South Dakota Criminal Defense: The Honest Answers You Need
It is normal to have a lot of questions after being arrested or charged with a crime. At Skinner Law Office, P.C., you can get the answers you need. Matt Skinner has served South Dakota for more than 25 years as a criminal defense attorney. From him, you will always receive honest, frank and understandable information.
Is it possible to get my criminal charges reduced or dismissed?
Matt does everything in his power to get the charges against you dropped, negotiate for a reduced charge, or negotiate for a lighter sentence such as probation. As a litigator, one way that he does this is by preparing your case as if it is destined to go to trial. Even if your case is resolved in the pre-trial phase, making your case trial-ready is the best way to put you in the strongest possible position for a favorable outcome.
Do I need a lawyer even if I intend to plead guilty?
Absolutely. Without a lawyer to advocate for you, you are at the mercy of the justice system — and you might not understand your rights and options fully. Having an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side means there is a much higher likelihood of a positive outcome. In many cases, Matt has worked to get criminal charges reduced or dismissed.
Where does Skinner Law Office represent clients?
The law firm’s office is in the heart of downtown Rapid City. However, Matt represents clients throughout the Black Hills region and elsewhere in South Dakota. He also often represents clients attending the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.
What should I do immediately after being arrested?
There are two major steps you should follow:
- Do not speak to the police. Exercise your right to remain silent.
- Contact a criminal defense attorney immediately.
The sooner you get Skinner Law Office involved, the sooner we can start fighting for you.
Will my case go to trial?
Most cases do not go to trial. However, you should hire a criminal defense lawyer who is an experienced trial attorney. Again, making your case trial-ready is the best way to position you for the most favorable outcome possible in your specific case.