MN Drug Crimes Attorney

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Minneapolis, MN criminal defense lawyer Ian Birrell talks about his approach to defending clients who are dealing with a drug case.

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well many people
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in the criminal justice system get there
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because they have some kind of addiction
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issue or dependency issue whether that’s
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drugs or
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alcohol or gambling that’s very common
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and the first thing we look to do it’s
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not necessarily a defense
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but the first thing that we look to do
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is get you the tools that you need
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to change your situation to change your
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life
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i’ve had a lot of people tell me that
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the day that they got arrested or
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charged with the crime was the best day
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of their life
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because they came to our law firm and
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were able to get the counseling that
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they needed the treatment they needed
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go to aaa or n a and with that changed
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their life
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so it’s not necessarily a defense in the
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case but it can help you
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we also work with prosecutors and judges
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to help them understand the
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humanity of the situation that’s going
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on and frequently we’re able to convince
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the prosecutor that
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what someone who is an addict and has
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been charged with the crime needs
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isn’t a jail sentence but it’s treatment
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it’s help
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that they have the ability to make
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changes in their life and that we can
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help them do that
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we’ve had great success convincing
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prosecutors and judges that
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a jail sentence isn’t needed punishment
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isn’t needed
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help is needed

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