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Do I need to hire an attorney to represent me in a sexual assault case?

Asked by user in Minnesota.

When vacationing in St. Petersburg, FL, my 17 year old grandson was sexually assaulted by a woman. Do we need to have legal representation before talking to the woman's attorney?

Answered by Enjuris Editors:

I’m so sorry this happened to your grandson.

It’s always a good idea to have legal representation in a situation like this. If you can’t afford an attorney, the Minnesota State Bar provides some links to free or reduced-cost legal services.

If you choose to meet with the woman’s attorney unrepresented, I would strongly recommend NOT saying ANYTHING during the meeting. Instead, allow the attorney to talk and, if the attorney asks you a question or makes an offer, tell them that you need to talk to your attorney first and that you’ll get back to them.

Finally, don’t agree to let the attorney record the meeting.

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