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Law Offices of William K. Bulmer II
William Bulmer II

310 4th Ave. S., Suite 900
Minneapolis MN 55415
(612) 384-7003

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Law Offices of William K. Bulmer II


The Law Offices of William K. Bulmer II are a Minnesota criminal defense law firm with a reputation for thorough, creative and aggressive representation of all criminal charges throughout the State of Minnesota. If you’re under investigation, been arrested or have been charged for a criminal allegation, whether on a first time or subsequent basis, the shock, anxiety and multitude of concerns racing through your mind can be stifling. How will my family, career and life be affected? Who can really help me at this point?

When the stakes are high and you're facing criminal charges, you need a passionate, dedicated Minnesota criminal defense lawyer with experience, who is available to take your case quickly and confidently, who will go the extra mile to thoroughly investigate your case, and who will get the best possible result in or out of court.

The consequences of criminal charges can vary widely from case to case. Individuals charged in nearly identical circumstances often leave court with dramatically differing consequences. Frequently the main difference is the experience of their criminal defense attorney. As the saying goes: "serious charges deserve serious defense." I do not simply rely on the prosecution to discover the facts of the case – I investigate the facts for myself. I hire investigators to use state-of-the-art equipment and proven techniques to uncover critical information and evidence to defend my clients.

Please Call: 612-384-7003

The Law Offices of William K. Bulmer II practices EXCLUSIVELY in the area of criminal defense and DWI/DUI. My firm handles all criminal matters from petty misdemeanor traffic tickets to serious matters, such as assault, robbery, burglary, criminal sexual conduct, kidnapping, criminal damage to property, drug offenses, DWI/DUI, probation violations, O.F.P./H.R.O., juvenile offenses, and murder. I practice throughout the entire state of Minnesota in all counties, including, but not limited to: Anoka, Carver, Chisago, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, Sherburne, Sterns, Washington, and Wright.

I encourage you to set up a FREE, confidential consultation at my Minneapolis office or a place more convenient to you – and be educated and put at ease by an advocate who has handled hundreds of cases just like yours. I will help you find the solution to your particular problem – whether that means negotiating a disposition on your behalf or battling the case out in a trial. The key is that I will help you to make the right decision, after evaluating all your options.

There are two important aspects of the U.S. criminal justice system to remember – the presumption that a person is innocent and the burden on the government to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. The police are eager to intimidate and pressure you into saying something you should not say. Before you do anything, call me first! It may just be your most important call. You can reach the Law Offices of William K. Bulmer II at (612) 384-7003.
 

REASONABLE FEES AND PAYMENT PLANS AVAILABLE

The Law Offices of William K. Bulmer II always provides FREE consultations and charges reasonable rates for all of our services.

Payment plans and low down-payments are always available. These arrangements are a courtesy to our clients and are done without any interest or finance charges.

We accept VISA and MASTERCARD, as well as checks, cash and money orders. 

Don't talk to the police first. Talk to us. Call (612) 384 - 7003.

Minnesota Criminal Defense Lawyer

Background

Since beginning my career as an attorney, I have devoted my legal practice to representing individuals facing criminal charges. I began my legal studies at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, where I majored in Sociology of Law, Criminology and Deviance, with a minor in Communications. I graduated near the top of my class. My studies at the U of M provided me a deeper understanding of human behavior as it relates to the criminal justice system. After the U of M, I returned to New Orleans, Louisiana and attended the Loyola University School of Law.
During law school, I interned with the Honorable Steven Z. Lange, now retired, in Hennepin County, Minnesota. My time spent with Judge Lange provided valuable insight into the various aspects of the criminal justice system in Minnesota. Also while in law school, as a student-attorney in the prestigious Loyola Law School Clinic, I had the opportunity to represent people charged with serious felony matters ranging from repeat drug offenses, aggravated rape, armed robbery, and 2nd murder. I enjoyed great success as a student-attorney receiving outright acquittals in multiple murder cases to dismissal of charges in various armed robbery cases. I graduated near the top of my class and with the experience and know-how to handle serious felony matters that few other attorney's see at such a young age and stage in their career.


Eventually I returned to Minnesota and soon began working for a local criminal defense firm. After nearly 3 years with the firm handling matters ranging from minor traffic tickets to 1st degree murder charges, I started my own law firm. I made the decision to start my own firm so I could provide the people of Minnesota accused of a crime the option of an outstanding legal defense at reasonable and flexible rates.

