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Category Archives: Drug Crimes


Heads Up – Drug Sentencing Has Changed in Minnesota
Heads Up – Drug Sentencing Has Changed in Minnesota
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A number of different Minnesota laws changed recently, including the sentencing and penalties for drug possession and trafficking crimes.

 

August 1st marked the beginning of over 50 new important laws and changes in Minnesota, including laws concerning DUI sentencing, minimum wage, and digital assets. But, possibly most notably, Minnesota made the biggest revisions to drug crime and sentencing legislature in almost three decades.

 

Over 20 amendments or changes were made to the thresholds for certain degrees of


What Changes to Drug Crimes Sentencing Mean for You
What Changes to Drug Crimes Sentencing Mean for You
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Earlier this year, President Obama made history by granting clemency to over 240 individuals who faced harsh penalties for drug crimes.

 

In his efforts, he commuted 92 life sentences and has pardoned more people than the past 6 presidents combined. All individuals were nonviolent offenders, and many were able to go home to their families after decades in prison.

 

His efforts reflect the recent shift in national attitudes toward drug crimes and sentencing. The past few years


3 Things You Don’t Know About Drug Trafficking in Minnesota
3 Things You Don’t Know About Drug Trafficking in Minnesota
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Local police officers claim they’ve seen the effect drug trafficking can have on an area: pain and suffering from families where the drugs are abused, and an increase in the number of crimes committed wherever the drugs are coming in. Because of this, law enforcement officers are cracking down on drug traffickers here in Minnesota.

 

Last year, 41 people – yes, 41 people – were indicted for being members of a multi-state drug trafficking ring in northern Minnesota and


A Guide to Minnesota’s Marijuana Laws
A Guide to Minnesota’s Marijuana Laws
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To many people, the use and possession of marijuana is thought to be a minor crime – or not even a crime at all. After all, more and more states are passing laws that legalize marijuana in some form, so many believe that it isn’t fair to be punished for something that others in our country are free to do.

 

The law, unfortunately, is not quite that simple.

 

There are currently 23 states and the District of Columbia


Supreme Court Rules No Deportation for Drugs Hidden in Socks
Supreme Court Rules No Deportation for Drugs Hidden in Socks
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On June 1, 2015, in Mellouli v. Lynch, the U.S. Supreme Court decided that a non-citizen who was convicted of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia could not be deported for that offense. Mr. Mellouli was a lawful permanent resident (commonly referred to as a “green card holder”) living in Kansas. He was stopped by police in 2010 for a traffic-related offense. A search at the jail discovered four pills in Mr. Mellouli’s sock. The pills were never identified in


Minnesota Drug Program Gets Suspended
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September 17th marked the 1 year anniversary of the start of the Occupy movement. During the Occupy Minnesota event last year, several activists claimed that they were approached by a Minnesota State Trooper and a Hutchinson police office, then asked to come to their squad cars and provided with marijuana. A video surfaced supposedly documenting these events.

 

The accusations against the officers were that they were allegedly supplying citizens with drugs so that they could carry out the


MINNEAPOLIS & ST. PAUL CRIMINAL DEFENSE & DWI LAW FIRM SERVING

 

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

 

HENNEPIN COUNTY

 

Bloomington, Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Champlin, Chanhassen, Corcoran, Crystal, Dayton, Deephaven, Eden Prairie, Edina, Excelsior, Golden Valley, Greenfield, Greenwood, Hanover, Hopkins, Independence, Long Lake, Loretto, Maple Grove, Maple Plain, Medicine Lake, Medina, Minneapolis, Minnetonka, Minnetrista, Mound, New Hope, Orono, Osseo, Plymouth, Richfield, Robbinsdale, Rockford, Rogers, Shorewood, Spring Park, St. Anthony Village, St. Bonifacius, St. Louis Park, Wayzata, Woodland and Hassan Township.

WASHINGTON COUNTY

 

Afton, Bayport, Birchwood Village, Cottage Grove, Dellwood, Forest Lake, Grant, Hugo, Lake Elmo, Lake St. Croix Beach, Lakeland Shores, Lakeland, Landfall, Mahtomedi, Marine on St. Croix, Newport, Oak Park Heights, Oakdale, Pine Springs, Scandia, St. Marys Point, St. Paul Park, Stillwater, Willernie, White Bear Lake, Woodbury, Baytown, Denmark, Grey Cloud Island, May, West Lakeland, Garen and Point Douglas.

RAMSEY COUNTY

Arden Hills, Blaine, Falcon Heights, Gem Lake, Lauderdale, Little Canada, Maplewood, Mounds View, New Brighton, North Oaks, North St. Paul, Roseville, Shoreview, St. Anthony, St. Paul, Spring Lake Park, Vadnais Heights, White Bear Lake and White Bear Lake Township.

ANOKA COUNTY

Andover, Anoka, Bethel, Blaine, Centerville, Circle Pines, Columbia Heights, Columbus, Coon Rapids, East Bethel, Fridley, Ham Lake, Hilltop, Lexington, Lino Lakes, Nowthen, Oak Grove, Ramsey and St. Francis.

DAKOTA COUNTY

Apple Valley, Burnsville, Coates, Eagan, Farmington, Hampton, Hastings, Inver Grove Heights, Lakeville, Lilydale, Mendota, Mendota Heights, Miesville, New Trier, Northfield, Randolph, Rosemount, South St. Paul, Sunfish Lake, Vermillion and West St. Paul.

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