Minnesota Lawyer Blogs
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 Year’s 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 lawyer’s 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 “dual sovereignty” 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 “secret documents” to a national news reporter. The charges come amid a government crackdown on leaks.
Shamrocks, leprechauns, shillelaghs. Beer, whiskey and… DWIs. Like other places in the U.S., drinking and St. Patrick’s 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.