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Forfeiting Cars And Property In Minnesota

Minnesota Civil Forfeitures When you think of punishments the government can hand out for violations of a law, you probably think of jail time and/or fines.  Although these are obviously major Do Not Cross… contenders in the punishment world, there is a third type of sanction the government can impose:  forfeiture.   Forfeiture essentially involves the...

Cell Phone Searches in Minnesota

Can Minnesota police search your cell phone without a warrant? One of the basic Fourth Amendment principles is that, in general, the police can’t “unreasonably” search a person’s home or any other area in which a person has an expectation of privacy.  Those areas might include cars, a temporary residence, or even a telephone booth in...