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3 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Minnesota on
Q: Could a prosecutor amend a speeding ticket that was reduced, if I contest it?

I was stopped by a state trooper for speeding and was issued a ticket for 9 mile over the limit, noting that the trooper claimed I was going faster.. I have a clean driving record and do not want a conviction. I am unemployed due to COVID and cannot afford a lawyer. If I contest this hoping to get... Read more »

William Bailey
William Bailey answered on Aug 10, 2020

I have not seen a prosecutor amend a ticket in this manner due to a hearing being scheduled. However, I would be prepared for the prosecutor to amend if you proceed to trial on the matter.

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3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Minnesota on
Q: If a drug dealer is arrested is it for an individual who bought drugs from that person be charged in a "conspiracy"

And If the investigating officer makes the decision to frame it in that manner, what legal requirements need to be met for the user to be alleged to be part of the conspiracy?

William Bailey
William Bailey answered on Aug 10, 2020

Generally, more than a simple buyer-seller relationship is needed to establish a conspiracy. If you are facing a drug conspiracy charge, or any other drug charge, you need an attorney ASAP.

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3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Minnesota on
Q: Is there a law against throwing lit fireworks at someone?

Hello. A law enforcement officer told me that there is no law against throwing lit fireworks at someone or at their moving car. This, after running at them to do so. Is it legal to light fireworks and throw them at people and at cars in the State of Minnesota? If not, what specific law addresses... Read more »

William Bailey
William Bailey answered on Aug 10, 2020

I don't think there is a specific law designated at that conduct. However, it could be assault, disorderly conduct, criminal damage to property, and possibly others depending on the exact circumstances.

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2 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law for Minnesota on
Q: My biological father was a LPR who was deported. I am a US citizen and was adopted. Can I sponsor him back to the US?

My biological father was a LPR, he was arrested in 1983 shortly after I was born. I was adopted. He was released from prison and deported back to the Dominican Republic in 1997. He is aware he will have to apply for readmission and fill out other paperwork.

Can I sponsor him or my... Read more »

William Bailey
William Bailey answered on Aug 10, 2020

You should be able to sponsor him as a relative, but there may be additional hurdles to clear due to the deportation. It would be wise to consult privately with an Immigration attorney.

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3 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Minnesota on
Q: I was pulled over for speeding .then he proceed to give me poss of pot in motor vehicle ticket ?never gave speedticket

because his probable cause was speed he never gave me ticket for speeding?does that make his other tickets against me n case illegal in court?

William Bailey
William Bailey answered on Jul 13, 2020

Unfortunately, no. The officer may use your speed to provide a reason to stop you and ultimately decide not to cite you for it. His decision not to cite you for your speed does not invalidate the marijuana possession ticket.

You will want to have the assistance of an attorney in fighting...
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3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Civil Rights for Minnesota on
Q: Can my daughter be held in Nobels county jail for 11 months without a trial because of the virus

My daughter was arrested for transporting meth from SD in December 2019. Her court date was set for March because of the virus the trial was reset for July 28, my daughter just now received a letter moving her trial until November can they do this she will be in Jail for a year before she is... Read more »

William Bailey
William Bailey answered on Jul 8, 2020

Has she demanded a speedy trial? If not, they won't really worry about when she gets a trial. If she has, they will have to try to move things along. Certainly something she should be discussing with her lawyer. If she doesn't have a lawyer, that's not helping her any.

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3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Minnesota on
Q: What do you do if your public defender is not doing his job? Do I have any options.

I am being charged with a first degree burglary crime. I was offered a plea agreement which would reduce the sentence to a second degree. I am from Minnesota and there are circumstances and information that has not been considered in this case. I believe that if the judge were aware of the... Read more »

William Bailey
William Bailey answered on Jun 22, 2020

You can always hire a private attorney.

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3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Minnesota on
Q: I was bringing a friend to Wal-Mart..and I guess she had a warrent or something...now I have obstruct legal process

Lawful execution legal process..how is this even possible?

William Bailey
William Bailey answered on May 14, 2020

Tough to say based on the limited info provided. You should consult with a lawyer privately.

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3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Minnesota on
Q: Arrested released moved to florida during virus i was needed at home What happens to case
William Bailey
William Bailey answered on May 8, 2020

That depends on whether there has been a hearing. Many cases have been put on hold so you may not have missed anything. However, if you have missed a hearing, there is likely a warrant out for your arrest. It would be wise to have an attorney in MN retained to assist you with this to ensure you... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Minnesota on
Q: Speeding ticket (69-60 zone). I would like to get a CFD, how do I approach the PA?

