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Can the Police use My Confession Against Me?

The answer to this question depends on whether or not your confession  was voluntary.  The Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment does not allow the prosecution to use  an involuntary confession  against you  at trial. When determining voluntariness, Minnesota courts look to see if the defendant's will was overborne at the time of the confession by the  police through the use of [...]

By | October 13th, 2015|Arrests, Defense, Drugs, Entrapment, Sex Crimes|0 Comments

Marijuana Grow House Defense in MN

I recently defended a client who was charged with operating a  marijuana  grow house. Drug Task Force agents executed a narcotics search warrant at his home and discovered  marijuana plants growing on all three levels. On the upper level of the home agents found 251 suspected  marijuana starter plants in a walk-in closet. The plants ranged between 1.5 and [...]

By | October 9th, 2015|Arrests, Defense, Drugs, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Anoka County Prostitution Sting

I recently defended two  clients in Anoka County who were charged with  misdemeanor  prostitution. The stakes were high as both clients had green cards and a conviction would  jeopardize their chances of becoming  U.S. citizens. The Coon Rapids Police Department designed an online ad to capture the attention of men interested in paying money for sex. The ad [...]

By | August 23rd, 2015|Defense, Entrapment, Search Warrants, Sex Crimes|0 Comments

The Role of the Confidential Informant in a Controlled Drug Buy

The informant plays a valuable role in a successful Minnesota drug bust. The informant could be a first time citizen informant with no criminal history performing his civic duty. This type of informant is presumed by the courts to be reliable. The informant could be a confidential informant known as a CI who has connections to the criminal underworld. This [...]

By | March 29th, 2015|Blog, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Police Serve a Void Search Warrant

  I recently represented a client who was charged in Anoka County District Court with 5th Degree Controlled Substance crime. Police officers executed a search warrant at the defendant’s residence eleven days after the warrant was issued by the court. Officers located a felony amount of marijuana in his bedroom. The law in Minnesota regarding [...]

By | January 16th, 2015|Blog, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Computer Search Warrants in Minnesota

Let's say that as a part of an ongoing investigation into suspected drug dealing, the police have obtained a search warrant for your computer. The search warrant gives the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension permission to search your computer for "photographs, internet searches, communications including but not limited to emails, videos, stored data, and any [...]

By | January 7th, 2015|Blog, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Free Yourself from your Past with an Expungement

Coming January 1, 2015, you will be able to petition the court to expunge from your record petty misdemeanor convictions, misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor convictions, and certain felony convictions. The expungement law in Minnesota has been amended to allow for a more complete remedy. Now you can seal from public view not only the courthouse [...]

By | October 31st, 2014|Blog|7 Comments

Sex Trafficking Law in Minnesota

Sex trafficking is a serious felony offense under Minnesota law and is as: (a) receiving, recruiting, enticing, harboring, providing, or obtaining by any means an individual to aid in the prostitution of the individual; or (2) receiving profit or anything of value, knowing or having reason to know it is derived from an act described [...]

By | September 20th, 2014|Blog|0 Comments

Mortgage Fraud Defense

Mortgage fraud is a complex white collar crime and can involve obtaining mortgage loan proceeds by perpetrating such crimes as identity theft, forgeries, bank fraud, wire fraud, theft by swindle and racketeering. Oftentimes, fake identity documents are created for a straw buyer who is paid for his role in the scheme. The documents may falsely [...]

By | September 6th, 2014|Blog|0 Comments