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Using a “canned” speech while reviewing a plea petition with a client who is not a U.S. citizen teeters on the brink of ineffective assistance of counsel. Recently, the Minnesota Court of Appeals determined a defendant received ineffective assistance of counsel when his lawyer advised him he would not be deported for pleading guilty to…

Free speech protections under the First Amendment are vast. But you cannot say anything you want to without running the risk of legal trouble. Heated arguments, yelling profanities at someone, and even joking around can amount to crimes in Minnesota. For example, you discover evidence of infidelity on your girlfriend’s phone. In a fury of…

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…

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