CONSENT SEARCHES. You may be asked by a police officer to consent to the search of your person, home, or car. What should you do? Just say no. DO NOT sign a Consent to Search form. The police will make all kinds of dire threats to gain your consent to search, such as: (1) we [...]
What's the law in Minnesota about carrying a pistol in a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance? If you have a permit to carry and the pistol is located on or about your person or clothing, it's a misdemeanor for a first time offense. A second or subsequent offense [...]
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 [...]
Don't give up. You can still ship out on time with the right criminal defense strategy. The secret here is to study the regulations for your branch of the armed services and determine what crimes will trigger the need for a "waiver" from your commanding officer. You do not want to be convicted of a crime [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Whoever threatens to commit a crime of violence with the intent to terrorize another person may be convicted of a felony. The state is required to prove that a person had the specific intent to terrorize another person. For example, if a person says, "I am going to poison you to death" this sounds like [...]
It's a felony offense in Minnesota for a driver to flee or to attempt to flee a police officer who is lawfully discharging his official duties when the driver knows or reasonably should know that he ...
If your criminal defense attorney is able to suppress the use of the blood, breath or urine test results in your Minnesota DWI case, you will have found the key to winning your case. The use of a chemical test result by the prosecution is c...