Legal Question in Criminal Law in Minnesota

I was charged with Obstruction Of the Legal Process about 3 weeks ago. I was very intoxicated and honestly do not remember most of it. I spent 8 hours in jail then they let me go. I talked to a police officer that morning and he said I was mouthing off to a cop, so they arrested me. I have nothing else on my record. I am in school full time and work full time. I am trying to figure out if I need a lawyer or what I should do next. My court date is September 27, 2013. What is the fine I am looking at? Should I get a lawyer and what are the fees for that usually? What should be my next move?

Asked on 9/09/13, 9:34 am

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Nathan Hansen Nathan M. Hansen, Attorney at Law
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Cops routinely ignore what the law of what obstructing legal process actually is. It doesn't sound to me like this conduct is obstructing legal process. Get a lawyer. Don't plead to anything until you have had the advice and representation of a lawyer.

Nathan Hansen


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Answered on 9/09/13, 9:37 am
Tricia Dwyer Tricia Dwyer Esq & Assoc PLLC
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Hello. You should confer with an attorney just as soon as possible and I urge you to have attorney assistance all through this matter. It is an important goal to have a 'clean' record. You also ought not post details of this matter on a public website, as your statements may potentially be used against you. You are welcome to contact me.

Tricia Dwyer, Esq.

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Tricia Dwyer Esq & Assoc PLLC

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Answered on 9/09/13, 9:47 am
Thomas C. Gallagher Gallagher Criminal Defense Services
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I would suggest that you set a goal of keeping your public criminal record clean. If you plead guilty or are convicted, you will not be able to qualify for a statutory expungement of your record, ever. Because this is so valuable, and irreversible if screwed up, I suggest retaining a good criminal defense lawyer to represent you in this.

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Answered on 9/09/13, 4:47 pm

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