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Coronavirus Impact and Assurance: Yes! We are still open for business!

As you are all aware, we are currently facing unique challenges due to the Coronavirus. While this is a serious crisis, it is important to keep it in perspective, and not allow it to prevent us from going about our business. We want to assure all of our clients that this office is prepared to serve your needs, regardless of what happens and how the virus affects Minnesota. In an effort to keep the office safe, we have stepped up prevention and sanitation measures in hopes to prevent disease transmission.

Because we are a paperless office, our entire staff is prepared to work from home if necessary. No matter what happens, we will continue to provide our clients with the highest quality legal services.  So far, not one client or staff member has become infected based on contact at this office and we will continue with safety protocols in an attempt to keep it that way. My office will continue to put the safety of our staff and you as our top priority. We do greatly appreciate your cooperation in conducting business in a safe fashion by utilizing current technology. Regardless of what happens, we will continue to take care of all of your legal needs.

Please rest assured, we will continue to take care of your legal needs in this challenging time, and your safety is our highest priority.

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Innocent people could spend years in prison

| Apr 17, 2019 | Criminal Defense

According to the National Registry of Exonerations, prisoners in Minnesota and throughout the country lost over 1,600 years to wrongful convictions in 2018. That was the highest figure since this statistic was first tracked in 1989. In 2018, there were 151 prisoners who were released after it was determined that they hadn’t committed the crime they were convicted of. Those individuals served an average of 11 years in custody.

In 70 cases, the crime that an individual was convicted of had not even occurred. One man was on death row after being convicted of sexual assault on a 21-month-old child. It was determined that the girl’s injuries were likely sustained in a car accident. In another 17 cases, an individual confessed to a crime that he or she had not committed. Police and other official misconduct was a driving force behind many of the wrongful convictions.

In Chicago, 15 men had their convictions overturned in 2017 after it was discovered that a police officer had planted drugs on those who wouldn’t go along with an extortion plot. In 2018, another 14 people were exonerated after further corruption had been discovered. Questionable witness testimony is another reason why people may be falsely convicted: Two men who had served 45 and 44 years in prison were released last year after they had been sent to prison on the basis of unreliable testimony.

Individuals who are charged with criminal offenses have the right to consult with a criminal defense attorney. Legal counsel may be able to cast doubt on witness testimony or other evidence used at trial. Steps might also be taken to negotiate plea deals that may keep defendants out of jail or prison.