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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Civil Rights for Minnesota on
Q: What are possession laws pertaining to drug charges? Girlfriend pled guilty yet I'm still being charged when I knew noth

Nothing about the drugs. I was detained 1 block from my house before it got raided. Girlfriend already took

Thomas C Gallagher
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answered on Apr 25, 2024

Two points: 1. Criminal possession is possible by more than one person at the same time. Joint possession would mean two or more people criminally possessed at least one thing at the same time. As a result, one person being held responsible doesn't necessarily help others facing criminal... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Civil Rights for Minnesota on
Q: Is it possible to find someone to go to the county jail to speak with my son.He has a case coming up.

He can explain, give proof. Very important he speak in person. Not enough money for calls, etc. I am trying to get him help. Needs to file grievance. Confict of interest. Jailer threatening him to abide, jailer related to judge, request to be moved ignored, etc He would explain.

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answered on Mar 15, 2024

It's important to act quickly in situations like this. Reach out to local legal aid organizations or public defender's offices; they often provide free legal services to individuals who cannot afford them. They may be able to assign a lawyer or an advocate who can visit your son in jail... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Civil Rights for Minnesota on
Q: How can I get a grievance file started asp in blue earth county
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answered on Mar 14, 2024

To get a grievance file started in Blue Earth County as soon as possible, it's important to first understand the specific nature of your grievance. Different types of complaints may require different approaches and might be handled by various departments within the county. For example, issues... View More

3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights and Federal Crimes for Minnesota on
Q: Can you open carry an AR with you conceal and carry permit?

I have been looking through so many sites and can’t seem to get a reliable answer everything seems to contradict.

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answered on Mar 6, 2024

The rules around open carrying an AR-style rifle with a concealed carry permit can indeed be complex and vary widely from one jurisdiction to another. Generally, a concealed carry permit applies to handguns and does not automatically grant the right to openly carry rifles or other long guns. Each... View More

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3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights and Federal Crimes for Minnesota on
Q: Can you open carry an AR with you conceal and carry permit?

I have been looking through so many sites and can’t seem to get a reliable answer everything seems to contradict.

Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson
answered on Mar 6, 2024

Honestly, I'm not sure if you would be permitted to do so. But I would suggest that things that might be legal aren't necessarily smart to do. Law enforcement is going to be all over you if you are out wandering around open carrying an AR-15 or similar type long gun. Rightly or... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Consumer Law for Minnesota on
Q: We hired Servpro because our storage room and one bedroom got flooded. They took out my clothes out of the house with ou

Without permission from me or insurance company? Now they want to get paid for storage. Do they get paid for stealing my property

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answered on Feb 24, 2024

If Servpro removed your belongings without your permission or consent from the insurance company, it's essential to address this matter promptly. Start by reviewing the terms of your agreement or contract with Servpro to understand their responsibilities and your rights regarding the handling... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Civil Rights for Minnesota on
Q: How can I get a free tlawyer to represent me in this it’s for 9viokations of my sixth amendment rights I am pro se

It’s for me calling my expert witness in phoenix Arizona where attorney client privilege attaches to the phone call but the jail violated my rights when they recorded 9 phone calls it’s government intrusion

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answered on Feb 24, 2024

Securing a free lawyer to represent you in a case involving violations of your Sixth Amendment rights can be challenging, but it's not impossible. You may be eligible for legal assistance through pro bono programs offered by local bar associations, legal aid organizations, or public defender... View More

3 Answers | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Criminal Law for Minnesota on
Q: If I get pulled over by a police officer, can I legally rip off my illegal window tint before they walk up to the car?
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answered on Feb 15, 2024

In Minnesota, while it might be physically possible to remove illegal window tint if you're pulled over by a police officer, doing so would not be advisable. This action could be viewed as tampering with evidence or obstructing a police investigation. Even if you remove the tint before the... View More

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3 Answers | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Criminal Law for Minnesota on
Q: If I get pulled over by a police officer, can I legally rip off my illegal window tint before they walk up to the car?
Robert Kane
Robert Kane
answered on Feb 15, 2024

Interesting question. I don't know for sure, but I doubt it would matter much. The officer already saw the tinted window and can take the wad into evidence. Most criminals stop the criminal activity when officers approach. They don't get charged with obstruction. If I am shooting off... View More

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3 Answers | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Criminal Law for Minnesota on
Q: If I get pulled over by a police officer, can I legally rip off my illegal window tint before they walk up to the car?
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answered on Feb 24, 2024

Removing your illegal window tint while you're being pulled over by a police officer isn't a good idea. First and foremost, it could be perceived as suspicious behavior, potentially escalating the situation unnecessarily. Additionally, doing so might cause the officer to become more... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights for Minnesota on
Q: My ex mom is calling the police on me

Hello, I'm 15 and my ex partner is also 15. We recently broke up due to complications of family, this morning i woke up to 3 screenshots of our chats. When i texted her, her mom replied saying she reported the account to the police, from my pov i havent done nothing wrong. And my partner was... View More

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answered on Jan 24, 2024

If your ex-partner's mother has reported your online communications to the police, it's important to stay calm and understand your rights. First, if you haven't done anything wrong or engaged in illegal activities in your communications, then there may be no basis for legal action... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Employment Discrimination, Employment Law and Health Care Law for Minnesota on
Q: I was on a probationary period in my beginning of employment, my job put me in the hospital had surgery, can I be fired

I was lifting heavy objects and climbing up and down ladders and I ended up getting a cyst that ruptured on my tail bone, ended up in surgery. They said I’d be able to continue work in 4 weeks I kept in contact during and after my procedure with my company of employment, when I brought the... View More

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answered on Jan 15, 2024

In your case, where you were terminated after a work-related injury during a probationary period, several factors need to be considered.