Philosophy

Being charged with a crime, or simply being investigated for a crime can turn one’s life upside down. The criminal justice system effects not only the individual involved, but their support system of friends and family members. My mission is to provide you with an aggressive, comprehensive, and passionate approach to help you resolve your legal troubles.


Below is a list of what you can expect from the Law Offices of William K. Bulmer II:

1. I aggressively and persistently pursue the best possible result in every single one of my criminal cases regardless of the level or nature of the offense;


2. I am a well trained and experienced negotiator and trial lawyer who is fully capable of handling any Minnesota criminal law matter from arrest to trial;


3. When needed I use a team of highly respected investigators, forensic scientists, dispositional advisors, polygraph administers, and other experts in various fields to provide you with the best possible defense;


4. Every single aspect of your case will be personally handled by me. You will not find yourself in a courtroom standing next to some fill-in attorney such as a junior associate fresh out of law school or a partner who normally limits his practice to non-criminal matters. You will have all your legal questions personally answered by me and not by a non-lawyer such as a legal secretary or paralegal;


5. Your phone calls, emails and other correspondence will be promptly returned by me. All my clients are provided my personal cell phone number and can reach me 24/7 concerning any aspect of their case;


6. You will be treated with the utmost respect and dignity you deserve – by me and my defense team – throughout the entire course of your criminal matter;


7. All your questions and concerns, no matter how small are important to me. I will carefully and fully listen to everything you have to say. You should never feel that you do not have my full attention;


8. You will not be left in the dark about your case. You will be kept fully up-to-date by me as to the status of your case. I will always explain to you the reasoning behind my actions and advice. You will also be provided with a copy of all important documents pertaining to your case;


9. All your legitimate objectives will be respected, including whether or not to accept any negotiated plea bargains or to fight your criminal case in trial;


10. Above all, your best interests will serve as my sole guiding light in the handling of your criminal case.

Costs of Legal Representation

Legal problems arising out of an arrest are always unexpected. Most often clients are caught off guard and are frequently unprepared to meet the financial cost of being properly defended and represented by an attorney. At the Law Offices of William K. Bulmer II, I believe that making my services AFFORDABLE to everyone is very important.

Please Call: 612-384-7003

Fixed Fee Approach

The cost of hiring an attorney is an important question to all prospective clients of my firm.

My fees are not set by a chart or schedule. I charge a fixed fee for all matters. The fixed fee
gives the client an assurance that he/she will not be charged any additional attorney fee than what was initially agreed. So, if the case takes ten court appearances or just one, the client pays the same amount. Some law firms bill the client by the hour which means every second spent
thinking about the case results in a bill to the client. I do not think this method of billing is fair on a criminal case and therefore do not engage in this form of billing.

Factors Affecting the Fee

The cost of any legal representation is determined by an understanding of the following factors:

1. The complete details and facts of the case.

2. The seriousness and complexity of the case.

3. The prior record (if any) of the client.

4. Whether the case is a misdemeanor or a felony.

5. If the client currently is on any type of probation or parole.

6. Anticipated work needed to aggressively defend the client.

7. The location of the Court.

REASONABLE FEES AND PAYMENT PLANS AVAILABLE

The Law Office of William K. Bulmer II always provides FREE consultation and charges reasonable rates for all of our services.

Payment plans and low down-payments are always available. These arrangements are a courtesy to our clients and are done without any interest or finance charges.


We accept VISA and MASTERCARD, as well as checks, cash and money orders.

WE STRIVE TO BE PART OF THE SOLUTION, NOT PART OF THE PROBLEM.

Please Call: 612-384-7003

Attorney Profiles

Minnesota Criminal Defense Lawyer


Background

William K Bulmer II - Minneapolis Criminal Defense AttorneySince beginning my career as an attorney, I have devoted my legal practice to representing individuals facing criminal charges. I began my legal studies at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, where I majored in Sociology of Law, Criminology and Deviance, with a minor in Communications. I graduated near the top of my class. My studies at the U of M provided me a deeper understanding of human behavior as it relates to the criminal justice system. After the U of M, I returned to New Orleans, Louisiana and attended the Loyola University School of Law.


During law school, I interned with the Honorable Steven Z. Lange, now retired, in Hennepin County, Minnesota. My time spent with Judge Lange provided valuable insight into the various aspects of the criminal justice system in Minnesota. Also while in law school, as a student-attorney in the prestigious Loyola Law School Clinic, I had the opportunity to represent people charged with serious felony matters ranging from repeat drug offenses, aggravated rape, armed robbery, and 2nd murder. I enjoyed great success as a student-attorney receiving outright acquittals in multiple murder cases to dismissal of charges in various armed robbery cases. I graduated near the top of my class and with the experience and know-how to handle serious felony matters that few other attorney's see at such a young age and stage in their career.


