Criminal Defense

Warren E. Burger Federal Building and United States Courthouse – St. Paul, MN

At Leone Legal, PA you won’t just be hiring an attorney who is representing you; you will be hiring an attorney who defends you and your rights. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said that “an injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere;” you will have an attorney with years of experience in criminal law on your side, making sure there are no injustices in your case.

We can help if you have been charged with a crime, if you have been accused of violating your probation, or if your child is involved in the juvenile court system. Here is an example of some of the areas of criminal law we handle:

  • Arson
  • Assault
  • Burglary
  • Criminal Sexual Conduct
  • Disorderly Conduct
  • Domestic Assault
  • Drug Offenses
  • DWI
  • Expungement
  • Felonies
  • Fraud
  • Gross Misdemeanors
  • Identity Theft
  • Juvenile Cases
  • Manslaughter
  • Misdemeanors
  • Murder
  • Obstruction of Justice
  • Probation Violation
  • Prostitution
  • Rape
  • Robbery
  • Sex Crimes
  • Sexual Assault
  • Shoplifting
  • Theft

CHARGED WITH A CRIME

Have you been charged with a crime? This can be a scary time, especially if you have never dealt with the criminal justice system. It is important to hire an attorney to fight for you as soon as possible. Remember, the police and prosecutors have already begun preparing their case; the longer you wait, the further behind you will be when it comes time to go to court.

Having been a prosecutor, who handled over 100 jury trials involving all levels of crime, I know the techniques the other side is likely to use in the court room. I also am able to evaluate your case, based on many different criteria, to advise whether we should file motions to dismiss or motions to suppress evidence (ask the judge to dismiss the charges or to throw out certain pieces of evidence), attempt to negotiate a plea deal, or fight the case all the way through trial.

During my career as a prosecutor I held many different titles, such as DUI (DWI) Specialist, Domestic Violence Specialist, and a member of the Sex Crimes/Child Abuse Unit. Some of my more notable trials include the following:

  • Capital Sexual Battery case in which the victim was the defendant’s 11 year old daughter. During trial the victim’s mother refused to testify and would not bring the victim in to testify. All I had to present to the jury was circumstantial evidence. The jury deliberated for only 15 minutes and came back with a guilty verdict. The defendant was sentenced to mandatory life in prison without the possibility of early release.
  • Lewd and Lascivious Molestation trial with no physical evidence. The key witness was a 13 year old girl (she was 11 years old at the time of the offense). Jury came back with a guilty verdict and the defendant was sentenced to a mandatory 25 year prison sentence without the possibility of early release.
  • A trial where the defendant began communicating with an underage girl through text messages, and the communication became sexual in nature. Later, an undercover officer took over the conversation and the defendant planned to meet her to have sex. Defendant never arrived at the location because his car broke down, but he was later arrested. Evidence in this case included over a hundred pages of text messages recovered from the victim’s phone, a recorded phone call between the defendant and the undercover officer, and a surveillance video showing the defendant attempting to fix his car. The jury returned guilty verdicts for Solicitation of a Minor via a Computer and Lewd and Lascivious Conduct. The defendant was sentenced as a Prison Releasee Reoffender (which means he was released from state prison within 3 years of committing this offense) and received a mandatory 15 years in prison without the possibility of early release.
  • A Violation of No Contact Order (Domestic Violence case) in which the defendant was the son of a sitting County Judge. The Chief Judge from a neighboring jurisdiction came in to preside over the trial. The victim in this case refused to testify, so my only witness was an officer. The jury returned a guilty verdict.
  • A guilty verdict in a DUI case against one of the more prominent DUI defense attorneys in the area. The defense attorney was elected to be a judge a little over a year after this trial.
  • Conducted 45 Domestic Violence trials.

Whether you are charged with a traffic offense, a misdemeanor, a gross misdemeanor, or a felony, I will be with you every step of the way making sure all your rights are being protected and that you are treated fairly. Having legal representation is not mandatory, but it is highly recommended. Contact Leone Legal, PA to set up your FREE CASE EVALUATION. I will meet with you at a time and place most convenient to YOU. We will discuss your case and I will give you my evaluation. Afterwards, if you don’t think I’m the right attorney for your case, then simply don’t hire me. Of course, if you do hire me, remember I WILL be with you every step of the way.

VIOLATION OF PROBATION

Have you been accused of violating a term or condition of your probation? The consequences for this may be serious and, if convicted, could likely mean jail or prison time. It is important to hire an attorney as soon as possible. Remember, just because your probation officer or the prosecutor claim you violated your probation does NOT mean you did violate the terms or conditions of your probation. The prosecutor still has to prove the violation in court.

JUVENILE COURT SYSTEM

Is your child involved in the Juvenile court system? Although most likely a juvenile will not face the same penalties as an adult, it is still important to have legal representation. Just as an adult, a juvenile deserves to have someone by his side who is making sure that none of his rights are being violated, because what happens in Juvenile court may stay with your child for the rest of his or her life.

Some examples of issues faced in Juvenile court are:

  • Juvenile Delinquents: criminal offenses committed by minors.
  • Children in Need of Protection or Services (commonly referred to as CHIPS): criminal offenses committed by children under the age of 10.
  • Petty Offenders: Conduct that is unlawful only because of the age of the minor (such as underage drinking, curfew violation, etc.).
  • Juvenile Traffic Offenders: Traffic violations committed by minors (such as speeding, racing, DWI, etc.).