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Understanding second-degree assault in Minnesota

Assaulting another person in Minnesota is a significant crime that is always taken seriously, regardless of degree. That said, second-degree assault is about as serious as it gets. Though it is only one degree worse than assault in the third degree, which was detailed in a previous post, penalties are decidedly more severe.

The problem with felony sentencing in North Dakota

North Dakota's prisons are filling up with low-level offenders, resulting in crowding and recidivism

Law enforcement agencies and lawmakers in North Dakota are looking for ways to decrease corrections spending and prevent repeat offenses. The key may be taking steps to address the state's prison population, which includes an increasing number of low-level offenders.

Understanding what fifth-degree assault is in Minnesota

An assault in the fifth degree is the lowest level of assault in the state and is defined under the 2015 Minnesota Statutes as a misdemeanor offense. Despite the lower level of the allegation, it's important to remember that all assault charges are serious and could have significant long-term consequences.

Understanding Minnesota’s wireless communication law

People in Grand Forks use a variety of handheld devices to look at websites, send messages and even make phone calls. However, The Office of the Revisor of Statutes states that using devices for electronic messages is illegal while behind the wheel of a car. While the statute does not indicate what the penalty is for a first violation, those who are cited for an additional violation will have to pay fines, including one in the amount of $225. 

Supreme Court, down one Justice, hears search and seizure case

With the recent death of Justice Antonin Scalia, the U.S. Supreme Court is down to just 8 Justices. This could make it difficult for the Court to deliver precedential rulings on important topics, as many Supreme Court Rulings are decided by a single vote. With an even number of Justices, 4-4 ties are now likely.

What every person needs to know about risks of false confessions

If you are among the many fans of the Netflix documentary series "Making a Murderer," the following scenario will be familiar to you. A 16-year-old kid named Brendan Dassey was interrogated by law enforcement as a possible accomplice in an alleged rape and murder in 2005. The primary suspect was his uncle, Steven Avery, whose guilt was anything but clear.

Supreme Court reaffirms important juvenile justice principles

In our post earlier this week, we noted that there are some important and fundamental differences between juveniles and adults, and those differences need to be reflected by the criminal justice system. Because their brains are still developing, teenagers have more difficulty with things like impulse control and predicting the consequences of their actions.

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