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Drug Conspiracy — Am I a Co-Conspirator?

Drug Conspiracy Elements A drug conspiracy have two central requirements: two or more persons agreed to commit the crimes of either: (a) drug distribution or (b) drug possession with the intent to distribute;  AND the person knowingly and voluntarily joined the conspiracy intending to help advance or achieve its goal. Agreement In regard to an agreement, the government must prove that there was a mutual understanding between two or more persons to work together in order to achieve their criminal goal (i.e. distributing drugs). Importantly the agreement does not have to be formal or in writing, or even that everyone [...]

2018-05-31T15:53:12+00:00April 27, 2018|Drug Crimes, Federal Drug Conspiracy|

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

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 to achieve excellent results through honest and aggressive representation. Winning your Case This is our primary focus at the beginning of each and every case.  We start by gathering all of the government's evidence against you.  Then, we carefully review each piece of evidence — [...]

Minnesota’s New Drug Sentencing Laws Effective August 1st

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 of the proposed changes visit the Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines Commission website here. 1 - The Severity Level of Most High-Level Drug Offenses Were Lowered First and second degree drug offenses were lowered by one severity level. This is significant because it reduces the presumptive [...]

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

MN Senate Drug Overhaul Proposal

Senate Proposal Seeks Major Drug-Law Overhaul On Friday, May 6, 2016, Sen. Ron Latz, DFL - St. Louis Park gained momentous bipartisan support when the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association, the Minnesota Sheriffs Association and the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association signed off on the final compromise to his proposed-drug-reform package, Senate File 3481. Other institutional supporters already on board include — the Minnesota County Attorneys Association, the Minnesota State Public Defender’s Office, the Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, U.S. Justice Action Network, and the Minneapolis-based Council on Crime and Justice. With this vast support network, this [...]

2016-11-20T19:57:44+00:00May 11, 2016|Drug Crimes|

Minnesota’s Marijuana Laws

Got Marijuana? It’s the State’s Burden to Prove It Under Minnesota law, all offenses involving the sale or possession of Marijuana are FELONY level offense. This is except for a small amount of Marijuana, defined at 42.5 grams or less. The amount of prison time you face depends on the amount of Marijuana sold or in your possession at the time of the offense. The table below illustrates the relevant Minnesota statutes. Possession of Marijuana: (Other) Minn. Stat. § 152.027 Minnesota Penalties: Petty Misdemeanor No incarceration Max. Fine $200 (5th Degree) Minn. Stat. § 152.025 Minnesota Penalties: FELONY 5 [...]

2016-11-20T19:57:44+00:00April 22, 2016|Drug Crimes|

Mandatory Minimum Sentences for Controlled Substance Crimes

Mandatory Minimum Sentences for Controlled Substance Crimes Since, the early 1990’s and in response to the nationwide “War on Drugs” Minnesota has taken a drastic approach in amending the criminal penalties for controlled-substance crimes. This approach has resulted in more strict and harsh penalties for those convicted of these crimes, and also the institution of mandatory minimum sentences. These penalties are much more severe than other states, as well as the national average. See Minnesota in comparison to a sampling of states: *No weapon involved, No criminal history, First time drug offense Minnesota: Prison 7 years Kansas: Prison [...]

2016-11-20T19:57:44+00:00January 19, 2016|Drug Crimes|

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