Expungement Of Theft Case Granted For Keller Law Offices Client

Lexie Stein of Keller Law Offices received an order today from a judge granting a petition for expungement on a theft case for her client. The Client was charged with theft from 2004 which affected his ability to get a good job. Back in 2004, upon completed a diversion program, the charges were eventually dismissed after the probationary period was completed. However, the theft charge kept appearing on background checks when he applied for jobs and was embarrassing for him. This prohibited him … [Read more...]

Motions For New Trial After A Guilty Verdict

A person convicted after a trial can make a motion for a new trial under Minnesota Rules of Criminal Procedure 26.04. Once the motion is filed the court must have a hearing within 30 days of the guilty verdict. Under the statute the motion for a new trial is based on several factors including: if required in the interests of justice, irregularity in the proceedings of the court, jury or on part of the prosecution, or any order or abuse of discretion, whereby the defendant was deprived of a fair … [Read more...]

What To Know About Sentencing Guidelines In Minnesota

At the time of sentencing, either the defendant plead guilty or was found guilty at trial. The sentencing is when the judge determines what your sentence/outcome will be. Typically whether jail or prison time will served or whether there will be a dispositional or durational departure. At the time of sentencing, a defense attorney should file a sentencing brief outlining the reasons for the departure. A downward dispositional departure means that the judge will consider whether to stay the … [Read more...]

What You Need To Know About Appealing Your Criminal Case

Were you convicted at a jury or bench trial and thinking about appealing your case? There are a number of things that can be appealed. There are also very strict deadlines of filings that need to be filed in order to properly preserve your right to appeal. An appeal means that you want to petition a decision or verdict to a higher court. Typically, a post conviction relief motion is also filed to the district court where the trial was heard. If the petition for post conviction relief is denied, … [Read more...]

Bifurcation of Charges Allowed In Expungement Cases

In 2015 the court of appeals affirmed an expungement case where bifurcation of the charges was granted in one incident where two separate charges arose. What does bifurcation mean? Bifurcation means the point or area at which something divides into two branches or parts. The court of appeals case known as T.J.Z. stemmed from a case where the defendant was pulled over and charged with fifth degree drug possession of a controlled substance and one count of fourth degree driving while impaired … [Read more...]

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