How Fake Drugs Can Lead to Real Charges in Minnesota

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Many people assume selling fake drugs won’t get them into any trouble. Even if you’re selling a completely harmless substance, you can still find yourself in serious trouble if the authorities catch you. You can face criminal charges as if you were selling the real thing. Here is what can happen if you’re caught selling fake drugs.

What Is a Fake Drug?

In Minnesota, fake drugs fall under the category of simulated controlled substances. Just like with illegal drugs, the making, selling, or moving of fake drugs is a crime.

Tips for Writing a Character Letter for Court

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Character letters serve several purposes. Writing a letter to the judge could help influence a child custody decision, or it could affect the sentencing of an individual convicted of a crime.

Somebody you know might call on you to write a letter for the sentencing portion of a trial. In this letter, you might persuade the judge to impose a minimal sentence based on prior behavior and actions.

Of course, this might leave you with many questions. What kind of letter should you write? What information should you offer? Here are a few tips about writing character letters for court.

What Is Attorney-Client Privilege?

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If you have read the news lately or watched a court drama, you might have heard about the concept of attorney-client privilege. Previous court cases have paved the way for determining what types of privilege are covered with your attorney communications. They set the precedent for the modern idea of privilege in the courtroom.

Thanks to attorney-client privilege, in most cases, your attorney cannot be called to testify against you in court regarding statements you could have made to this person. Your attorney cannot tell everybody the confidential information you have shared with them, and often the law has no right to ask for information or documentation regarding your statements to your attorney.

Understanding the Difference Between an Arrest and Detainment in Minnesota

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An arrest in Minnesota is wholly different from detainment, but sometimes the two can feel like the same thing. Understanding the differences between the two can help if you find yourself facing either situation.

When Law Enforcement Detains You in Minnesota

If an officer stops you, whether on foot or in a car, then that officer is detaining you. During detainment, you’re not technically free to go. The officer will use this time to ask you questions or investigate a suspicion further. Some important facts to remember about detainment include:

Should You Choose A Jury Trial?

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If you are accused of committing a crime in the United States, you have the right to a trial to determine whether you are guilty or not. In Minnesota, you also have the right to choose to have a jury trial or a bench trial.

When you have the option of whether to choose a bench trial or a jury trial, you may have many questions. Continue reading to learn more about which option may work best in your case.

What Is a Jury Trial?

A jury trial is the traditional court trial involving members of the community selected to be on the jury. The jury will listen to both sides of the case and make a determination of guilty or not guilty based on Minnesota state laws.

Why Your Teen’s Criminal Charges Are a Big Deal

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Teens getting themselves into trouble is nothing new. Unfortunately, the days of a police officer just calling a teen’s parent for things like underage drinking are gone. Nowadays, teens often face serious consequences for the crimes that they commit, even if the crimes seem relatively minor. If your teen is facing criminal charges, you should take the situation seriously. Here is why.

Teens Can (and Do) Go to Jail

Many people are under the misconception that teens are given lighter sentences when they get convicted of crimes. Even though this does happen sometimes, you shouldn’t assume that your teen only faces community service or probation.

Can the Court Retry You for the Same Criminal Charges?

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Once you have your criminal charges dismissed, you can typically breathe a sigh of relief. Unfortunately, the prosecution can attempt to bring you up on the same dismissed charges later. Here is what you should know.

The Fifth Amendment and Double Jeopardy

The Fifth Amendment is one of the more well-known amendments to the U.S. constitution. You probably already know it protects you from incriminating yourself.

The Fifth also contains the Double Jeopardy Clause. This clause flatly states you cannot go through a retrial after you already received an acquittal or conviction. If your case falls under any of those prohibitions, then you’re safe.

Important Considerations for When You Get a Traffic Ticket

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Getting a traffic ticket is more than a nuisance. Besides the obvious fees and fines, a traffic ticket can result in higher insurance premiums and even the revocation of your license. Your life without the use of a car is likely to be more difficult.

While it’s not mandatory, legal counsel can help you get your ticket reduced or even dismissed in traffic court.

Types of Traffic Violations

Probably the most common traffic violation is speeding. Two types of speed restrictions exist — those that restrict your speed based on the setting, such as a residential street or a school zone, and those that restrict your speed according to driving conditions, such as rain or snow.

Another common traffic violation is running a red light or a stop sign, and this violation is considered a particularly dangerous one. So is distracted driving, such as texting or even looking at your smartphone map. These often result in stiffer penalties and fines.

Reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident are even more serious violations. Reckless driving is subjective, but it comes down to whether the police officer thinks you were driving with a disregard for the safety of others.

3 Myths Regarding a DUI Charge – Debunked

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While it is never okay, driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol is a common charge in the United States. An estimated 1.5 million people are arrested for drunk driving each year.  Whether under the influence of prescription pain medications, alcohol, or another drug, you should never get behind the wheel. With the proper understanding of a DUI charge, you may finally be able to learn the physical, emotional, and financial dangers of driving under the influence. By debunking these common myths, you will have a better understanding of a DUI charge.

DUI Is a Minor Offense

One of the most common misconceptions about a DUI charge is that it is a minor offense. In the past, paying a small fee would get you out of a DUI charge. This penalty punished you slightly, allowing you to continue driving without any worry of the charge affecting your criminal record.

The Many Effects an Underage DUI Arrest Can Have on Your Future

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If you have a DUI (driving under the influence) arrest, it’s important to talk to an attorney who can explain your options before you enter a final plea to the charge. How you decide to handle the situation can have a lasting impact on your continuing education and future employment opportunities. Even a misdemeanor, or first offense, drunk driving conviction can have far-reaching consequences. Here’s a look at just some of them.

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