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Criminal Defense: How Do You Invoke Your Right to an Attorney?

If you are being investigated for criminal charges, interrogated by police, or you have already been placed under arrest, you have important legal rights. Here are two key rights that anyone facing criminal allegations should understand: Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: You have a right to remain silent. You are not required to answer …

Criminal Defense: An Overview of Tax Evasion Charges in Minnesota

As a resident of Minnesota, it is imperative that you pay both your federal and state tax obligations in a timely manner. If you fail to pay your tax on time, you could be hit with significant financial penalties. That being said, being unable to pay your taxes is not a criminal offense.  In contrast, …

Minnesota Criminal Defense: What is Constructive Possession in a Drug Charge Case?

Drug possession is a serious criminal offense under both state and felony law. Depending on the nature and the quantity of the controlled substance, drug possession could be charged as a felony that carries significant jail time. Notably, there are two separate types of possession: actual possession and constructive possession.  With constructive possession, you can …

Mankato, MN Woman Charged With DWI After Police Pursuit

According to a report from Southern Minnesota News, Tierra Monique Birris, a 37-year-old woman from Mankato was arrested and charged with several offenses after a police pursuit that ended in a downtown crash. She was booked into custody at the Blue Earth County Jail. In this article, our Mankato drunk driving defense lawyers provide an …

I Was Arrested in Minnesota. Should I Give a Statement to the Police?

Following an arrest, it is normal to be stressed out and overwhelmed by the gravity of the circumstances. You may be wondering: Should I agree to talk to law enforcement after being arrested? The answer is generally ‘no’—at least not without a lawyer present. You are not required to talk to the police after an …

When Can a Police Officer in Minnesota Conduct a Search Without a Warrant?

The Fourth Amendment protects people against unreasonable searches and seizures. In general, police officers in Minnesota are required to get a warrant before conducting a search. This raises an important question: Can a police officer conduct a search without a warrant? The short answer is ‘yes’—but only in certain limited circumstances. Here, our Mankato criminal …

When Can You Suppress Evidence in a Criminal Case?

Were you arrested and charged with a crime in Minnesota? If so, you are probably already aware of the fact that your innocence is presumed until you are proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. A criminal charge is not the same as a conviction. To obtain a conviction in a criminal case, the prosecution has …

My Fourth Amendment Rights Were Violated in Southern Minnesota: What are My Options?

Under the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution, “the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated.” In other words, it is illegal for the police to conduct a search (or seizure) of your person/property without probable cause or …

I Have an Outstanding Bench Warrant in Minnesota—What Should I Do?

Whether the result of a mistake, a miscommunication, or an accident, you could find out that you have an active bench warrant out. As described by the Cornell Legal Information Institute, a bench warrant is a written order from a judge authorizing an arrest. In most cases, bench warrants are issued because a defendant missed …

Will You Go to Jail for Soliciting a Prostitute in Minnesota?

In Minnesota, it is unlawful to solicit or engage in prostitution. Recently, law enforcement officers in our region have been cracking down on these types of offenses. A solicitation charge should not be taken lightly. A conviction for a solicitation offense can carry stiff penalties—potentially including jail time. In this article, our Mankato solicitation defense …