criminal law

November 1, 2023

Is the Odor of Marijuana Insufficient for Probable Cause in Vehicle Searches

By Theodore W. Ramage O’Keeffe O’Brien Lyson In this blog post, I briefly discuss the landmark Minnesota Supreme Court case, State v. Torgerson, which has redefined the parameters for what constitutes probable cause in warrantless vehicle searches involving the odor of marijuana. Minnesota Supreme Court Landmark Ruling: Odor of Marijuana […]
November 2, 2017

Knowingly Damaging a Public Safety Motor Vehicle in Minnesota

On August 1, 2017, several new laws became effective in the state of Minnesota. Some of these new laws relate to cases involving damage to public safety vehicles. It is important for individuals in Minnesota who have been charged with such an offense to understand some of the essential details […]
October 26, 2017

New Minnesota Law Makes Impersonating Military Members a Misdemeanor

The penalties for individuals who impersonate law enforcement officers are now much tougher in the state of Minnesota due to a new law. Groups responsible for gathering statistics have decided the current number of individuals who impersonate military members to be an epidemic. There are several reasons why individuals choose […]
September 19, 2017

Drug Offenders Get a Break Thanks to Legislative Efforts

The 2017 North Dakota legislative session was certainly busy, with the Republican-controlled Legislature sending hundreds of bills to the desk of Governor Doug Burgum. While some of these laws expanded on freedoms already included in constitutional provisions (such as laws making it easier for adults to carry a concealed firearm […]