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.
The Internet remembers. Everything. In most cases, that's good news as people can explore an almost limitless, and still growing, supply of information dating back decades. That supply, though, includes criminal records that employers, higher institutions and landlords easily can access, making it nearly impossible for people to conceal or detach from their pasts.
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.