Felonies

11
May

Failing to Pay Taxes / Failing to File Tax Returns - Felony Crimes

There are two certainties in life: death and taxes. Very few enjoy the process of filing tax returns and paying their taxes. But, it’s an obligation we cannot avoid. IF you do avoid it, though, you could receive the attention of the IRS or face…
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5
May

Habeas Corpus Petition and Request for Compassionate Release

Roughly a year ago, a client contacted North Star seeking an appeal of his sentence, which would require him to remain in the Minnesota State Prison system for at least four full years. He had entered a plea of guilty in Minneapolis to first degree n…
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8
Apr

Controlled Substance Crimes Sentencing - How to Get a Reduction in Prison Time

Minnesota’s sentencing laws used to be more penal than just, particularly in the everlasting ‘war on drugs.’ Sentencing reform in 2016 provided some help in stopping the law from being overly punitive toward controlled substance cri…
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3
Apr

Depriving Parenting Rights Crime

Family law can get downright nasty – especially when it comes to parenting rights. It is not uncommon for the parents to fight tooth and nail to maximize their parenting time to the detriment of the other parent. Multiple hearings and parenting…
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11
Mar

Minnesota's Revenge Porn Law Ruled Unconstitutional

In December 2019, the Court of Appeals struck down Minnesota’s revenge porn law that made it illegal to “intentionally disseminate an image of another person who is depicted in a sexual act or whose intimate parts are exposed.” Minn. Stat.…
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18
Oct

Minnesota Sentencing Lawyer - Durational Departure

As previously discussed in our blog about dispositional departures, sentencing often can be the most critical part of the criminal case. When the State simply has the facts to convict you, the case then turns to how to obtain the best possible senten…
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5
Oct

Minnesota Sentencing Attorney - Dispositional Departure

Sentencing can often be the most important part of a criminal case for a defendant. Whether the defendant plead guilty or was found guilty at trial, sentencing is when the defendant finds out their criminal consequences. With prison on the line in fe…
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22
Apr

Sex Crimes - "Sexual or Aggressive Intent" - Defined

Minnesota’s sex crimes require a specific intent that is undefined by statute. In order for the State to prove a defendant committed criminal sexual contact, it must show that the defendant committed the contact with “sexual or aggressive…
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28
Sep

Interference with Privacy in Minnesota

Interference with privacy is a gross misdemeanor offense that can rise to felony level charges depending on the circumstances. The general concept of what interference with privacy means may make sense. But the statutory definitions are complex in tr…
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17
Jul

Leaving the Scene of an Accident - Hit and Run

Accidents happen. They don’t necessarily result in criminal charges – after all, they are called accidents. But sometimes, an accident can lead to criminal charges for failing to properly obey the traffic laws or if a driver leaves the sc…
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