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Apr 04/03/2020

Minnesota Sees Uptick in Domestic Assault Related Calls After “Stay at Home” Ordered

2020-06-28T21:26:31+00:00April 3, 2020|Assault Charges, Criminal Defense|

Fox 9:  During the First "Stay at Home" Weekend - Two-Thirds of Police Calls Were Domestic Assault Related Earlier this week, Fox 9 News reported that, according to Governor Walz, two-thirds of all police calls over the first weekend of the "stay at home" order were for domestic assault or domestic-violence related incidents.  Fox 9 [...]

Sep 09/19/2019

Understanding Minnesota’s Enhanceable Offenses

2020-05-19T20:15:21+00:00September 19, 2019|Criminal Defense|

Minnesota Offense Levels In order to understand how enhanceable offenses operate, you must first understand the levels of criminal offenses in Minnesota.  There are four: PETTY MISDEMEANOR MISDEMEANOR GROSS MISDEMEANOR FELONY Not considered a "crime" Maximum punishment:  $300 Fine Maximum punishment:  $1,000 Fine and/or 90 days jail Maximum Punishment:  $3,000 Fine and/or up to [...]

Feb 02/08/2019

Minneapolis Bus Driver Shooting: Shooter Claims Self Defense. What Does That Mean?!?

2019-02-08T21:44:22+00:00February 8, 2019|Criminal Defense|

Backstory: According to Local News Reports Earlier this week a motorist, identified as Kenneth Lily, collided with a school bus as it merged onto the freeway in Minneapolis.  Lily pulled off to the shoulder and the school bus pulled in behind his vehicle.  Lily then exits his vehicle and confronts the bus driver, purportedly [...]

Jul 07/20/2018

Spreigl Evidence: The Basics

2018-07-23T17:03:53+00:00July 20, 2018|Criminal Defense, FAQ|

So you're charged with a crime and are gearing up for a jury trial.  Do you have a criminal past? Did you know that the government may be able to use evidence of your criminal past against you?  In Minnesota this is commonly referred to as Spreigl Evidence, found under Minnesota Rule of Evidence 404. What [...]

Nov 11/03/2017

Deer Hunting Opener Is Right Around the Corner, Are You Prohibited From Possessing A Firearm?

2018-05-25T22:18:49+00:00November 3, 2017|Criminal Defense, Gun Rights|

Is your current or past criminal offense affecting your ability to get into the deer stand this year? ***Notice: This article is not intended to be legal advice.  Every criminal case has its own set of unique circumstances. If you have questions about your specific case contact your attorney.  If you do not have an [...]

Oct 10/04/2017

Sieben & Cotter Criminal Defense: We Get the Job Done!

2018-05-25T22:18:49+00:00October 4, 2017|Assault Charges, Criminal Defense, Criminal Sexual Conduct, Drug Crimes, Sex Crimes|

What level of service can you expect from us as your criminal defense attorneys? First and foremost, WE GET THE JOB DONE!  Practically speaking that could mean winning your case outright (i.e. acquittal or dismissal of charges) or securing the best possible outcome for you.  As a criminal defense law firm our mission is [...]

Aug 08/11/2017

Patrick Cotter Recertified as Criminal Law Specialist

2018-05-25T22:18:49+00:00August 11, 2017|Criminal Defense, Patrick Cotter|

The Minnesota State Bar Association announces the recertification of Patrick L. Cotter, Sieben & Cotter, PLLC, as a Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA) Certified Criminal Law Specialist.  This Certification program is administered by the MSBA and approved by the State Board of Legal Certification. The certified specialist designation is earned by leading attorneys [...]

Dec 12/06/2016

What is the “Plain View” Exception and How Does It Apply In Minnesota?

2016-12-06T19:58:18+00:00December 6, 2016|Criminal Defense, Federal Crimes Defense|

Plain View Exception to the Fourth Amendment: A General Discussion Generally, the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution and Article I, Section 10 of the Minnesota Constitution require police to attain probable cause and a warrant before a search of property or seizure of a person will be deemed reasonable and legal. A search or [...]

Oct 10/31/2016

Minnesota Supreme Court: BB Gun Not a “Firearm”

2016-11-20T19:57:43+00:00October 31, 2016|Criminal Defense, Gun Rights|

Can a Felon Possess a BB Gun Under Minnesota Statute § 609.165? On October 19, 2016, the Minnesota Supreme Court addressed the question: "whether an air-powered BB gun is a 'firearm' under the felon-in-possession statute, Minn. Stat. § 609.165 (2014)." The statute makes it a crime for a person with a prior felony conviction to possess a [...]

Oct 10/04/2016

Pre-Conviction DNA Testing—Is it Legal?

2016-11-20T19:57:43+00:00October 4, 2016|Criminal Defense|

Pre-Conviction DNA Testing On October 13th, the Minnesota Supreme Court will review State v. Emerson where the Dakota County district court prevented a sheriff from collecting a DNA sample from a person charged with second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon where the trial resulted in a hung jury and he was not convicted of the crime. The [...]

Aug 08/29/2016

Blood-Draw Search Warrant Requirements

2016-11-20T19:57:43+00:00August 29, 2016|Criminal Defense, DWI, Vehicular Crimes|

What Evidence Can Authorities Search Your Blood For in the Context of Criminal Vehicular Operation? A recent Minnesota Supreme Court decision, State v. Fawcett, No. A15-0938, (Minn. Aug. 24, 2016), held that probable cause supported the search of Defendant’s blood and the search permitted testing for both alcohol and controlled substances. To fully understand the impact [...]

Aug 08/05/2016

Minnesota’s New Drug Sentencing Laws Effective August 1st

2019-09-26T21:43:58+00:00August 5, 2016|Criminal Defense, Drug Crimes|

After a long battle in the legislature, many sentencing guidelines are being reduced for first and second degree possession offenses, while reserving the more severe punishment for high-level drug dealers, or violent offenders. The following is a brief overview of the changes that took effect on August 1st. To view a complete overview [...]

Jul 07/29/2016

Top Reasons to Hire a Criminal Defense Attorney

2016-07-29T18:17:21+00:00July 29, 2016|Criminal Defense, Federal Crimes Defense|

Top Reasons to Hire a Criminal Defense Attorney We know the law and the legal process A criminal defense attorney has spent years studying the law, and is intimately familiar with the criminal-law landscape. In every criminal case, there are mountains of court documents, deadlines, and precise legal procedures. Sorting through and tracking these are time-consuming and difficult [...]

Jul 07/20/2016

Acquittals, Convictions and Everything In Between

2016-11-20T19:57:43+00:00July 20, 2016|Criminal Defense, Expungements, Gun Rights|

Acquittals, Convictions and Everything In Between: Understand What the Disposition of Your Case Means for You Understanding the outcome of your case is very important because of the lasting impacts that it can have on your life.  Below we will discuss the terminology associated with the various case dispositions, as well as, the consequences that they [...]

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