The sentences for the Denny Hecker white collar crime case will be issued next month by a federal judge. Hecker used to be the owner of an auto empire in the Minneapolis metropolitan area until it was discovered that he was defrauding his creditors. Denny Hecker and two other co-defendants have been indicted on charges of fraud that bilked Chrysler Financial out of $80 million. Hecker pled guilty to two charges of fraud last year and faces up to 10 years in federal prison.
A city famously known for its surfing may try to tackle the city’s infamous issue of DUI fatalities by publically shaming those convicted of drinking and driving on Facebook. A councilman in the city of Huntington Beach, California has proposed publically posting the mug shots of individuals who have been arrested for DUI more than once. While the proposal is novel, it has been met with privacy concerns and concerns by the city’s police department that it may disaffect city residents.
On Friday January 14, 2011, criminal defense trial attorney Max A. Keller of Keller Criminal Defense Attorneys won a jury trial victory in Hennepin County. The jury returned a not guilty verdict on the sole count of the complaint in a Violation of an Order for Protection (Violating an OFP) case. The Hennepin County Jury Trial involved forensic computer evidence, cell phone records, alibi witnesses, and impeachment of the key witness for both sides by transcripts of prior testimony under oath.
Over the last few years customers of local pharmacies have had to obtain cold medicine by taking a slip of paper stocked in the medicine aisle to a pharmacist where the over-the-counter drug would be tracked via an electronic tracking system. The purpose of the electronic system was to monitor the buyer’s legal limit of pseudoephedrine, a cold medicine used to make methamphetamine, and to reduce the number of drug crimes associated with the creation of meth.
The sentencing phase of the Tom DeLay trial will begin today. The former congressman from Houston, Texas was convicted on the white collar crime charges of conspiracy to commit money laundering and money laundering on November 24, 2010. The conspiracy and money laundering charges were a part of an illegal plan to direct campaign money from corporations to candidates from Texas running for political office in 2002.
To the possible dismay of criminal defense and constitutional law attorneys across the United States, a California judge ruled Monday that police in the state of California may search an arrested individual’s phone. The ruling allows police to search any data that is kept on an arrested person’s phone. Under the ruling data is considered to include texts, emails, photos, web browsing history, address books or other data stored on the phone. The ruling only affects California law.
What is a criminal defense case for the suspects is a case of a Christmas Eve gone terrible for the victims. A local musician who is a part of a well known local rock band had his Saint Paul home and recording studio broken into over the evening of Christmas Eve. The musician lost $25,000 in electronic gear but more importantly he lost two albums that he had been recording for two different bands.
This year, Keller Criminal Defense Attorneys represented over a hundred clients in cases ranging from petty misdemeanor speeding to felonies carrying a presumptive sentence of 18 years in prison or more, including: misdemeanor DWI, DAR, DAS, Violation of an Order for Protection, Domestic Assault, Gross Misdemeanor Theft, GM DWI, Indecent Exposure, and various felonies including Felony DWI, Felony Theft, First Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct, Third Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct, Possession and Dissemination of Child Pornography, Dissemination of Adult Pornography to a Minor, Felony and Misdemeanor Probation Violations, etc.