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When a person hears that someone is charged with a crime, the first thing they probably think to themselves is “well, did they do it? Are they guilty?” Do they ever think “is this even a crime?” Despite the fact there may be no due process right more fundamental than the one that laws must…

“No horseplay around the campfire!” Your momma told you. “Someone will get hurt!” In a series of unfortunate events at a Minnesota bonfire, someone did get hurt after falling into the fire, which triggered a first-degree assault[1] conviction in State v. Dorn. Dorn was partaking in a popular Minnesota pastime – attending a large outdoor…

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…

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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