Seatbelts Save Lives

My family was recently reminded of the importance of Buckling Up. Above is a photo of my wife’s nephew Aaron’s car. He, his fiancé and their 3 and 1 year old daughters were involved in a single car rollover accident on the icy roads last week. The children were properly belted in their car seats, and the two adults were wearing their seat belts. They all walked away from the accident with little to no injuries. Once again we have a reminder why we all need to “buckle up” when in our cars and strive to make sure our children are also “buckled up!”..

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Expungement Law Update

A bill to reform a number of aspects of the existing expungement laws has been drafted and filed with both the Minnesota House and Senate. On March 5th I sat in on a hearing before the Judiciary Committee of the House on the bill. What’s in the Bill? A summary of the bill describes the bill as “expanding judicial expungement authority over juvenile expungements; requires business screening records to keep their criminal records current; allows for eviction records to be expunged at the time of judgment; expands the scope of statutory expungement in chapters 609A; creates a path to expungement without petitioning the court; amends the factors for a court to consider in granting a statutory expungement ; amends the law governing access to expunged..

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Anoka County Holds Community Forums on Dangers of Heroin

As a criminal lawyer, I have seen first hand the use of drugs and the affects on people’s lives.  In the last year, our team of lawyers has noticed an increase in incidents related to the use of drugs. I read with interest a recent article in the Minneapolis Star Tribune entitled; “Twin Cities heroin, painkiller deaths surged in the first half of 2013.” The article states that the pace of fatal prescription painkiller overdoses has increased as well as an uptick in LSD and meth use. The Criminal Defense Lawyers at BGS have seen a rise in heroin and prescription drug cases that we are hired to defend. Over the years we have seen the rise and fall of..

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Expungement Laws in Review

There is currently a state of Minnesota House/Senate “working group” that is meeting periodically to try come up with modifications to the existing laws on expungement (sealing of criminal records)  in Minnesota. The hope is that they can draft changes to the current law to allow expungements for more criminal matters including juvenile cases. The Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (MACDL) is assisting this “working group” of legislatures along with the Minnesota Council on Crime in Justice in drafting this potential legislation. I am a member of the MACDL legislative subcommittee and will be assisting in this endeavor. I will periodically be blogging on the status of this legislation in the upcoming session of the MN legislature so look for my blogs. I also..

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The Buckle Up Campaign Continues

In this past weekend’s November 30th issue of the Star Tribune, there were two separate articles on motor vehicle accidents. Unfortunately, in each of these accidents, an occupant was killed. The first accident involved an 80 yr old man being killed in a single car rollover accident. He was not wearing a seat belt, and was thrown from his vehicle. It’s interesting to note that since 2004 he had received two separate tickets for failing to wear a seat belt. “St. Paul man thrown from SUV, dies in south-metro rollover” The other accident involved a head on collision. The driver of one of the vehicles was not wearing a seat belt, and he was killed. The driver and occupant of the other..

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