Criminal Defense

Put Experience in Your Corner

Bismarck Criminal Defense Attorney

Serving Clients Throughout North Dakota Since 2007

Getting convicted in North Dakota is punishable by harsh criminal penalties, which include a jail or prison sentence and a permanent criminal record. However, simply being arrested does not result in an automatic conviction – you still have a chance to defend yourself. If you or a loved one has recently been arrested in Bismarck, one of the most important steps to take in order to protect your rights and freedom is to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney.

Contact our firm today at (701) 203-4800 for a free initial consultation and speak with our Bismarck criminal defense lawyer.

At McCabe Law Firm, we have provided the residents of Bismarck with knowledgeable and personalized legal representation for well over a decade. Attorney Chad McCabe has handled more than 10,000 criminal cases, including nearly 300 jury trials and over 7,000 DUI cases. Additionally, he has over 100 published appellate opinions and has won an appeal before the U.S. Supreme Court in Raysor v. United States (U.S. Supreme Court Case No.: 11-8894). No matter how complex your case may appear, do not hesitate to let our firm thoroughly examine your case, determine your available legal options, and help you either avoid serious penalties or conviction altogether.

Difference Between a Felony and a Misdemeanor in North Dakota

The most crucial difference between a felony and a misdemeanor is the maximum potential jail time if convicted. Misdemeanor convictions have a maximum jail sentence of less than a year. Misdemeanor sentences are often served in county jail while felony sentences may be served in prison.

What is an Arraignment in North Dakota?

An arraignment is a court appearance where an individual convicted of a crime is formally charged with the offense and asked to enter a plea of guilty or not guilty. If pleaded guilty, the Court will schedule the case for sentencing.

Meet Your Attorney

Attorney Chad McCabe is a skilled, experienced and has successfully handled thousands of cases for his clients. 

Anyone Who Is Arrested Should Remain Silent!

This means do NOT answer any questions asked by the police. Just politely say “I want a lawyer,” and contact a criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. Maintain that request again after being arrested. It is important to remember that police officers are trained to investigate crimes and gather evidence to build a case against you.

Believe it or not, but most people provide the evidence needed to convict themselves to the police through confessions, statements, or other evidence. While it is always a good idea to be cooperative with law enforcement, it is important to do so in a controlled setting where you have access to competent legal advice.

McCabe Law Firm is well aware of the inequality of power and material resources in the North Dakota criminal justice system. The State of North Dakota and United States Government take advantage of an extensive staff of lawyers, police and agents, sophisticated crime labs and experts, and a huge budget provided by the taxpayers. This gives them a tremendous advantage because the legal system is based on the premise that “the whole truth” is that presented at the trial. If a person accused of a crime cannot challenge the government’s case, or submit his or her own witnesses, then the jury by default will probably accept as true whatever evidence the prosecutor produces.

Let Our Firm Fight for You From Start to Finish

At the McCabe Law Firm we work to level the playing field with the vast resources of the government, and provide outstanding legal advice, representation, and results to clients accused of state and federal crimes throughout North Dakota. McCabe Law Firm appreciates the importance of defending the rights of the accused, and uses all available means to ensure that our clients receive high caliber legal representation and access to justice. Our clients come from all walks of life and need a law firm staffed with an experienced, creative criminal defense lawyer who gets results. We have earned an outstanding reputation in North Dakota criminal law circles through hard work and experience, and are known for our efforts to repair an often-unjust criminal justice system.

In addition to an acute understanding of both North Dakota and federal criminal law and procedure, we also have learned that communication is sometimes half the battle when representing clients accused of crimes. Clients need to know where they stand at all times, so that they can properly consider all of their options. McCabe Law Firm strives to always be approachable, responsive, efficient, and effective.

Call (701) 203-4800 to discuss your case today! Serving residents of Bismarck and beyond!

Recent Testimonials

Hear What Our Clients Had to Say
  • “He is hardworking and has a great understanding of the law. I wouldn’t hire anyone else.”

    - E.S.
  • “He was very nice and professional and he gets the job done. I would highly recommend him.”

    - L.M.
  • “When I called the McCabe Law Office and spoke with Chad, I felt a sense of well-being, knowing that my case was being handled by a reputable attorney.”

    - T.T.

Notable Cases:

  • Vacated and dismissed murder conviction-State v. Robin Marsolek, Case No.: 37-02-K-00030.

  • Overturned murder conviction with life sentence without parole to time served-State v. Mark Steinbach, Case No.: 14-96-K-00597.

  • Obtained gubernatorial pardon for Negligent Homicide conviction.

  • Obtained gubernatorial commutation for Murder conviction and Attempted Murder conviction.

  • Obtained gubernatorial commutation for Murder conviction.

How We Make the Difference for Our Clients

Client-Focused Representation
  • Life Member of NACDL

  • Over Two Decades of Experience

  • Accessible to Clients 24/7

  • Extensive Litigation & Courtroom Experience

  • Won an Appeal Before the United States Supreme Court

  • Has over 100 Published Appellate Opinions

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