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Is marijuana legal in Minnesota?

For the time being, marijuana possession and consumption is only legal in Minnesota for those who qualify for a medical marijuana exception. 2018's legislative season may see expansions of these exceptions, or could possibly see some form of decriminalization or broad legalization, but current law still gives police plenty of authority to issue criminal charges for drug possession.

What is overcharging?

If you are facing several criminal charges in Minneapolis, one of the first things that might come to mind is overcharging. You might not be familiar with the term. But it describes an overzealous tactic that some law enforcement agencies and prosecutions in Minneapolis and across the country use to ensure a conviction. According to The Atlantic, criminal “defendants are more likely to plead guilty when they are faced with multiple overlapping charges.” Keep in mind it does not happen everywhere. There are many factors that lead to overcharging. 

What is double jeopardy?

Double jeopardy is something mentioned a lot on television shows, and there even was a movie made about it. However, its prevalence in Minnesota courtrooms is not usually as dramatic. To really understand this legal concept, you have to first learn what it means and how it is applied within the law. 

Prevalence of bankruptcy fraud charges

Minnesota residents who have filed for bankruptcy need to understand many things about this type of action. One thing they should be aware of is what might lead to an accusation of bankruptcy fraud. The United States Department of Justice explains that if a person is suspected of using a bankruptcy as a way of concealing other fraudulent activity, that might contribute to allegations of bankruptcy fraud. Similarly, any falsification of information during a bankruptcy proceeding may be connected to these types of allegations.

Marijuana in Minnesota: Partially decriminalized, still illegal

Many states around the country have taken steps to decriminalize marijuana. Minnesota has followed suit, but only to a small degree. The state does have a medical marijuana law, which has been in place since 2014. Anything other than medical marijuana is still considered a criminal matter.

Sports betting subject of new case

Many people in Minnesota are avid fans of professional or collegiate sports and many may even find the occasional bet on a game, meet or other event fun. While certainly this form of gambling can be enjoyable it may also prove lucrative depending on the amount of money a person bets. However, when it comes to betting on sports, this is currently not legally allowed in Minnesota but a case before the U.S. Supreme Court now may well change that.

Minnesota’s new deer-hunting regulations for the 2017 season

Minnesota takes protecting its wildlife seriously, and if you fail to follow the state’s deer hunting regulations this fall, you may face serious fines, license revocations and other penalties that may prevent you from enjoying the activities you love. Joseph F. Friedberg Chartered is well-versed in the state and federal regulations governing hunting, trapping and fishing in Minnesota, and he has helped many clients navigate through complex legal issues relating to hunting, fishing and wildlife protection.

Alleged identity theft charges made

Anyone in Minnesota who has ever found themselves accused of a criminal offense knows that an accusation is simply that and does not guarantee that they are guilty or that they will be found guilty. This may be difficult to keep in mind when in the midst of the arrest process but is something important nonetheless. An example of someone who will want o be working hard to focus on his defense options has recently been arrested for alleged white collar crimes in Connecticut. He also is reported to have connections to a purported tax fraud scheme in Minnesota.

What acts are considered environmental crimes?

In Minnesota and across the nation, crimes against the environment are becoming a huge hot button issue. The penalty for those convicted of environmental crimes can also be quite steep. This is why having Joseph S. Friedberg on your team can be a huge asset if you're facing charges related to these crimes.

Understanding health care fraud allegations

When a resident in Minnesota is accused of a serious crime like fraud, it is important to understand what may have led to such an allegation. In many situations, the line between normal business practices and potentially fraudulent activity can be very blurry and very thin. This may make it all too easy for someone to be accused of impropriety because things may look illegal but in reality no wrongdoing occurred. When it comes to health care fraud, there are specific things that are looked for to identify potential illegal actions.

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