Charged with a Crime in Minnesota? You have More Options than You May Think

Charged with a Crime in Minnesota? You have More Options than You May Think

Getting charged with a crime can be a paralyzing experience — it’s difficult to focus on other things in life with a case pending.  Navigating the criminal justice system can feel overwhelming, especially if you have no understanding of the criminal process.  It’s like trying to play Candy Crush with your eyes closed… when you don’t

East Liverpool Police Photos Highlight Stark Divide in Public Attitude toward Drug Crimes and Opioid Crisis

East Liverpool Police Photos Highlight Stark Divide in Public Attitude toward Drug Crimes and Opioid Crisis

The East Liverpool Police Department in Ohio recently commanded the American public’s attention by posting the now-viral images of two people sitting in a car, overdosed from heroin, with a four year old child sitting alert in the back seat.  Privacy issues set aside, this unfortunate scene has people starkly divided.  Some people view the police’s photos as

Getting arrested: How long can you be held in jail?

Getting arrested: How long can you be held in jail?

Being arrested can be a scary experience (obviously).  Part of this fear and anxiety may come from the fact that many people don’t know their rights in these situations, which is understandable.  Because if you’ve ever attempted to read the law, your eyes probably immediately glazed over from the thick brain-deafening dullness that seems more

Voting Rights: How Felony Convictions Affect Your Ability to Participate in the Democratic Process

Voting Rights: How Felony Convictions Affect Your Ability to Participate in the Democratic Process

With a looming (and emotionally volatile) presidential election on the horizon this November, knowing whether a past felony conviction prevents you from voting is important.  Many people mistakenly believe that people with felony convictions are not allowed to ever vote again; that their right to vote has been permanently taken away because of their conviction. 

Bernard v. Minnesota: U.S. Supreme Court Rules Warrantless Breath Tests Constitutional (But Not Blood Tests)

Bernard v. Minnesota: U.S. Supreme Court Rules Warrantless Breath Tests Constitutional (But Not Blood Tests)

In a 6-2 decision entered on June 23, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the Fourth Amendment permits warrantless breath tests incident to arrests for drunk driving but does not permit warrantless blood tests.  To some, this ruling provides further guidance and instruction to law enforcement regarding the scope of what they can and

Drug Crimes: Criminal Justice Reform and Moving Away from the War on Drugs Mentality

Drug Crimes: Criminal Justice Reform and Moving Away from the War on Drugs Mentality

The relationship between drugs and crimes is unsurprisingly complex.  Drugs are related to crime through the effects they have on the user’s behavior, which has the potential to generate crimes ranging from low-level nonviolent to violent activity – to anywhere in between.  On the one hand, justice needs to be served.  But on the other,