Eventually I returned to Minnesota and soon began working for a local criminal defense firm. After nearly 3 years with the firm handling matters ranging from minor traffic tickets to 1st degree murder charges, I started my own law firm. I made the decision to start my own firm so I could provide the people of Minnesota accused of a crime the option of an outstanding legal defense at reasonable and flexible rates.

Philosophy

Being charged with a crime, or simply being investigated for a crime can turn one’s life upside down. The criminal justice system effects not only the individual involved, but their support system of friends and family members. My mission is to provide you with an aggressive, comprehensive, and passionate approach to help you resolve your legal troubles.


Below is a list of what you can expect from the Law Offices of William K. Bulmer II:

1. I aggressively and persistently pursue the best possible result in every single one of my criminal cases regardless of the level or nature of the offense;


2. I am a well trained and experienced negotiator and trial lawyer who is fully capable of handling any Minnesota criminal law matter from arrest to trial;


3. When needed I use a team of highly respected investigators, forensic scientists, dispositional advisors, polygraph administers, and other experts in various fields to provide you with the best possible defense;


4. Every single aspect of your case will be personally handled by me. You will not find yourself in a courtroom standing next to some fill-in attorney such as a junior associate fresh out of law school or a partner who normally limits his practice to non-criminal matters. You will have all your legal questions personally answered by me and not by a non-lawyer such as a legal secretary or paralegal;


5. Your phone calls, emails and other correspondence will be promptly returned by me. All my clients are provided my personal cell phone number and can reach me 24/7 concerning any aspect of their case;


6. You will be treated with the utmost respect and dignity you deserve – by me and my defense team – throughout the entire course of your criminal matter;


7. All your questions and concerns, no matter how small are important to me. I will carefully and fully listen to everything you have to say. You should never feel that you do not have my full attention;


8. You will not be left in the dark about your case. You will be kept fully up-to-date by me as to the status of your case. I will always explain to you the reasoning behind my actions and advice. You will also be provided with a copy of all important documents pertaining to your case;


9. All your legitimate objectives will be respected, including whether or not to accept any negotiated plea bargains or to fight your criminal case in trial;


10. Above all, your best interests will serve as my sole guiding light in the handling of your criminal case.

Costs of Legal Representation

Legal problems arising out of an arrest are always unexpected. Most often clients are caught off guard and are frequently unprepared to meet the financial cost of being properly defended and represented by an attorney. At the Law Offices of William K. Bulmer II, I believe that making my services AFFORDABLE to everyone is very important.

Fixed Fee Approach

The cost of hiring an attorney is an important question to all prospective clients of my firm.

My fees are not set by a chart or schedule. I charge a fixed fee for all matters. The fixed fee
gives the client an assurance that he/she will not be charged any additional attorney fee than what was initially agreed. So, if the case takes ten court appearances or just one, the client pays the same amount. Some law firms bill the client by the hour which means every second spent
thinking about the case results in a bill to the client. I do not think this method of billing is fair on a criminal case and therefore do not engage in this form of billing.

Factors Affecting the Fee

The cost of any legal representation is determined by an understanding of the following factors:

1. The complete details and facts of the case.

2. The seriousness and complexity of the case.

3. The prior record (if any) of the client.

4. Whether the case is a misdemeanor or a felony.

5. If the client currently is on any type of probation or parole.

6. Anticipated work needed to aggressively defend the client.

7. The location of the Court.

 

REASONABLE FEES AND PAYMENT PLANS AVAILABLE

The Law Office of William K. Bulmer II always provides FREE consultation and charges reasonable rates for all of our services.

Payment plans and low down-payments are always available. These arrangements are a courtesy to our clients and are done without any interest or finance charges.


We accept VISA and MASTERCARD, as well as checks, cash and money orders.

WE STRIVE TO BE PART OF THE SOLUTION, NOT PART OF THE PROBLEM.

Testimonials

 


I take great pride in the help I am able to provide my clients. I am pleased to share some comments by former clients, as well as, other members of the criminal justice system.


"I wanted to write to thank you for all you did to help my son. I am sorry you had to deal so often with my fears and hysteria. But, I appreciate your reassurances and your ethical handling of the case."

