"Professor" Mike Brandt presented yesterday at the Minnesota State Bar Association's Criminal Law seminar, "Everything But the Trial School." He talked about tips and tricks for effective motion practice, based on his many years of experience.
Last week, the Minnesota Supreme Court heard final arguments regarding proposals to increase the amount of court records that are published online. Currently, court dispositions can be viewed online. But to see court records, such as criminal complaints or reports, one can only view them at a Minnesota courthouse, and must pay about $10 or more for printouts. Proponents of...
What exactly is bribery? The most common type of bribery refers to the offering, soliciting, or giving of any item of value as a means of influencing the actions of an individual holding a public or legal duty. There are serious consequences for bribing someone. In Minnesota, anyone who is guilty of bribery may be sentenced to a felony with...
The Minnesota Legislature and Governor Dayton enacted sweeping reforms to Minnesota’s expungement laws, which took effect January 1, 2015. A person’s criminal record aspect of their defense is perhaps second in importance only to their liberty. Minnesota has two distinct types of expungements: either you qualify for an expungement pursuant to statute, or you qualify pursuant to the court’s inherent...
When the State charges a defendant with a crime against a “vulnerable adult” (such as Criminal Abuse, Criminal Neglect, or Financial Exploitation of a Vulnerable Adult), one element the State must prove is that the victim qualifies as “vulnerable.” The definition for “vulnerable adult” found in Minnesota Statutes Section 609.232, subd. 11, can be kind of overwhelming. Here is a...
First Degree Burglary: The State has to prove the defendant entered a building without consent and committed a crime or had the intent to commit a crime PLUS just ONE of the three: The building the defendant entered was a residence, and another person who was not an accomplice was within the home when the defendant entered or at any...
Minnesota law states that anyone currently serving a felony sentence on election day (Tuesday, Nov. 6) is not eligible to vote. This includes people currently incarcerated, serving on probation, or those who have been granted parole for a felony offense. The right to vote is restored once the felony sentence has been completed. The election judge may require you to...
One of the biggest threats to the licensed pawn/secondhand dealer industry is the legal status of the property involved. The Minnesota statutes regulate the pawnbroker business, including how long records of transactions must be kept, the people who are eligible to pledge or sell property, and the place where pawned goods must be kept. During the transaction, pawnbrokers are required...
What is a “Statute of Limitations”? In the criminal setting, a statute of limitations is a statute that prescribes a maximum period of time after an event that the State can press criminal charges. A criminal prosecution must be commenced within a certain time for most criminal offenses. The limitation lengths vary by crime. Some crimes do not have any...
What Constitutes Kidnapping in Minnesota? Kidnapping in Minnesota is a crime that occurs when a person confines or removes any person without that person’s consent in order to commit the following: hold for ransom or as a hostage; as a way to commit a felony or flee from a felony; to terrorize the victim or another, or commit great bodily harm; to hold in involuntary servitude....
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