Frequently Asked Questions

Criminal Defense FAQ

Will I go to jail?

If you are arrested for a misdemeanor or felony, you will most likely be placed in jail or a holding cell until your arraignment. Whether or not you remain in jail, however, is a different story. You may need to post bail, or you may be released at your arraignment. The sooner you consult an attorney and retain one to defend you, the better your chances will be of avoiding jail time.

What is the difference between a misdemeanor and a felony?

Misdemeanors are the lesser offenses while felonies are the greater offenses. In general, misdemeanor crimes will result in a fine of a few hundred dollars, as well as a few months to a year in jail (unless probation is granted). Felonies, on the other hand, can result in thousands of dollars in fines and a sentence in state prison.

Can I afford an attorney?

The real question is “Can you afford not to hire an attorney?” Without an experienced lawyer on your side, you could be convicted and face hundreds – or even thousands – of dollars in fines and fees, not to mention time in jail or prison. Your reputation could be ruined and you may find it difficult to get a good job in the future. Can you afford to take such a risk?

Contact Rowenhorst Law today if you have been arrested and need an experienced Minot criminal defense attorney on your side.

Family Law FAQ

Will I have to go to divorce court?

Many divorces can be resolved amicably outside of court. If you are unable to agree on any aspect of your divorce, however, then you will have to take the case before a Family Law judge. A contested or uncontested divorce requires legal representation, we strongly encourage you to seek legal representation. Call Rowenhorst Law to learn how we can protect your rights in court.

How is child custody/residential responsibility decided in North Dakota?

Family Law judges make custody decisions based on the best interests of the child. If you are fighting for custody, then your attorney will need to present a strong case to prove that you being granted custody is in the best interests of your child. This includes matters such as each parent’s relationship with the child, as well as each parent’s financial situation, living situation, and ability to provide the physical, emotional, and financial support that the child needs.

How long will my case take?

The truth is that there is no way of knowing for sure how long a divorce, child custody, residential responsibility, or other family law case will take. No two cases are the same and each will require a different strategy and a different amount of time to resolve. Some simple, uncontested divorces can take as little as a few months, but contested cases depend on court schedules and how long it takes a judge to make final decisions on each issue that is being disputed. For a better idea of how long your case may take, discuss your case with a Minot family law attorney during a free 30-minute consultation. Contact Rowenhorst Law today.

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