I was stopped by a MN state trooper for speeding (69mph in a 60 zone, noting that the Trooper reduced it from 74). From the point that I turned onto this road to where I was pulled over, there were no speed limit signs (I have a dashcam). I have a clean driving record and the vehicle has Ambulance... Read more »

William Bailey
William Bailey answered on May 8, 2020

Your best bet is to contact a lawyer directly and have a consultation. I don't recommend trying to handle your case based on things you read on the internet. If your goal is to keep your record clean, hiring a lawyer will give you the best chance to do that.

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3 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Minnesota on
Q: I got a speeding ticket this evening, on the ticket it says that I was doing 70 in a 75 zone

As well as it said I was 5’ 51” tall my question is do I have to pay the ticket since he said I was not speeding?

William Bailey
William Bailey answered on Apr 20, 2020

This is likely a typo. It would be unwise to ignore this. You should have an attorney monitor this and see if it can be dismissed.

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3 Answers | Asked in Collections and Traffic Tickets for Minnesota on
Q: Should I pay for a 16y old speeding ticket from another state? Pay the state or collection agency?

I recently received this speeding ticket apparently in 2004. I don't understand, why I just got it now? The address I currently live wasn't on my drivers license then. I currently live in a different state from the issued ticket. I'm confused as in what I should do.

William Bailey
William Bailey answered on Mar 2, 2020

It is unclear what state the ticket is from. You will want to contact an attorney in that state.

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3 Answers | Asked in Domestic Violence for Minnesota on
Q: My friend lied to the police about a domestic assault and is turning herself in for it. What will happen to her?

Also will the assault case be dropped?

William Bailey
William Bailey answered on Mar 1, 2020

She could be charged with a crime. There is no guarantee the other case would be dropped. Your friend really should have a lawyer involved.

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3 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Minnesota on
Q: How long does it take to get a ticket in the mail if one is issued?

I stopped appropriately behind a school bus, and when that one went, I went too. There was a second bus stopped at the corner, let the first bus by, and then put the stop sign out AS I was passing it and started honking at me. He did not put out the stop arm until I was right next to him. And he... Read more »

William Bailey
William Bailey answered on Feb 20, 2020

It all depends on the officer handling it.

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3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Sexual Harassment for Minnesota on
Q: can a 16-year old press charges against an 18-year-old for harassment and hate crimes?

I am a 16-year old highschooler, and a certain student has been constantly harassing students, physically, verbally, and mostly sexaully.

there have been attempts to tell the school administration, but the school has a reputation for letting special-needs students get away with anything,... Read more »

William Bailey
William Bailey answered on Feb 19, 2020

You can make a report to the police but there is no guarantee they are going to pursue the matter.

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3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Minnesota on
Q: if you didnt get the right to face your accuser in trial is that a violation of any kind in federal court

i already had the appeal process,done,and no longer have an appeal procees to go through,thats why i asked yous

William Bailey
William Bailey answered on Feb 16, 2020

Without knowing more it’s hard to address your question. Generally there is a right to confrontation.

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3 Answers | Asked in Constitutional Law, Domestic Violence, Federal Crimes and Native American Law for Minnesota on
Q: i was recently convicted of assaualt resulting in serious bodily injury in which there was,no statement by the vicvictim

pertaining i was the one that assaulted her and nor did she show to testifie in trial,in which i was still found guilty

William Bailey
William Bailey answered on Feb 15, 2020

There isn’t a question posted here. What is your question?

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3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Minnesota on
Q: My bf has a public defender and is locked up facing some very serious charges. The pd is not doing what we need.

We really need to retain an attorney for my boyfriend in Minnesota. His family is in Florida and I am in Alabama. I'm willing to retain the attorney but however I have no idea what the average cost is for a criminal defense attorney because none of us have ever dealt with this. Could you... Read more »

William Bailey
William Bailey answered on Feb 12, 2020

It is going to be impossible to even ball park a fee because I don’t know the charge, the criminal history, or the stage of the case.

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3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Minnesota on
Q: My 16 year old was charged with 3rd degree assault. No priors she is a good kid. What do I need to do??

She recently had a fight after school with a another girl. After the altercation the police interviewed several witnesses and said they will be charging. How can I protect her? What are her legal rights as a 16 year old.

William Bailey
William Bailey answered on Feb 11, 2020

This is a serious felony offense. The best thing you can do for your daughter is help her retain an attorney. An attorney will be able to ensure her rights are protected and may even be able to keep this from resulting in a conviction.

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2 Answers | Asked in Domestic Violence for Minnesota on
Q: if i was woke up to my girlfriend yelling and throwing stuff

was woken to girlfriend yelling throwing my stuff. jumped up and grabed the back of her neck to retrive my phone before she threw it. then right away went and got dressed to leave as she called police. what can i do?

William Bailey
William Bailey answered on Feb 10, 2020

The smart move would be to get a lawyer retained. Crimes of domestic violence require an arrest, but a lawyer may be able to help make that process easier. In addition, crimes of domestic violence carry many collateral consequences you will want to try to avoid.

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