One of the issues I repeatedly look into as a Minneapolis criminal defense attorney is evidence collection – more specifically, whether the evidence being held against you was obtained properly. Were you searched improperly? Were your assets seized in an unconstitutional way? Police may find something incriminating on your cell phone, in your car, or in …Continue reading "Minneapolis Criminal Defense Attorney Looks at Recent Minnesota Supreme Court Rulings Involving Vehicle Impoundment and Searches"
When motorists think about DWI, chances are they’re thinking about driving under the influence of alcohol, or perhaps some illegal substance like marijuana or cocaine. The truth is, and as absurd as it appears on the surface, in Minnesota, you can be arrested for driving after having used drugs legally prescribed by your doctor. The …Continue reading "Minneapolis DWI Attorney: You Can Be Arrested for Driving with Prescription Drugs in Your System"
Though marijuana growing, selling, and use laws are changing all around the U.S., these acts are still considered illegal in the state of Minnesota. Classified as a Schedule 1 drug, marijuana is grouped in with many highly addictive and harmful drugs such as heroin and cocaine. If you have been charged with driving under the …Continue reading "Driving Under the Influence of Marijuana Laws in Minnesota"
State or felony drug charges are a serious matter. Since the inception of the war on drugs in the late 1970s and 1980s, those suspected of drug crimes face extreme penalties if convicted. Though some states have seriously diminished or relinquished penalties related to marijuana related crimes, many states at this time are still pursuing …Continue reading "Current Marijuana Laws in Minnesota"
Eastern metro counties increased the number of felony prosecutions involving prescription drugs. Dakota County alone saw an almost 40% increase in felony prosecutions involving prescription drugs. As a result, Dakota and other counties are starting to pay more attention to prescription drug abuse. Hennepin, Ramsey, Dakota, and Washington counties have all adopted programs dedicated to …Continue reading "Large Increase In Felony Prosecution For Crimes Involving Prescription Drugs"
Earlier this week a man from the Minneapolis / Saint Paul area was sentenced for more than 33 months in prison and a fine of $1,000 for DWI and drug possession. The man pled guilty to DWI and Second Degree Drug Possession. The man was pulled over for failing to turn off his high-beam headlights …Continue reading "DWIs – They Don’t Just Mean Drinking & Driving"
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in late January that police attachments of GPS-tracking devices to automobiles are considered searches under the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution in the case of United States v. Jones. The Fourth Amendment protects against unreasonable searches and seizures by law enforcement. Law enforcement cannot enter someone’s home and …Continue reading "Police GPS Tracking Device Constitutes Search Says U.S. Supreme Court"
On Monday, the US Supreme Court decided a case that reinforced the importance of the 4th Amendment to the US Constitution. The Court ruled that the police must have a search warrant to use a GPS tracking device on a vehicle to gather information. In this case, the defendant was suspected of trafficking drugs. The …Continue reading "The Fourth Amendment Wins"
Earlier this month South Dakota law enforcement officials arrested a man for possession of nearly 980 pounds of marijuana. The man has been charged with Felony Possession of Marijuana, Felony Possession of Marijuana with the Intent to Sell, and Misdemeanor Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. The man was driving his vehicle when the police stopped him …Continue reading "Speeding and Possessing a Large Amount of Marijuana"
Recently, north of Minneapolis, Mr. Steven Johnson was charged with 3rd Degree DWI and 5th Degree Drug Possession in connection with a motor vehicle accident. According to reports, Mr. Johnson had not been drinking, but had been huffing bottles of whipped cream prior to or while driving his vehicle. Mr. Johnson was arrested after the …Continue reading "You Don’t Have to Drink to Get a DWI"