Criminal Defense 2023-11-30T22:28:13+00:00

Fargo Criminal Defense Attorney

Have You Been Arrested? Call Our 24 Hour Helpline Today

If you were arrested, then you probably have questions and fears that need to be addressed. Having the right criminal defense attorney on your team can help ease your anxieties. Being charged with a crime may be one of the most worrisome experiences you will ever have to face. The most important thing to do now is to speak with a lawyer who can offer the advice and legal advocacy you need.

Over 27 years defending the people of North Dakota

Whether you are located in Fargo, Minot, Bismarck, Grand Forks, Jamestown, or rural North Dakota, our criminal defense lawyer, Richard Edinger, has the skill, tenacity, and experience to help you with your criminal matter. At the Richard Edinger Law Office, we provide personal, direct attention in order to provide you with the answers you need. Our goal is to not just effectively address your concerns, but help you craft a legal solution to combat them.

When shopping for a criminal defense attorney, what matters?

  • Experience - Has the attorney earned his or her stripes?
  • Expertise - Have they worked and successfully defended other cases like yours? If so, how many?
  • Trials - You would be surprised how many attorneys never go to trial.  If your attorney is afraid to go to trial, your case can be severely comprised. 
  • Local - Does the attorney know the local system, judges, and prosecutors?

Attorney Edinger has spent his entire 27 year career as a criminal defense attorney in North Dakota.  He has defended thousands of clients in criminal matters ranging from driving under suspension to murder. With a winning jury trial record, he is not afraid to go to trial if it means getting you the best results, and the prosecutors know it.

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In North Dakota, there are two main classifications of criminal offenses: misdemeanors and felonies. There are two types of misdemeanors in North Dakota, a Class B misdemeanor and a Class A misdemeanor. A Class B misdemeanor is punishable by up to 30 days in jail and a $1,500.00 fine. A Class A misdemeanor is punishable by up to 360 days in jail and a $3,000.00 fine. A felony is any crime in which there exists the possibility of more than one year imprisonment. Felonies range from a Class C felony for which the maximum penalty is five years’ imprisonment and a $10,000.00 fine to a Class AA felony for which the maximum penalty is life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.

In a criminal case, a criminal defendant faces the possibility of jail time, a fine, legislative fees, court costs, and probation. Moreover, there are many collateral consequences that a criminal defendant faces upon a conviction, especially in felonies. These include, but are not limited to: the denial of federal and state benefits, the loss of a professional license, the loss of the right to possess a firearm, the loss of employment, the denial of entry into a college or university, and the denial to rent an apartment. It is important to note that an increasing number of employers and landlords are now doing criminal background checks. Many employers are not hiring job applicants if they have seemingly an insignificant misdemeanor conviction on their record.


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