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Why Minnesota Fugitives Should Hire an Attorney Before They Surrender

If you are on the run from the law, don't plan your next move without an experienced criminal attorney. Being a fugitive can be a danger to your safety -- fleeing suspects are often hurt and sometimes killed as they attempt to elude police.

On the other hand, showing up at a police station and turning yourself in without an attorney present can be another big mistake. Having an attorney before you surrender can help preserve your rights. Also by turning yourself in you may face lower bail requirements because you do not pose a risk of flight. You may be in trouble, but you can at least make sure you are treated fairly by the system with the help of a knowledgeable lawyer.

If you know police are out looking for you, don't delay in finding a criminal attorney to assist you. For instance, if you have a warrant out for your arrest in Hennepin County, Minn., it's time to turn yourself in, before you wind up in even more trouble. In late July 2010, the county was planning a "warrant sweep" in which police prioritized locating and arresting adults and juveniles with active warrants.

In December of the same year, a similar countywide warrant sweep, nicknamed Operation Year End Clearance, saw the arrest of hundreds of adults and juveniles wanted for sex offenses, drunk driving, domestic violence and other crimes, the Star Tribune reported.

Parolees who have violated their parole also often find themselves caught up in warrant sweeps. Know that if you are wanted in Minnesota, web sites may well be broadcasting your face to the world online. You may not be as securely hidden from view as you think.

What you do and say as you are taken into custody can impact your whole future, if you are charged with a felony crime. With an attorney's counsel beforehand, you can make sure you don't make any mistakes as you're arrested that could jeopardize your freedom.

If you are being sought by police or believe you may be charged with a crime, retaining an attorney immediately is important to preserve your rights. For additional information, contact Carolyn Agin Schmidt now.