Lab Tests on Marijuana Not Needed to Survive Probable Cause Challenge “Can you get my case thrown out?” People often ask their criminal defense lawyer that question. They want the magic to happen. They do not even want the case to get to trial. Find the technicality. Get it dismissed. And, let’s bounce. As an…

Recordings Without Complaining Witness Admissible in Domestic Assault Cases? MN Supreme Court to Decide Confrontation Clause Issue As criminal defense lawyers, we often hear “what if the witness does not show up? Won’t they have to dismiss my case?” These questions come up in all types of criminal cases, but more commonly, they get asked…

High Percentage of False Positives in Bite Mark Evidence  Forensic odontologists who analyze bite mark evidence rely on two foundational premises. The first is that human skin is a suitable medium to capture data from, which as we discussed in our last post, is not true due to the elasticity of the skin. The second…

Track the phone, track the person. As cell phones have become a vital organ to many, the ability to locate a phone allows law enforcement to place a person in a specific area. It is impossible for the Fourth Amendment to keep up with the technology explosion in real time. But eventually, case by case,…

“Ignorantia juris non excusat” means ignorance of the law is no excuse to escape liability. John or Jane Doe may not use this excuse to get out of a crime, but police officers can get away with it certain situations. Recently, the Minnesota Court of Appeals filed a decision inclined towards this theory in McGuire…

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