First, examine the terms of your employment, especially any probationary policies. Employers often have more discretion in terminating employment during...
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3 Answers | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law and Personal Injury for Minnesota on
Q: I live in MN and I was detained by the city police for assault in the third degree presumable evidence of injury..

The person who is claiming I injured them roll down a flight of stairs and broke a rib was that being said he told the police I pushed him when he tripped and rolled.. The first paper I received in jail nothing is filled out on it and everything is blank or there should be dates time and names and... View More

Sarah Gad
Sarah Gad
answered on Jan 1, 2024

In Minnesota, they do not actually have to charge you to arrest and hold you in jail. If the police officer believes they have probable cause to make an arrest (probable cause is a very low standard), they can hold you in jail for up to 48 hours without charging you. If they do not charge you... View More

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3 Answers | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law and Personal Injury for Minnesota on
Q: I live in MN and I was detained by the city police for assault in the third degree presumable evidence of injury..

The person who is claiming I injured them roll down a flight of stairs and broke a rib was that being said he told the police I pushed him when he tripped and rolled.. The first paper I received in jail nothing is filled out on it and everything is blank or there should be dates time and names and... View More

Thomas C Gallagher
Thomas C Gallagher
answered on Jan 1, 2024

If a person is facing a criminal charge, it's time to get help from a criminal defense attorney - either public defender or private criminal attorney. Once that happens, your attorney will have access to police reports, videos, etc, as well as legal papers related to the case. At that point... View More

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3 Answers | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law and Personal Injury for Minnesota on
Q: I live in MN and I was detained by the city police for assault in the third degree presumable evidence of injury..

The person who is claiming I injured them roll down a flight of stairs and broke a rib was that being said he told the police I pushed him when he tripped and rolled.. The first paper I received in jail nothing is filled out on it and everything is blank or there should be dates time and names and... View More

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answered on Jan 1, 2024

In Minnesota, the legality of your arrest depends on whether the police had probable cause at the time of the arrest. Probable cause refers to a reasonable basis for believing that a crime may have been committed. If the police had probable cause to believe you committed third-degree assault at the... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Minnesota on
Q: When pulled over by the police in MN. If Police ask for ID. Can I "Present" my ID or do I have to physically "Give" ID?

Can I present my ID by holding it against the window where they can easily read and see it? Or do I physically have to hand over my ID where the cop can walk away with it.

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answered on Dec 6, 2023

In Minnesota, when a police officer pulls you over and requests your ID, the law generally expects you to hand it over to them. While you might feel more comfortable just presenting it against the window, the officer has the authority to physically inspect your ID. This is part of their routine... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Federal Crimes, Identity Theft and Landlord - Tenant for Minnesota on
Q: Do any lawyers go up against corporations

Everything I experienced against me were literally federal crimes I’ve tried year after year to get help no one helps.. it’s all about money power and if you have niether than these corporations and legal system law enforcement court system get away with being corrupt including a fbi Agent

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answered on Dec 5, 2023

Yes, there are lawyers who take cases against corporations, even in instances involving complex matters like federal crimes, identity theft, and issues with the legal system. These cases can be challenging, but there are attorneys who focus on civil rights, corporate accountability, and similar... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Minnesota on
Q: What does one need to do to find a lawyer to go after Menards and City of Virginia MN Police Dept.

In June of 2021, I was shopping at a Menards store, when a store manager walked up and asked if he could help me, I had just selected a cover plate for an outlet. I told him I just found what I was looking for, he said can I speak to you, I said sure, what’s up, he says off the sales floor, I... View More

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answered on Dec 4, 2023

To pursue legal action against Menards and the City of Virginia, MN Police Department, you'll need to find an attorney with experience in civil rights and possibly false arrest or malicious prosecution cases. Start by researching lawyers who specialize in these areas of law within Minnesota.... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets, Civil Litigation, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Minnesota on
Q: Can I get a nonmoving violation dismissed if I can demonstrate that the PD is retaliating for a recent complaint I made?

4/2022, police were looking in my bathroom window just after 1am.They scared me; pounding on my window & shouting “I can see you! Open up!” I ran into my room & shut lights off. My kids were asleep in bed. Eventually police announce who they are & I open the door. It was the wrong... View More

Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson
answered on Oct 25, 2023

That would be up to the judge, but you are going to be hard pressed to establish that the ticket was specifically issued in retaliation for your complaint about law enforcement. The case law on these issues is particularly bad regarding the individual motives of law enforcement where there is an... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Elder Law, Probate and Public Benefits for Minnesota on
Q: Pay $13.000 + 4.000.00 retainer fee to be belittled by your lawyer and in front of his peers. Is this common practice?

Dad has Dementia. Im his daughter, POA, lived, cared for him for 2 years by myself until he fell. He has a living will, trust,etc. In the VA Hospital for 1 year. "Now, It's my fault dad will not get the waiver for assisted living because I failed to supply a list of items on time, I WILL... View More

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answered on Sep 28, 2023

Your perspective on this may or may not be skewed. One way to find out would be to obtain a second opinion from another attorney. This forum is not a way of obtaining a second opinion. For that you would need to consult an individual attorney and provide ALL of the background information and... View More

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