Criminal Defense

Criminal Defense Attorneys Who Will Defend Your Rights

Regardless of your innocence or guilt, being charged with a criminal offense can turn your life upside-down in an instant. You will likely have questions about what types of punishments or penalties you may face, what your options are to fight the charge, or how the charge could impact your life and criminal record. You may believe law enforcement infringed on your rights. The Constitution guarantees your right to an attorney; however, it does not promise an experienced and aggressive one. Consulting with a private attorney who has years of experience handling criminal matters can give you peace-of-mind that your case is being handled to ensure the best possible outcome for you, keeping your interests in mind every step of the way.

The attorneys at Crew & Crew, P.C. offer nearly 70 years of combined experience of criminal defense matters to Sioux Falls and surroundings areas. You will receive exceptional representation from respected attorneys who have dedicated their careers to achieving justice for their clients. Most importantly, regardless of the charges against you, our firm will treat you with respect and empathy. Call today or contact us for a free consultation.

Our Sioux Falls criminal defense attorneys are experienced in many areas:

Assault/Aggravated Assault/Battery

There are several types of assault, depending on if weapons were involved and the extent of the injuries. For example, simple assault and battery occurs when the threat or injuries are thought to be minor. When the injuries are more severe or a deadly weapon is involved, the incident may be considered aggravated assault. Individuals can be charged with assault in a wide-range of situations, including bar fights, domestic disputes, and disorderly conduct instances. Depending on the situation, the prosecutor may agree to reduce the assault charge to a lesser offense or drop the charge altogether.

Drug Offenses

Depending on the offense, charges involving drugs may violate federal or state laws. Drug offenses can range anywhere from possession to trafficking, manufacturing, or distribution. These offenses should be taken seriously as they can result in large fines and prison sentences.

DUI/DWI

The process of navigating through a DUI or DWI charge can be complicated and emotional. If convicted, DUI and DWI offenses can result in the loss of your driver’s license, large fines, and in some situations, jail time. For many people, it affects their careers and education. With much at stake, it is crucial to have an experienced lawyer who will work to protect your rights and your record.

White Collar Crimes

White collar crimes typically involve complicated evidentiary matters. Your career and reputation may be at stake. If you have been charged with a white collar crime, we can help by reviewing the financial transactions and exhaustively investigating the details of the alleged charge. Our firm has represented individuals charged with fraud, embezzlement, misappropriation/unauthorized use of business assets, identify theft, and computer/Internet crimes.

Juvenile Matters

Just like adults, juveniles are entitled to competent representation. In many cases, an attorney can help juvenile delinquents resolve the charge against them so that it does not follow them into adulthood. Juvenile courts operate differently than the adult court system. Although juvenile courts generally seek to rehabilitate offenders rather than implement lengthy sentences, an attorney familiar with the uniqueness of the juvenile courts is necessary to ensure he or she receives fair treatment and punishment. When a juvenile commits a serious crime, the State may attempt to charge him or her in adult court. An attorney can help fight to keep the child in juvenile court. Our firm has represented many juvenile offenders and helped them continue with their lives unaffected by the mistakes they made as youth.

Crimes of Theft

If you have been charged with a crime of theft, your reputation for honesty and trustworthiness is on the line. Additionally, you could face fines, a jail sentence, and be required to comply with ordered restitution. We have defended clients charged with both misdemeanor and felony theft charges, including grand or petty larceny, robbery, burglary, shoplifting, auto theft, and receiving stolen property.

Sex Crimes

Sex-related offenses are a difficult area of law, particularly because of the stigma surrounding them. Unfortunately, juries rarely give the benefit of the doubt to those charged with such crimes. Further, the sentencing guidelines judges refer to for punishment recommend lengthy prison sentences that can be several decades long. These types of offenses typically result in enrollment on the Sex Offender Registry, which can have a significant impact on day-to-day life and employment.

Rape cases often involve high emotions and a “he said, she said” aspect. The truth is often difficult to reach and prove, especially if alcohol was involved. Our firm will put emotions aside and look at the facts and evidence available for the case. We will also explore possible defenses such as consent, wrong perpetrator, and whether evidence or admissions can be suppressed.

Child pornography charges are a particularly complex area of law due to the technology behind the offense. This area of law no longer involves illegal pictures being sent through the mail. Today, child pornography generally involves pictures being sent or downloaded over the Internet. This can result in hundreds and thousands of images being duplicated or distributed in a matter of seconds. The recommended sentence increases based on the number of images, the type of acts depicted in the images, and other factors – there is even an upward variance in sentencing for the images being accessed electronically, despite the fact nearly all offenders today view the images on a computer! The upward sentencing variances frequently result in the recommended sentence range reaching or exceeding the maximum sentence for the offense. Most alarmingly, the statute does not distinguish between those who download, receive, or view the pictures accidentally and those who did so purposely. The laws in place are designed to harshly punish the worst offenders; however, they are inherently flawed and often result in harsh sentences for everyone who has possessed illegal images on their computer, regardless of the circumstances surrounding the offense (i.e. an individual who uses Dropbox and intends to download a legal, adult pornography folder but unintentionally downloads a folder with thousands of child pornography images may still be subject to the same punishment as someone who sought out the illegal images).

When the law is not on your side, having an experienced attorney to help you make informed decisions can be the difference between decades in prison and a sentence below the nationally recommended sentence for the offense. Our firm has defended individuals charged with rape, child pornography, indecent exposure, and other sex offenses. Call us today for a free, confidential consultation about your case.

Federal Gun Law Violations

Along with the right to own firearms comes great responsibility and the expectation of compliance with federal laws. Violating these laws can result in the loss of your privilege to own firearms along with other harsh penalties. If you have been charged with a gun violation, you may face hefty fines and prison time. We can help you receive a fair outcome.

Other Felonies/Misdemeanors

If you do not see the offense you have been charged with above, please contact us for more information. We have handled many other criminal cases in addition to those listed above, which is only a summary of the types of cases in which we have provided representation. If we cannot take your case, we would be happy to refer you to another local attorney.

Criminal convictions may lead to problems down the road.

You may have difficulty obtaining employment due to background checks, financial struggles, higher insurance premiums, difficulty buying or renting a home, or face social embarrassment.

The best way to combat and mitigate these problems is by consulting with an attorney right when you have been charged with a crime.

Call 605-335-5561 today for a consultation, or send us a message using our contact form.
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