Minnesota Pardons of Criminal Sexual Conduct Offenses

It’s that time of year again…Minnesota Pardon Applications are due December 1, 2017, for the spring 2018 hearing. The Minnesota Pardon Board meets twice per year to consider pardon applications. Many people ask whether a criminal sexual conduct conviction can be...

Restoring Gun Rights with a Domestic Assault Conviction

So you have a domestic assault conviction for causing bodily harm to a romantic partner or a person to whom you are acting as a parent. Your gun rights are gone for life under the federal Lautenberg amendment, 18 U.S.C. 922(g)(9). How to fix this? Some mistakenly...
Apparently Huffing Dust-Off and Driving is Not Illegal in Minnesota

Apparently Huffing Dust-Off and Driving is Not Illegal in Minnesota

The Minnesota Supreme Court ruled that DFE is not a hazardous substance for DWIs. State v. Carson, A15-1678 (Minn. Oct. 11, 2017) (read the case here). In Minnesota, one can get a DWI without consuming alcohol, but can if under the influence of a controlled substance,...

Turns Out Birds Can’t Fly Free in Minnesota, or Can They?

A man in Georgia was convicted of Disorderly Conduct for flipping his pastor the bird during their Sunday service. The Georgia Supreme Court then overturned the conviction because he is constitutionally protected under the First Amendment. (Read the Opinion Here) This...

What is good cause?

In order to restore gun rights following a felony conviction for a crime of violence in Minnesota, Minn. Stat. § 609.165, Subd. 1d states a person must demonstrate good cause to restore rights. What is good cause? The only published, precedential case on this area of...
Disorderly Conduct Statute Ruled Partially Unconstitutional

Disorderly Conduct Statute Ruled Partially Unconstitutional

The Minnesota Supreme Court held as unconstitutional a portion of the disorderly conduct statute related to disturbing lawful assemblies or meetings, but did not rule on other portions of the statute. The Court ruled in the case of Robin Hensel, who was charged with...
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