That happened years ago, how can they use that against me?

That happened years ago, how can they use that against me?

In general, evidence of prior crimes or bad acts cannot be introduced at trial to prove that a person committed the crime for which they are currently charged. Under Minnesota Rule of Evidence 404(b), evidence of another crime, wrong, or act is not admissible to prove...

Can I Expunge My Offense From Another State?

Expungements for Minnesota offenses must go back to the county where the case was prosecuted. Offenses from other states are unable to be expunged in Minnesota. A Minnesota judge does not have jurisdiction over agencies and courts from other states. A Minnesota judge...
Can I get a DWI if I take prescription drugs?

Can I get a DWI if I take prescription drugs?

Under Minnesota law, it is a crime to drive, operate, or be in physical control of any motor vehicle if your body contains any amount of a Schedule I or II controlled substance other than marijuana or its derivatives. Schedule I or II substances not only include...
Restitution: General Restitution v. Identity-Theft Restitution

Restitution: General Restitution v. Identity-Theft Restitution

In State v. Rey, 905 N.W.2d 490 (Minn. 2018), the Minnesota Supreme Court held that “the identity-theft statute does not expressly require a district court to consider the amount of economic loss suffered by the victim or the defendant’s ability to pay when ordering...

Vehicle Forfeiture in Prostitution Cases

Pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 609.5312, any person charged with a prostitution offense, who allegedly used their vehicle to commit the offense, can have their motor vehicle forfeited. The Minnesota Legislature recently changed the laws to require a conviction in these...
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