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What to Do If Your Child Gets Arrested in Minnesota

Young people, especially teenagers, make mistakes. In some cases, these errors in judgment end up in the criminal justice system. According to data provided by the Minnesota Department of Management and Budget, approximately 21,000 juveniles are arrested in the state each year.  Many, but not all, of these arrests, result in a juvenile court filing. ...

What Happens If You Violate Probation in Minnesota?

Probation is a period of supervised release that can last anywhere from a few months to several decades. When a person is on probation, it is imperative that they strictly adhere to the specific requirements and guidelines that have been outlined in their probation order. If fail they to do so, there could be very...

Will I Go to Trial if I am Charged with a Crime?

Most people are unfamiliar with criminal court process so, when charged with a crime, they are uncertain of what will happen in court. Understanding criminal procedure laws in Minnesota can help an individual know what to expect throughout his or her experience in the legal system.  The exact procedures may slightly differ depending on what...

From Selfies to Sexting

From Selfie to Sexting In Minnesota, it is a crime to create, possess, and distribute child porn.  If evidence suggests that an individual possesses or distributes sexually illicit photos of a minor, criminal charges will likely ensue.  Those convicted of sex crimes often face prison time, heavy fines, and the possibility that he or she...

Mental Illness Defense

Mental Illness as a Defense The defense of not guilty by mental illness or by reason of insanity is rarely raised in Minnesota, and when it is, it’s success is not likely.  Studies estimate that the defense of not guilty by reason of insanity is only raised in 1% of criminal cases.  Of that 1%,...

Can I Be Found Guilty by Association for a Drug Crime?

In Minnesota, a person can be charged with the crime of possession of a controlled substance; even if the substance is not actually on that individual.  Guilt by association, also known as “constructive possession,” allows the State to bring criminal charges against a person for drug possession even if that individual does not actually physically...

Get Your Driving Privileges Back After a DWI

One of the most common questions we get is when can I get my driving privileges back after a DWI? Individuals who are convicted of DWI crimes in Minnesota may qualify to enter the state’s Interlock Ignition Device Program. The program allows offenders to continue driving provided they adhere to program requirements and complete other...

Stand Your Ground Gains Ground in Minnesota

In Minnesota, 36.7% of citizens own firearms and the State of Minnesota is debating adoption of “Stand Your Ground” legislation so that individuals can use these weapons to protect themselves from violent crimes. If passed, Minnesota would become the 34th “Stand Your Ground” state. Open Carry and Conceal Carry Minnesota allows permitted individuals to openly...

Hate Crimes and Their Consequences in Minnesota

Law enforcement agencies and legislators in Minnesota are “cracking down” on hate crimes in an effort to shield Minnesotans from discrimination and violence. To counter the rise of hate crime across the state, law enforcement and legislators are stiffening penalties in the hopes of deterring any further increases. What Makes a Crime a “Hate Crime”...