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 is Spreigl Evidence? In short, Spreigl Evidence is evidence of other crimes or bad acts, other than those related to the current case. Rule 404 generally states that evidence of a defendant's prior crimes or bad acts cannot be used to suggest that he/she [...]
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