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Minnesota Court of Appeals overturned a state law regarding revenge porn.
New York Times investigative article finds that across the country breath tests for DWI are often unreliable. Does this include Minnesota?
Minnesota Supreme Court announces special rules for post-conviction cases involving criminal DWI Test Refusal.
Invasive bodily searches and the constitutional rights to dignity, personal privacy and bodily integrity.
Bail - The constitutional right to post bail and secure release from custody prior to trial and possible conditions.
Prior to this change of law in Minnesota the statutory definition of rape specifically excluded spouses. Now they may be included.
Miranda rights protect individuals from compelling them to incriminate themselves with statements that can and will be used against them.
The DOC no longer considers possession and use of medical marijuana a violation of parole or supervised release conditions.
If your smart device has this type of security the police may request access to your device but are you required to provide it?
A recent Minnesota (MN) Court of Appeals opinion appears to have expanded the scope of what constitutes attempt in the context of sex crimes, causing frustration among MN law firms.
Every year, from the Wednesday before Thanksgiving to New Yearâs Day, Minnesota and Wisconsin see a surge in DWI and DUI arrests. As a consequence, criminal lawyers work even harder to protect the rights of folks who are facing impaired driving charges.
Since the 1980s, the amount of time within which prosecutors must charge someone with a criminal sexual conduct offense has increased several times. This means that today, allegations about a long-forgotten incident can be made years later, which can complicate a defense lawyerâs job.
In Minnesota, a police officer must have probable cause to search you or arrest you. So, arguing over whether probable cause existed is a big deal for criminal defense lawyers in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.
The âdual sovereigntyâ doctrine and increasing overlap among state and federal law increases the likelihood that a Minnesota criminal defendant could be charged twice for the same crime.
DOJ files criminal charges against only African American FBI agent in Minnesota. Attorneys say that the agent allegedly leaked âsecret documentsâ to a national news reporter. The charges come amid a government crackdown on leaks.
Shamrocks, leprechauns, shillelaghs. Beer, whiskey andâŚ DWIs. Like other places in the U.S., drinking and St. Patrickâs Day go hand in hand in the North Star State. Unfortunately, so do drunk driving arrests.
Last year, the Minnesota State Patrol reported that law enforcement arrested 175 drunk drivers in a period of less than 15 hours
Is your smartphone safe from law enforcement?
In the United States’ first major criminal law decision involving smartphones and personal rights, Minnesota’s highest court says that law enforcement officers have the right to make you unlock your phone in the event you have fingerprint identification activation on.
When it comes to face-recognition technology, law enforcement may soon require citizens to look at their phone in order to unlock its contents, though a memorized passcode might still give smartphone owners protection.