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Authorities want harsh sentences in narcotics case

The Polk County Attorney's Office made clear in court filings that it intends to seek aggravated sentencing against three men accused of trafficking narcotics. Convictions on charges of aggravated controlled substance crimes would allow a judge to impose penalties that exceed the normal Minnesota sentencing guidelines.

What is a grand jury?

A grand jury is not like a regular jury. They are assembled, via random selection from registered voters, to determine if there is probable cause to prosecute. In other words, the pool decides whether there is sufficient reason to believe the person accused could have committed the crime.

After year-long drug crime suspension St. Olaf student returns to college

Anthony Bussa was the defense attorney for Riley Hedstrom, a St. Olaf student who faced two felony charges of fifth-degree possession, when he was caught by police with marijuana wax, LSD, ecstasy/MDMA (Molly) and additional paraphernalia in his dorm room.  Read the full article here

Xanax linked to a growing number of drug-related crimes in Minnesota

Recent headlines about University of Minnesota wrestlers being involved in the use and sale of benzodiazepines (like Xanax, Valium and Ativan), as well as this story of a Macalester College athlete facing criminal charges relating to his own use and sale of Xanax have led some to wonder if a new avenue of drug-related crimes is coming to our state. Minnesota has had problems with some drugs, namely methamphetamine and prescription opiates such as OxyContin and Percocet, for some time, but experts like Dr. Joseph Lee, director of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation Youth Continuum, suggest that the use and sale of benzodiazepines has become a huge issue here in recent years.

Get help: Common signs of teenage drug abuse

"I never would have thought she'd take anything - never in a million years." That's what the mother of a 17-year-old Woodbury teenager said after her child passed away in 2014 from a drug overdose. The teen fell victim to the growing synthetic drug problem that has infiltrated several Minnesota communities and the rest of the United States.

  • What Should You Do If You Get Stopped By A Cop?

    You should not be hostile. Simply stop and allow the cop to do the cop’s job. If you are ticketed or arrested, immediately...

  • What Should You Say If You Get Stopped By A Cop?

    You have constitutional rights that you can invoke. This means that you do not have to say anything to cops, which is...

  • Can A Cop Search Your Person And/Or Your Stuff?

    A cop can search you and/or your car if a cop has probable cause to believe you pose a violent threat to the cop and/or that you...

  • What Is The Standard To Arrest You?

    A cop must have probable cause to arrest you for a crime. A cop can use the cop’s training and experience as well as his...

  • What Should You Do If You Get Served With A Search Warrant?

    The Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution mandates that a cop present...

  • If Arrested, How Long Can You Be Held In Jail?

    No matter what crime you are charged with, you have 36 hours to have a bail hearing if you are in jail. This time requirement...

  • If Arrested, How Long Do You Have To Wait To Be Formally Charged?

    If you are in custody, the prosecution has 48 hours from the time of your demand to file...

  • Are All Of Your Privacy Rights Protected?

    No, the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution only protects your person, your home, your papers, and your...

  • What Are The Differences Between The United States And The Minnesota Constitutions?

  • After You Are Charged, What Does The Process Entail?

    Vigorously defending your rights demands a marathon, not a sprint, mentality. Every stone must be overturned.

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