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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. For any clients who are not comfortable leaving their homes, we can handle any appointments remotely via phone, FaceTime, Skype, Zoom , and can transfer any documents to you electronically or by mail, if that is your preference.

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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TIME TO CASH IN CASH BAIL.

| Jun 15, 2020 | Firm News

One of the most bizarre ideas in the legal system is the belief that paying money makes someone less dangerous.  In any other system such a concept would be seen, correctly, as unfairly favoring those with money, or with well do do families, and punishing those who do not have access to large amounts of cash.  In the legal system, it is called cash bail, and is used every day in courthouses across the state, and country.  How it works, when someone is charged with a crime, before they are convicted, they may be required to put up cash, or a bond to get out of jail.  Cash bail is more likely to be required in cases where the crime charged is serious, public safety is usually cited as a reason for requiring cash bail to get out of jail.  Why on earth would being able to put up cash make someone less dangerous, less likely to cause harm while they are waiting for trial on their case.  If someone is truly dangerous, they can be required to wear a GPS monitor, or, kept in jail pending trial.  Cash bail serves no purpose other than to pack jails with poor people, often people of color, causing them to lose their jobs, and costing the taxpayers thousands in jail costs.   Getting rid of cash bail will end a grossly unfair system, and save taxpayers in this state alone millions of dollars per year.