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Federal sentencing reform continues to gain momentum in Congress. Today, the House Judiciary Committee unanimously voted to send the Sentencing Reform Act (H.R. 3713) to the House Floor. Similar to other bills, the Sentencing Reform Act aims to reduce the federal prison population, especially for those offenders serving harsh mandatory minimum drug sentences. This bill…

“I heard if you suck on a penny it will neutralize the alcohol you drank and you can beat a breath test. Maybe it was a quarter. Or, a dime. I can’t remember. If you are about to get busted for DWI, just grab whatever change you can find and throw it in your mouth.”…

“Will I be deported for this?” Hands down, this is the most common question asked by someone who is not a United States citizen after they are slapped with criminal charges. As a criminal defense lawyer, having a definitive answer for that vital question is not always required. Only if deportation consequences are “truly clear,”[1] …

We recently blogged about Minnesota’s ability to forfeit a vehicle after certain offenses here. We discussed the procedure an owner must follow in attempting to recover a seized vehicle.[1] Part of a successful attempt may include proving an affirmative defense, such as the innocent owner defense. This is a popular defense for a vehicle owner…

Losing a vehicle after receiving a DWI is a very real, yet lesser known consequence. In 2000, Minnesota enacted a vehicle forfeiture statute to bolster “efforts to keep impaired drivers off the road, particularly those drivers who have shown a repeated willingness to drive while impaired.”[1] This statute allows the state to seize your vehicle…

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