6
Apr

What is a Geofence Warrant and Why is it Important?

Where technology has evolved, individuals are not just traveling with everything at the push of a button, but they are also carrying the ability to track their location with them. When a person carries a cell phone, it pings off the different cell ph…
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26
Sep

The Odor of Marijuana Alone May Not Justify Vehicle Search

The Supreme Court recently issued a critical decision that will have wide-ranging impact that coincides with the new legalization of marijuana. As outlined previously in this blog, the Court of Appeals ruled that the mere odor of marijuana – wi…
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6
Jun

Felon's Right to Vote Restored Sooner with New Minnesota Law Change

One of the most significant collateral consequences to a felony conviction is the loss of civil rights. The primary civil rights in play are the person’s firearm rights and, most importantly, the right to vote. For the latter, a felon’s r…
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23
Apr

Beyond a Reasonable Doubt Defined

The Constitution protects every criminal defendant by declaring that the defendant is innocent until proven guilty. And in order to be proven guilty, the State must prove each and every element beyond a reasonable doubt. It is the State’s burde…
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20
Feb

Fighting an Order for Protection

If you’ve just been served with an Order for Protection in Minnesota, your world is potentially flipped upside down. It is critical to understand what this Order is, how it immediately impacts you and your daily life, and what your options are…
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4
Nov

Victim Cooperation is Critical to Proving Domestic Assault

One of the most critical considerations of a domestic assault or general assault case is victim cooperation. Will the victim cooperate (i.e. testify trial) or is the victim expected to no-show. While being subpoenaed by a court requires the victim to…
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26
Oct

Odor of Marijuana May Not Justify a Vehicle Search - Under Certain Circumstances

As the world slowly but surely progresses to an era when marijuana will be legalized by every State, the courts are lagging behind, as usual. The courts have always been slow in responding to the evolution of things, such as trying to figure out the…
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23
Nov

Confessions Must Be Corroborated By Independent Evidence To Prove the Crime

The Minnesota Supreme Court just issued a ruling (State v. Holl, A19-1464) relating to the corpus delicti rule of law, in which a confession to a crime must be accompanied by some other evidence to result in a conviction. The idea is that criminal co…
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7
Jan

Minnesota's Revenge Porn Law Upheld by Supreme Court

A little more than a year ago, the Minnesota Court of Appeals issued a significant ruling when it found that Minnesota’s revenge porn law (more formally known as nonconsensual dissemination of private sexual images) was unconstitutionally overb…
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30
Jan

Being Nervous Does NOT Permit Expanding the Scope of the Stop

Anyone who gets pulled over will tell you – if they’re being honest – that they were being nervous when talking with the cop. It doesn’t matter if the driver was hiding something illegal in the vehicle or was simply pulled ove…
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