Criminal Defense Archives

Supreme Court expands Fourth Amendment privacy rights

Americans living in Minnesota and across the nation recently received important new privacy protections. On June 22, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that, in most situations, law enforcement agencies are required to obtain a warrant before gaining access to someone's cell site location information, or CSLI. Some legal observers are calling the ruling the most important Fourth Amendment decision of the 21st century.

The reliability of eyewitnesses

When a crime is committed in Minnesota, law enforcement officials often seek out eyewitnesses. Historically, both the police detectives and prosecutors have been inclined to base their cases on eyewitness testimony. In recent years, however, many criminal justice and legal experts have come to question the value of some so-called eyewitness accounts.

Illegally obtained evidence

A person charged with a crime in Minnesota is protected by both state and federal constitutional rights. The Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Amendments apply to illegally obtained evidence. If someone believes that his or her constitutional rights were violated, the appropriate remedy is to file a motion to suppress the evidence.

What to expect if you are charged with mail fraud or wire fraud

Modern technology provides us more opportunities to connect, do business, and communicate than ever before. Two crimes that involve the way we communicate and conduct business online are mail fraud and wire fraud.

Don't let a holiday celebration get ruined by a DWI

The holidays are a festive time that typically include a lot of parties and family gatherings. They are also a time when local law enforcement agencies are on the lookout for people who have over-indulged and may be driving under the influence of alcohol.

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