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Undestanding conditions of probation

If you have been convicted of a federal crime and your sentence included probation in lieu of prison or probation in addition to some time in prison, you will want to understand some of the requirements of probation and the conditions you must meet. Failure to comply with the conditions may result in you being deemed as having violated the terms of your probation.

Criminal liability for aiding and abetting

You may well know someone in Minnesota who has been charged with a criminal offense. But have you also been accused of some type of involvement in that situation even if you did not directly commit a crime or take an illegal action? If so, you are not alone as the state's laws do outline provisions for liability of others in these circumstances. This is often referred to as aiding and abetting a crime.

Former mayor accused of bankruptcy fraud

Minnesota residents in any type of business or situation might find themselves accused of fraud when it comes to a bankruptcy. Although sometimes difficult to prove, these allegations often include the concept that a person who filed for bankruptcy deliberately hid assets from the bankruptcy court. This would be done in theory to prevent losing valuable assets in a bankruptcy and could be alleged in a personal bankruptcy as well as a business bankruptcy.

What is the Lacey Act?

Minnesota residents may have heard of the Department of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and likely understand that this entity governs fish and animals in the country. However, the agency is actually responsible for a lot more that what some may think. Among the many laws that it may enforce is the Lacey Act. Originally put into law in 1900, it has been updated most recently in 2008. Just what does the Lacey Act stipulate, provide or prevent?

Understanding lotteries and bets in Minnesota

Have you ever made a casual bet with friends over a football or card game? Have you ever purchased a lottery ticket? If you have done things like this in Minnesota, you are likely enjoying some innocent fun and not breaking any laws. However, there are forms of gambling that are deemed illegal in the state and understand what can be legal and what can be illegal is important for all residents.

What does Minnesota consider a legal bet?

From a lottery to horse racing to sports games, there are many situations in which Minnesota residents may engage in some sort of betting or chance-taking on making a financial profit. Understanding what is legal and what is not in this realm can be difficult. If the laws are not fully understood, it can be all too easy to cross a line even unintentionally and find oneself facing criminal charges.

What to expect from a criminal defense attorney

Being arrested and charged with a crime can be scary, and the accused will likely be worried about how a conviction will impact his or her future. Having a good defense attorney on one’s side throughout all stages of the process can help protect the rights and liberties of the accused and ensure an outcome that is in his or her best interests. Although each case is different, a criminal defense attorney will follow certain protocols and guidelines when crafting an effective defense strategy.

An overview of money laundering

When it comes to financial crimes, money laundering charges are particularly harsh. For those who live in Minneapolis, or anywhere else in the state of Minnesota, these accusations can lead to a significant amount of time behind bars and stiff fines. According to the Internal Revenue Service, those charged with money laundering may face $500,000 in fines and a prison sentence of up to 20 years.

Bookmaking and other gambling offenses

According to the Office of the Revisor of Statutes, illegal sports bookmaking is a felony. From time behind bars to steep fines, bookmaking and other types of gambling charges may carry harsh consequences for those who live in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and across the country. As a result, it is important for people to recognize these gambling laws and take the appropriate course of action if they are ever facing charges firsthand.

An attorney can protect your rights throughout the legal process

Our state is known for our “Minnesota nice,” so it makes sense that those who are being questioned by police often want to be as helpful as they can throughout the process. Some individuals will try to give as much information as they can in order to help the investigation in any way they can. While these individuals have great intentions in mind, their efforts sometimes work against them.

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