If an individual is already being charged with a specified first-degree controlled substance crime and either 1) the crime involved a firearm or 2) the individual has two aggravating factors, they can be charged with an aggravated controlled substance crime in the first degree. The aggravating factors for controlled substance crimes in Minnesota are: The individual has been convicted of...
The Day Before Thanksgiving is considered one of the heaviest drinking days of the year which means DWI patrol will likely be significant. Whether you are drinking with your family or with old friends, the day before Thanksgiving is one of the worst days to get arrested for a DWI. But why? For certain degrees of DWIs, you may be...
Ever wonder if Minnesota has been terrorized by a serial killer? Or perhaps Minnesota is where a serial killer calls home? This blog series will explore potential serial killers that either have roots in Minnesota or have been accused of preying on Minnesota residents. Part two covers Joseph Donald Ture, Jr. Joseph Ture was born on February 7, 1951. He...
Under Minnesota Statute 624.713, Subd. 1, many convictions will result in an inability to possess ammunition or any firearm for a specified period of time. Many timeframes are based on the date of conviction, though some may be imposed with a sentencing order. However, under Minnesota Statute 609.165, Subd. 1a, a person convicted of a felony crime of violence is...
You can be charged with a misdemeanor, gross misdemeanor, or even a felony DWI. The seriousness of the charge relates to how many “aggravating factors” are present in a particular case. That means that all DWIs start at the misdemeanor level (called a “fourth degree”) and can increase in severity based on any aggravating factors. The factors that can aggravate...
In movies, books, television shows, and conversations with friends, the words “parole” and “probation” seem to be used interchangeably, but they are far from the same. Parole is a conditional release from prison where a parole officer will monitor how a recently released, former inmate is doing. There can be conditions of parole, such as no drug use or remaining...
Short answer: You won’t! Stores are cracking down on the practice of “skip scanning,” which is where a shopper uses the self-checkout to bag their items while only pretending to scan and pay for some or all of them. Many stores have increased their self-checkout capacity due to the Covid-19 pandemic and skip scanning has become much more prevalent as...
According to the FBI, sovereign citizens are “anti-government extremists who believe that even though they physically reside in this country, they are separate or ‘sovereign’ from the United States.” Sovereign citizen status is not something that is applied for, but rather, it is a group with whom individuals self-identify. Those who self-identify as sovereign citizens believe that they do not...
In Minnesota, prostitution can be charged as a misdemeanor, gross misdemeanor, or misdemeanor, depending on the facts of the case. Misdemeanor prostitution can be charged when: A person engages in prostitution with an individual who is 18 years or older, or person is hired, offers to be hired, or agrees to be hired by an individual who is 18 or...
In May of 2022, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz signed a bill many are calling the “Free the Growler” Bill. According to Governor Walz’s office, the bill “makes several changes to Minnesota’s liquor laws, including raising the cap on growler sales, allowing more off-sale options for smaller breweries, and expanding license opportunities for specific cities and events.” More specifically, the bill...
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