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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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What we should expect

| May 6, 2019 | Uncategorized

Most of the time, the criminal justice system works. People commit crimes, the police investigate, they make a report to the prosecutor, in Minnesota a city attorney or county attorney, the prosecutor files charges if they are guilty of a crime. Part of the job of the prosecutor is to weed out reports that do not add up to a crime, even if the police want a crime charged. The prosecutors independence from law enforcement is one of the checks that protects all of us from being charged with crimes based on a mistake by a police officer, or worse, a police officer wanting to get someone. The vast majority of police officers are hard working, honest, and would not think of accusing someone of a crime unless they think they did the crime.

But, like all occupations, law enforcement has it’s bad apples, officers who abuse their authority. In most departments, those officers are weeded out, and, when they are not, good prosecutors will say no when they bring a bad case. Recently, in Crosby, a city in north central Minnesota, the system broke down. The Crosby Police Department was lead by officers who abused their authority to ask for charges against a local elected official they did not agree with. Instead of taking a close look at the accusations, and weeding them out, the County Attorney filed several serious charges, ones that could have put the individual in prison if he was convicted. Fortunately, three separate juries did not go along with this, returning verdicts of acquittal on 4 of the charges, the others were dismissed. The individual suffered huge financial and personal loses because the County Attorney would not go against the leadership of the Crosby Police, even though it was obvious to anyone who took a close look that the serious charges did not make sense. All of us should expect that our elected County Attorney will protect us from being charged with crimes that we did not commit.