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...
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...
Minnesota statutes identify five degrees of assault. Within each degree, however, are several factors that could result in that charge. First degree assault is the most serious and brings felony-level charges that can result in a sentence of 20 years in prison. Below is a chart outlining the differences in the levels of assault in Minnesota. First Degree Causes great...
Who can legally make a citizen’s arrest in Minnesota? Many laws regarding citizen’s arrest have their roots back in medieval England where sheriffs encouraged the ordinary citizen to arrest people breaking the law and bring them to the sheriff for prosecution. Many states in the U.S. —including Minnesota—adopted this concept from English Common Law and codified them into statutes that...
Up until Friday July 1, 2022, possession of any amount of marijuana in a resinous form—such as edibles—was a felony in Minnesota. That all changed when a bill went into effect that allows the sale of food and drinks infused with THC, the ingredient that gets people high. The bill was created to help regulate the sale of Delta-8, a...
There has been a new bill that passed Minnesota’s House of Representatives that aims to help make expungements easier for those with criminal records – it is called the Clean Slate Act. Representative Jamie Long drafted the bill with the premise of allowing the population of Minnesotans with a criminal background, approximately 25 percent of residents, an “opportunity for redemption.”...
It’s not only big people that get into trouble with the law; sometimes our kids break the law and can get charged. Charges can vary from a petty misdemeanor up to a felony. When the police are investigating a crime involving a juvenile, there is a common misperception that a parent must be present when a child is interrogated. That’s...
Fingerprinting laws are different for adults and juveniles. For juveniles, fingerprinting is required under Minnesota law if the child is arrested for, appearing in court on a charge of, adjudicated delinquent for, or alleged to have committed a felony or gross misdemeanor. Juveniles admitted to jails or detention facilities or referred by a law enforcement agency to a diversion program...
We hear people talk about getting fingerprinted for a variety of reasons. But where do these fingerprints go? And when does someone need to get fingerprinted? Fingerprinting data is sent to the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA). The BCA compiles fingerprints and other identification data into a criminal database to facilitate connecting individuals to crimes. Fingerprinting data will stay within...
Many people may believe that an arrest is only legal if a police officer has a warrant to arrest the person or if the police officer sees the person commit a crime. However, this is not always the case; warrantless arrests are allowed under limited circumstances depending on the offense. For example, if the crime at issue is a misdemeanor,...
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