If you have been charged with a crime, it is important to have legal counsel at your side. An attorney can assist you in navigating the legal system, provide competent advice and prepare the best defense. Our firm represents clients in both misdemeanor and felony matters.
We are often asked to step in when a public defender has already been appointed, and, typically, our advise is that the public defender provides competent, even excellent, criminal defense services. If you do not qualify to be represented by a public defender, or you need to retain your own private counsel for any number of reasons, we will be there for you.
Some clients retain us as “Knapp counsel”. This is where the defendant’s family retains an attorney to represent the defendant in conjunction with the public defender already assigned. This is ideal for a defendant with limited resources, but where the family desires to provide for a more comprehensive defense at a significantly lower cost than if only private counsel was retained.
As “Knapp counsel”, we may rely on the resources of the state in defending a case, including (where appropriate) paying for investigators, expert witnesses, DNA testing, blood or fingerprint analysis, or other experts needed to defend against the criminal charges. In most cases, Knapp counsel will work with the assigned publid defender as a team, and help assure the best, aggressive defense.
If you would like the law firm of Kielsky Rike PLLC to help fight your criminal charges, or if you would like us to file an appeal, please contact us.