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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...

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...

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...

Drawing Blood Without a Warrant

As citizens of the United States, two of our most important constitutional rights are the Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination and the Fourth Amendment right against unlawful searches and seizures. The Fifth Amendment protects individuals from being made to confess or admit guilt to a crime that an individual allegedly committed. The Fourth Amendment protects individuals...

Selling Drugs vs. Using Drugs

The possession or sale of drugs in Minnesota is a serious offense. Such crimes are common, and vigorously prosecuted. However, the Minnesota legislature recently enacted laws that reflect a growing trend to recognize the difference between sales of drugs and possession of drugs by individuals that suffer from the disease of addiction. Below is a discussion of...