Some people in Minnesota who have been convicted of crimes using eyewitness evidence may have been wrongly identified. In California, a man was exonerated of rape charges after serving eight years in prison when DNA evidence showed he did not commit the crime. The man had been identified by both the victim and a witness.
Many Minnesotans rent cars each year, and some people allow others who are not on the rental agreements to drive them. On May 14, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that people who are not on the rental agreements for the cars that they have borrowed still have privacy rights against warrantless searches of the vehicles.
In Minnesota, kidnapping is defined as confining a person or taking a person from one place to another without the consent of that person for one or more of four reasons. Those reasons are to hold that person as a hostage or for ransom, to terrify or harm the person, to assist in an escape or to keep a person in involuntary servitude.
To prove that a person has committed first-degree arson in Minnesota, the prosecution must show that he or she performed the acts specified in the relevant statute beyond a reasonable doubt. The elements of arson in the first degree are listed in statute number 609.561.
Black Minnesotans who are charged with crimes are much likelier to receive harsher sentences and to be forced into accepting pleas simply to get out of jail. A new study reveals the disparities between the sentencing of black and white criminal defendants, demonstrating a need for substantial changes.
When you picture a card game gone wrong -- the kind of wrong that leads to violence -- it's easy to imagine a cigar-smoking villain in a saloon. Emotions can run high during a high-stakes hand in any card game, though, and that includes "Magic: The Gathering."
When it comes to criminal charges and DUIs in Minnesota, it is important for you to understand the seriousness of the consequences you face. There are many reasons why you may decide to represent yourself in court. Self-representation is not advisable for every type of legal matter. Even if this is your first DUI/DWI offense, you should not expect to receive any leniency and mercy from the courts. There are far too many factors that can have an adverse impact on your situation.
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.
We get it. You went out to the marijuana capital of the world and had a bit of an adventure. Now that you are back in Minnesota, you may have some questions about what could happen in the event you are charged with a drug crime over certain souvenirs.
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.