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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...

TOP 10 DRUG CHARGE DEFENSES

Minnesota law prohibits the possession, manufacture, and sale of certain controlled substances. If you are charged with a drug crime, there may be several drug defenses available. One should always consult with an attorney if charged with a criminal offense, but the following are the top ten defenses one might use to combat a drug...

New Test Catches “High” Drivers

Police was given a new weapon to combat drugged driving, a mouth-swab that can test if a driver recently used drugs. Drugged driving, like intoxicated driving, is illegal. However, police have struggled to define a consistent method to test drivers and assess (1) if they are under the influence of drugs and (2) if they...

“High” Driving Sees Increase Over Past Few Years

A report released by the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility and the Governor’s Highway Safety Association found that the number of American fatalities in car crashes in which drugs were present or detected in car eclipsed the number of fatalities in which only alcohol was present. These findings indicate that as marijuana (and potentially other...

Can a DWI Be Expunged in Minnesota?

Expunging Records When DWI MN records are expunged, they are sealed by the court. A DWI Minnesota is considered a crime that creates a criminal record in the court system. A criminal record is hard to escape, since it’s disclosed on all types of important documents that are used by employers, lenders and banks, home...

Entrapment Defense

Entrapment Although an entrapment defense can be a very effective way to defeat many types of criminal charges, for the defense to be valid, it must contain two elements. First, the defendant must prove through evidence that the crime was induced by law enforcement. The second element of entrapment is the lack of the defendant’s...

Opiate Addiction: The Secret Coping Strategy for Stay-at-Home Moms

More than 18 million women were addicted to opiate prescription medications in 2014. Many women were stay-at-home moms who admitted to using opiates to cope with the stress of motherhood. Moms and Opiate Addiction Recent studies by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration show concerning statistics for opiate abuse with many addicted stay-at-home...

Penalties for Heroin Possession in Minnesota

Minnesota has made heroin possession, regardless of the amount, a serious felony offense. Those found to be in possession may face a range of penalties depending on the amounts and circumstances of their offenses. Heroin is highly addictive, and its use is climbing. Legislators have reacted by providing harsh penalties for heroin possession. A criminal...

Expunging DWI In Minnesota

Certain vehicular offenses may be eligible for expungement in Minnesota. Changes made to the law this past year make it easier for individuals to expunge criminal records. Doing so makes it easier for individuals to seek employment opportunities, pursue careers, purchase homes, and many other activities. Eligibility for Expungement Changes to the law mean that...