Police Entrapment in Sex Sting Cases

How do the police set you up on a typical sex sting operation in Minnesota?  The police may start by placing an ad on Backpages which reads something like,  "Naughty Little Play Things." The ad will  list the girls ages at 18. A person who responds to this ad will   soon be entrapped by the police through the use of [...]

By | September 8th, 2016|Defense, Entrapment, Sex Crimes|0 Comments

Minnesota Court of Appeals Declares Test Refusal Statute Unconstitutional

The Minnesota Court of Appeals  reversed the DWI conviction of a criminal defendant for refusing to submit to a urine test where police failed to obtain a search warrant. The Court held that  Minnesota's test-refusal statute is unconstitutional when applied to suspects who are charged with refusal to submit to either a warrantless blood or urine [...]

By | December 29th, 2015|Defense, Drugs, DWI|0 Comments

Expungement of a 5th Degree Controlled Substance Crime in MN

So at one time in your past you  made a mistake; the police  caught you with a felony amount of marijuana,  cocaine, or methamphetamine.  You were charged  in Minnesota with the felony offense of  Controlled Substance Crime in the Fifth Degree. You may have been  convicted of the felony offense  or plea bargained the case down to a Stay [...]

By | October 29th, 2015|Defense, Drugs|0 Comments

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