The Schiks Law Office, P.A. serves clients in St. Paul, Minnesota and surrounding counties in the state.  It is important to have legal representation from the time of arrest, at arraignment, at hearings and at each step of the legal process.  Criminal charges are serious and if found guilty the consequences can be harsh.  A conviction can affect employment, personal relationships, insurance rates, the ability to pursue certain careers, and can have a financial impact on a household, and loss of certain freedoms and privacy.  Common penalties are jail time, large fines, probation, community service, and others depending on the type of a crime and the seriousness of the charges.  For instance, a first time DWI may have minimal penalties but multiple DWI offences may mean incarceration, probation, significant fines, loss of driving privileges and more.  A criminal defense attorney can make a difference in the outcome of a case.  Learn more about the firm at http://www.legaldefensemn.com.