Monday, March 28, 2011

Arrests Don't Always Mean Convictions

Although riddled with language and concepts that only a lawyer (and/or his mother) could love, this recent opinion from the Minnesota Court of Appeals demonstrates that when the government falls down on the job (and fails to respect your constitutional rights) then - even though you've been arrested and charged - you should not --- and cannot --- be convicted.   

Remember, just because you've been stopped by the police and arrested --- your case does not end there. You have rights. and if the government failed respect them - ie., operate within the confines of the United State's Constitution - then your case should be dismissed.

Never accept defeat. If you have been arrested, you owe it to yourself to speak to an experienced Minnesota Criminal Defense Attorney about your case.  He or she can analyze the government's tactics and schemes and see if they've done their duty properly. If the police have failed to act in such a manner, you owe it to yourself, and to your fellow citizens, to ensure that they don't get away with it.

As a former prosecutor, I understand that if the government is going to hold others accountable - first, they need to account for themselves. Here, the court said the police went too far. Agree or not with the outcome, reasonable people should respect that the greater good was served in this case.

If you have a second today - thank your forefathers for the foresight to provide us with protections against those who've been sworn to protect us - long live the 4th Amendment!

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