If you live in Minnesota and currently have a criminal record, you may find that it affects multiple areas of your life. Depending on what appears on your criminal record, it may affect your ability to get a job, obtain a loan, secure a professional license, get into college and so on. At Joseph S. Friedberg Chartered, we understand the many ways in which a criminal record can impact your life, and we have helped many people across the state who have criminal records put the past behind them and plan for their futures.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
If you have been convicted of a criminal offense in Minnesota, you may be eligible for probation or supervised release sometimes in lieu of spending time in prison. If this is the case, you will want to know that there are very clear parameters associated with such programs. In order to remain eligible for these options, you will need to follow all of the conditions set forth by the judge.