Minnesotans Question the Impact of Looming Shutdown

While lawmakers are wrangling to resolve Minnesota's budget, questions remain for many individuals facing criminal charges about how the potential shutdown may affect them. The good news is that the shutdown is likely to have little impact.

Courts Will Remain Open

According to the Star Tribune, Judge Bruce Christopherson ruled on Tuesday that courts must stay open to avoid "irreparable and inestimable" consequences. "If the courts are not funded, the basic, essential constitutional rights of the public would be unprotected and fail."

New Laws Go Into Effect

Laws approved by the legislature earlier this year will not be impacted by a government shutdown. The League of Minnesota Cities prepared a preliminary report at the end May, highlighting the laws that had already been enacted or changed to that point.

The following changes to laws will go into effect August 1st:

•· It is a gross misdemeanor to assault a postal worker, reserve officer, utility worker or police horse.

•· Intentionally harming or killing a public safety dog, like a K-9 police dog, will now be charged as a felony.

•· Anyone found guilty of harming or killing a public safety dog will have to pay restitution.

•· The crime against for fleeing a peace officer by motor vehicle and subsequently killing or severely injuring someone has been expanded to include situations where the offender abandons the motor vehicle and continues to try and escape by some other means.

•· Violations of no contact orders stemming from domestic abuse will require fingerprinting.

Some laws will be going into effect sooner. The legislature has made a point to decisively attack new manufactured methods of getting high. Designer drugs 2CE and 2C-I, as well as bath salts and plant food, which are popular forms of mephedrone, and finally synthetic cannabinoids, such as salvia, will all be listed as Schedule 1 controlled substances effective July 1st.

Timing is important when it comes to protecting your rights. If you are facing criminal charges you should speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.

Source: http://www.dglobe.com/event/article/id/49578/

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

We Can Help. Contact Us.

Tell us about your case. Bold labels are required.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy



We start with a proactive approach through mutual education.

Note book


We expect the unexpected, so we are always prepared.



Our attorneys not only look professional but we adhere to the Highest Professional Standard.

  • Experienced Attorneys
  • Prepped For Trial
  • Attacked With The Groshek Method
Why Hire Us Learn More

Groshek Law PA
302 N 10th Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55401

Phone: 612-426-7047
Minneapolis Law Office Map

Groshek Law PA

Call for a consultation

Non-interactive Map of Groshek's Minneapolis Law Firm