- Former client's mother

"I want you to remember that you won this not through fancy lawyer tricks, rather, by conveying your belief in me and in yourself...to the jury. I always believed that's what it would take."

- Former Client

“Excellent closing argument. Very persuasive.”

- Bailiff after a jury trial

“You did a great job.”

- Judge after a jury returned a “Not Guilty” verdict for my client

“You did a great job for your client. You should be proud.”

- Assistant County Attorney at the conclusion of a case we had together.

“I could not have done it without you. Your passion and dedication resulted in my voice being heard and verdict of not guilty.”

- Former client

“Even though I did not need to hire an attorney, I really appreciate the time you took to talk to me when no other attorney would do so.”

- Former prospective client

FAQ

General Questions Relating to a Criminal Defense Lawyer

Q: Why should I hire a criminal defense lawyer?

A: The State of Minnesota has literally millions of dollars of resources at their disposal to prosecute you if you are charged with committed a crime. These resources include: a team of experienced prosecutors, a vast number of law enforcement personnel, forensic scientists, crime scene technicians, and other professionals. You, on the other hand likely do not have the same resources at your disposal should you suddenly be faced with defending yourself.
A skilled Minnesota criminal defense attorney can greatly increase your chances of success in a court of law. When you hire an experienced attorney to represent you in court, you will gain superb advice, multiple resources, legal guidance, and a confidant on your side. Some people choose to represent themselves, but this is never a good idea. Hiring an attorney to represent your case has many advantages, and will ensure that your needs and rights will be acknowledged, fought for, and protected.

Q: How do I pick a criminal defense lawyer?

A: There are many factors to consider when choosing a criminal defense attorney. The experience of the attorney is very important and the lawyer’s background and training play a role. Other factors include your comfort level and the ability to communicate with your lawyer. You MUST feel that the attorney understands you and will work diligently on your case. You MUST feel comfortable being honest and open with your attorney to allow them to effectively represent you. Only then, can you have the confidence you’ll need to get through this trying time.

Q: When should I hire a criminal defense lawyer?

A: You should contact a criminal defense lawyer right away you if are under investigation or arrested for an offense.

Q: Can a criminal defense lawyer guarantee the results of my case?
A: No one can guarantee a future event especially in a Criminal Defense Case. In fact guaranteeing results is against the Minnesota Bar Rules. The outcome of a criminal case is a future event like any other. An experienced criminal trial attorney can usually give opinions as to the possible outcome, but these are no more than professional opinions. Be careful not to mistake a criminal defense attorney's opinion for a guarantee. If the criminal defense attorney is truly giving you a guarantee contingent upon hiring the lawyer, ask the attorney to give you the guarantee in writing.


General Questions Relating to Dealing with Police

Q: Should you speak with police?

A: Absolutely not! Do not sign anything or make any kind of statement! If you are under investigation by police, you might not even know it. They could ask you to come to the police station and give them a statement. You might think that this is your opportunity to tell them your side of the story. Do not do this! This is a risky time for anyone under investigation for an offense or charged with a crime. Do not let law enforcement authorities intimidate or scare you into responding to their questions. Some police officers will promise or do almost anything to try to trick or coerce you into giving a statement.

Rather than speak with police, talk to a defense attorney right away. Your lawyer will intercede and talk to detectives and police for you. This is a good way to give valuable information about your innocence and could lead to police not filing charges against you. It will also prevent you from making any statements that can be used against you. The police are not meeting with you to clear you of the charges. They want to gather as much evidence as possible to make a case against you that could lead to a conviction. Any statement that you give them, including statements that you think are innocent, could be damaging and used by the prosecution during trial.

Q: Can the police detain you without arresting you?

A: Yes, with limitations. Under Minnesota law, based upon reasonable, articuable, suspicion that you may be involved in criminal activity, a police officer may require you to identify yourself and explain your presence at a particular time, without arresting you. Under Minnesota law, the police officer may not remove you from the immediate vicinity without making an arrest, unless you voluntarily accompany the police officer to some other location.

If the officer has reasonable grounds to believe that you are armed, he or she may conduct a limited pat-down of your outer garments for the purpose of detecting weapons. If this "frisk" results in a reasonable belief on the part of the police officer that you are carrying a weapon, the officer may remove the suspicious object for protection. The officers must return to you any object found unless they places you under arrest. Unless the officer places you under arrest, the frisk or search must be limited to suspected weapons. At the conclusion of this temporary detention the officer must either arrest you or let you go.

