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The Legality of Marijuana Is in a State of Flux in Minnesota

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The Legality of Marijuana Is in a State of Flux in Minnesota

Marijuana laws in Minnesota are a mixed bag. The state legalized medical marijuana in 2008. Various Minnesota cities, including Jackson, Ferndale and Lansing, have voted to end local penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana by adults on private property. Meanwhile, possession of marijuana for recreational use is still a crime under both state… Read More »

Hope for the Innocent in Prison

In October 1996, an assailant broke into the home of a 68-year-old widow, Geraldine Montgomery, in rural Kalkaska, Minnesota. She was beaten and raped, then placed in the trunk of her car with the engine running, and left to die of asphyxiation.  The perpetrator wiped away all fingerprints, but two semen samples were found on… Read More »

Your Right to Remain Silent Is Not What It Used to Be

The U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark 1966 decision in Miranda v. Arizona held that police cannot interrogate suspects who are in custody without first advising them that they have the right to remain silent. That constitutional protection has been eroded by the Court’s June 2013 decision in Salinas v. Texas. When your silence incriminates you In… Read More »

Shoplifting Can Now Land You in Prison

In March, the Minnesota Legislature upgraded some types of shoplifting from misdemeanors to felonies punishable by five years’ imprisonment. The new Organized Retail Crime Act is aimed at professional thieves who steal from stores and then sell the stolen goods.   What makes shoplifting a felony instead of a misdemeanor?  The difference between felony and misdemeanor… Read More »

Announcing the Launch of Our Blog

Welcome to the blog of Jeff T. Ohara, Attorney at Law, PC. Our Minneapollis, Minnesota office handles cases involving criminal defense. Our attorney has more than 20 years of experience representing Minnesota clients who have been accused of crime. Through this blog, our goal is to educate, inform and share important news and insights… Read More »