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8 Steps to Take When You’re Charged with a Felony

8 Steps to Take When You’re Charged with a Felony

We tend to think that arrests happen quickly and right at the scene of a crime, but that’s not always the case. Often, individuals know they’ll be charged with a crime outside the presence of police. If this is the situation you’re currently facing, you probably want...

Understanding Minnesota Marijuana Laws

Understanding Minnesota Marijuana Laws

Minnesota is not one of the states that has legalized recreational use of marijuana. Therefore, it is important to be aware of state laws relating to marijuana possession and sale, and to have the assistance of an experienced Minnesota Drug Defense Attorney if you’ve...

Policing for Profit – Is Change Coming to Forfeiture Laws?

Policing for Profit – Is Change Coming to Forfeiture Laws?

By Kevin Sieben, Partner, Sieben Edmunds Miller In Minnesota and throughout the country law enforcement agencies seize and then keep property associated with the commission of crimes. These law enforcement agencies (police departments, FBI, DEA) seize many types of...

Criminal Penalties for Marijuana in Minnesota

Criminal Penalties for Marijuana in Minnesota Posted: December 16, 2015 Welcome back to the Sieben Edmunds PLLC Criminal Defense Blog Series! Marijuana is the subject of our third installment. In 2014, the Minnesota legislature enacted a law that authorizes medical...

What happens when I am charged with a crime?

What happens when I am charged with a crime?

Posted: November 5, 2015 Welcome to the first installment of the Sieben Edmunds PLLC Criminal Defense Blog Series! This blog post will focus on what happens in a typical criminal case. Types of Offenses The process that occurs after being charged with a crime can vary...

Get Your Life Back.

It’s embarrassing.  Back in college you got a minor consumption ticket which has haunted you in graduate school or when you applied for that job you really wanted. It’s wrecking your career.  Years ago you were down on your luck and you got caught shoplifting some...

Drug Kingpin from St. Paul Sentenced

Drug Kingpin from St. Paul Sentenced

Drug charges can have severe consequences. One case that's been in the news recently is the case of Jesus Mendoza, a drug kingpin from St. Paul, MN. According to a recent Star Tribune article, Mendoza pled guilty last summer to trafficking in numerous pounds of...

What is Drug Court?

What is Drug Court?

Drug Court is a special court designed to rehabilitate certain felony offenders through long-term comprehensive supervision, drug testing, treatment services and immediate sanctions and incentives.  Drug courts promote recovery through a coordinated response to...

Hunting, Drinking and Criminal Convictions.

Hunting, Drinking and Criminal Convictions.

Hunting is a favorite past-time for many Minnesotans and as with many favorite past times, some hunters like to enjoy an alcoholic beverage or two.  This raises the question, “is it ok to drink and hunt?” Under Minnesota Statute, a person may not take wild animals...

Felony vs. Misdemeanor Drug Charges in Minnesota

We’ve talked a lot about drinking and driving, but there’s another topic that warrants (no pun intended) attention. The topic? Drug charges. The official term is “Controlled substance” charges. According to 2010 Minnesota statute 152.01, controlled substance means “a...

Probation and the Minnesota Court System

Whether you were convicted of DWI, careless driving, assault, drug possession, or any other offense, probation was likely a part of your sentence.  In Minnesota, there are typically two types of probation, to the court and to community corrections.  Generally, if the...