Q: What are the “Miranda” rights?

A: You have the right to remain silent.
Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law.
You have the right to speak to an attorney, and to have an attorney present during any questioning. If you cannot afford a lawyer, one will be provided for you at government expense.

Q: When do police need to inform me of my Miranda rights?

A: The Miranda warning is only in effect during a custodial interrogation. This means that the person being questioned is in custody or in an environment in which the person does not believe that he is free to leave. Also, the questions being asked, even if in custody, must be the type of questions that could elicit an incriminating response. In other words, even a person arrested does not have to read their Miranda warnings prior to the officer asking them their name, address and other biographical information.

An example: Police can question witnesses at crime scenes without reading them their Miranda rights, and should a witness implicate themselves in the crime during that questioning, their statements could be used against them later in court.

Police can detain or arrest a person without reading them their Miranda rights. However, any statements made by the person prior to being informed of their Miranda rights during an interrogation may be ruled inadmissible into evidence against the person.

The Miranda rights do not apply to all incriminating statement s made to police. Miranda does not apply to statements a person makes before they are detained or arrested. Similarly, Miranda does not apply to statements made "spontaneously," or to statements made after the Miranda warnings have been given.

If you first say you don't want a lawyer, you can still demand one during questioning. A person being questioned by the police can terminate the interrogation at any time by asking for an attorney and stating that he or she declines to answer further questions until an attorney is present. However, any statements made up until that point during the interrogation may be used against the person in court.

Police who claim they can “help you out” if you just talk to them or that they can influence the judge and get you a lighter sentence are LYING!! Once a person has been arrested, the police have no control over how the legal system treats them. Criminal charges and sentencing are totally up to the prosecutors and the judge.


General Questions Relating to Being Arrested

Q: What should I do if I am arrested?

A: The Dos and Don’ts

The Dos

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Do be polite and as courteous as possible to the police.

- Do ask for the police officer's name and badge number, or read it off of his or her badge. Try to
remember it. Try to get a good look at the officer's face so that you can identify him or her later by that method, if necessary.

- Do, if you are arrested in your car, show the police officer your driver's license and registration information. Note that in other situations where you are not stopped in your car, you cannot be arrested for the sole reason of refusing to provide information, including your name and address, to the police.

- Do place your hands where the police can see them.

- Do, if you are taken into custody, demand the right to have an attorney present before speaking to the police.

- Do ask if you are under arrest. If you are, you have the right to be told why.

- Do clearly inform the police that you will not speak to them about anything without an attorney being present.

- Do, as soon as you can, write down everything that happened during the course of your arrest so that you can use that writing to refresh your memory at a later date.

- Do, if you are physically injured by the police during the course of your arrest, seek medical attention and inform your medical providers of the cause of your injuries. Take photographs of your injuries as soon as possible.

- Do remember that you do not need to answer ANY question that the police ask of you. If you answer a question which at first seems harmless, be aware that it may come back to haunt you later.

The Don'ts

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Don't offer information to the police, no matter what tactics they use.

- Don't assume that the police have a search warrant just because they say that they do. If they say they have a search warrant, ask to see it.

- Don't get into an argument with the police, no matter how hard they may try to bait you into losing your temper.

- Don't initiate physical contact with the police, even if you mean them no harm.

- Don't give them any reason to find you threatening. Do not give them the impression that you are hard to deal with or irritating.

- Don't run away from a police officer if you see one (or more) approaching you. Running away may give the police reason to suspect that you are hiding something from them, even if you are totally innocent.

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Don't interfere with or obstruct the police. If you do, you can face additional criminal charges.

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Don't resist arrest. Even if you think you are innocent, the time to protest comes later. If you resist arrest, you may face additional charges.

- Don't allow the police to listen in on any telephone call that you make to your lawyer once you have been arrested. While the police may listen in on conversations to other individuals, they cannot listen to a conversation with your lawyer because it is protected by the attorney-client privilege.

- Don't speak to the police about anything before your attorney arrives and talks to you first.

- Don't provide the police with any information other than your name and address if you are arrested unless your attorney is present and approves.

- Don't sign anything, no matter what it is, without an attorney being present.

- Don't say anything if your attorney instructs that you remain silent. Let your attorney do the talking for you, no matter how hard it may be to resist the urge to speak.

- Don't agree to participate in a line-up without your attorney being present.

- Don't lie to your attorney, or to the police if you choose to talk to them


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