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Minnesota’s new expungement law went into effect on January 1, 2015. It is widely acclaimed as a “second chance” law for those attempting to seal their criminal records. The new law relaxes the rules and makes a wide range of cases eligible for expungement.[1] Hence, giving people a “second chance” to clear their criminal record…

Get me out of jail already. We already discussed the two main factors triggering bail: (1) jurisdiction; and (2) the type and level of offense. Now, get me out of the clink. Seriously, how long can they keep me here? It smells like urine, the food is terrible, and it is freezing. I need to…

Recently, we discussed Kanye’s request to have Rihanna pay his bail and the impact jurisdiction plays in determining whether bail will be set in Part I. In this installment, we explain the second biggest factor in determining whether bail is set in a case: the type and level of offense. Type & Level of Offense…

“If I go to jail tonight, promise you’ll pay my bail.”[1] Ahh, the signs of true love: don’t worry hunny, if you go to jail, I will bail you out. Often times, however, the bail process is not so easy. Especially in Minnesota. Importantly, every arrest does not trigger bail. Just because a cop places…

If you hire a hitman to take out your horrible boss; if you give your bookie your neighbor’s garage code and the location of the keys for their ’67 Mustang; if you drive the getaway car for your girlfriend after she steals Justin Bieber’s diamond earrings; then you may be criminally liable for aiding and…

In State v. Olson, the Minnesota Court of Appeals recently smacked down the Minneapolis City Attorney’s Office for acting in bad faith. The act? On the day of trial, the prosecutor told the district court judge if it denies its request to continue a trial date, it will dismiss the case and refile the charges….

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