Monthly Archives: May 2015

How Long Can Police Hold You In Custody?
How Long Can Police Hold You In Custody?
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In Minnesota, there are primarily four ways suspects enter the criminal justice system once accused of committing a criminal offense.


Citation: A police officer does not arrest a suspect but instead gives a citation or “ticket” explaining what the suspect is charged with and usually a date to appear in court.


Summons and Complaint: A complaint is a written document charging a defendant with criminal offense. Complaints are often mailed to defendants in cases involving

How a Minnesota Grand Jury Works
How a Minnesota Grand Jury Works
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Category: General Legal | Jury


What is a grand jury and how do they work in Minnesota? Grand juries are a group of randomly selected people from the community who are summoned to court, sworn in, instructed by a judge, and advised by either the County Attorney or an Assistant County Attorney (Minnesota county prosecutors who are sometimes called “District Attorneys” in other states). The purpose of a grand jury is to hear evidence concerning serious felonies (usually homicides) and to decide whether there

Minnesota Assault Laws Explained
Minnesota Assault Laws Explained
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Assault is a broad and common charge in Minnesota. There are several types of assault including Fifth Degree Assault, Fourth Degree Assault, Third Degree Assault, Second Degree Assault, First Degree Assault, Domestic Assault, and Aggravated Assault.
So what’s the difference?


Regardless of what assault level a person is charged with, the consequences can be life changing. Understanding the difference between assault crimes is critical. Reading about Minnesota’s different assault laws can be difficult and frustrating, especially when there are

Police Cannot Extend Traffic Stops to Wait for Drug Dogs
Police Cannot Extend Traffic Stops to Wait for Drug Dogs
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On April 21, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that police cannot extend a person’s detention, during a normal traffic stop, while they look for evidence of crimes unrelated to the offense that prompted the initial stop.


In Rodriguez v. United States, a driver was pulled over by police for driving on the highway shoulder. Police then made the driver wait 10 minutes for backup officers to arrive with a drug-sniffing dog to search for drugs. Once the



With offices in Minneapolis and Stillwater, Minnesota, Keyser Law, P.A. handles cases throughout the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area including:




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