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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.  …

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 …

Facing False Rape Accusations: What You Should Know

Being accused of a sex crime is a serious allegation. However, in some cases accusations may be entirely false and invented for the purposes of expressing jealousy, revenge, anger, or for obtaining custody of children in a divorce case. Even if the accusation is false, an individual may face severe penalties brought forth by the State …

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 …

Top 10 Tips for Success in the Courtroom

When an individual walks into court for the first time, the first impression that person makes on the judge is crucial.  Creating a good first impression will imprint in the judge’s mind, and could ultimately influence the outcome of that individual’s case.  What follows is a list of the top ten ways to make a …

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 …