Sheriff at (...
I am a victim. How can I be compensated for my loss? The sentencing judge as a condition of the defendant's probation or prison term can order restitution (payment of financial losses). Your request for restitution must be in writing; it must list the...
How do I find an attorney to represent me? The County Attorney's Office cannot make recommendations regarding private attorneys. You can search the yellow pages, call the Minnesota Attorney Referral Service at 1-800-292-4152, or go to the...
Who do I call regarding a landlord/tenant issue? You should contact the Attorney General's Office at 1-800-657-3787 or visit their website at www.ag.state.mn.us. The website provides links to a number of valuable resources, and provides information...
Who do I call regarding bankruptcy? You should seek private counsel, or call the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Minnesota, Third Division, in St Paul at 651-848-1000. Visit their website at www.mnb.uscourts.gov.
Who do I call regarding a consumer protection problem? You should contact the Consumer Affairs Division of the Attorney General's Office at 1-800-657-3787 or visit their website at www.ag.state.mn.us. For complaints about businesses, try calling the...
Will I have to testify? Testimony of victims is usually not required until the trial. Whether you will have to testify will be determined at the time of trial. The case may be settled through plea negotiations. This usually...
What happens at trial? The trial may be before a jury of twelve people or a judge alone if the defendant so requests. The trial begins with both sides having an opportunity to make an opening statement on the facts they...