¡No Abras la Puerta a Extraños!

Es la mitad de la noche.  Estás en la cama, tal vez durmiendo, tal vez tratando de dormir.  De repente hay un golpe en la puerta, y los escuchas gritos, "la policía! Abra! la policía! O tal vez hay un golpe regular, constante y alguien preguntando,"¿hay alguien en casa? Hola?" Sorprendido, saltas de la cama, vas a la puerta y abres la puerta.  Tal vez usted habla inglés, tal vez no.  Dos policías uniformados están en la puerta y dicen que hubo un accidente, necesitan ver a su hijo, a su esposo o a su esposa.  ¿qué haces?

La policía no puede simplemente entrar en su casa sin...


Evita Problemas de Inmigración con Multas de Marihuana

  En Minnesota, hay muchos niveles de cargos criminales relacionados con marihuana. La cantidad de marihuana que una persona posee o vende determina el nivel de ofensa. Posesión o venta de 42.5 gramos o más de marihuana puede llevar a cargos por delitos graves. Las consecuencias de los delitos relacionados con marihuana si el delito es grave puede ser de un año y un día hasta 30 años en prisión

             Las ofensas menos serias relacionadas con marihuana incluyen una multa porla posesión de una pequeña cantidad de marihuana o posesión de marihuana en un vehículo. Tanto...


Las Consecuencias de Inmigración por un Cargo de Quinto Grado de Posesion de Sustancias Controladas

Un cargo de sustancias controladas por si mismo probablemente significe que su cliente extranjero llamara la atención de inmigración y Aduanas ("ICE"), y ellos supervisaran el procedimiento.  ICE puede detener a su cliente durante el procedimineto del caso criminal , y solo el cargo le puede causar al cliente perder la capacidad de permanecer en los Estados Unidos.  Un delito de sustancias controladas sujeta a una persona a detención obligatoria de ICE sin posibilidad de fianza, dependiendo de los hechos, e incluso un resultado penal favorable todavía puede desencadenar consecuencias...


Minnesota’s New Revenge Porn Law and Free Speech

On August 1, 2016, a new Minnesota law came into effect criminalizing acts involving what is commonly known as “revenge porn.”  The law is intended to protect people from the actions of jilted partners who post on the internet or otherwise distribute sexual images of their ex’s, often including names and contact information.  Minnesota Statute 617.261, entitled “Nonconsensual Dissemination of Private Sexual Images,” makes it a crime “to intentionally disseminate” a private sexual image of another, identifiable person.  Under this law, the person who disseminated the image...


When a BB Gun Is Not a Gun

In a case published on October 19, 2016, the Minnesota Supreme Court decided an issue long debated in Minnesota Courts: Is a BB gun a firearm under Minnesota Criminal Law. The issue was presented when the State charged Mr. Haywood with violating Minn. Stat. § 609.165, subd.1b, which criminalizes the possession of a firearm by an ineligible person. The Court’s analysis is also relevant to any case in which an individual is charged with possession or use of a firearm when the term “firearm” is not specifically defined by statute.

In the case, State v. Haywood, No. A14-1792, 2016 WL...


New Developments in DWI Law

Birchfield v. North Dakota

For years, lawyers in Minnesota have argued about the validity of the Minnesota Implied Consent Law and the corresponding criminalization of refusal to take a blood, breath, or urine test.  In Minnesota, as in many other states, in order to enforce laws against drunk driving, statute establishes that by applying for a driver’s license, you have impliedly consented to a test if there is probable cause to believe that you have been drinking prior to operating the vehicle.[1]  If you are asked to take a test and you refuse to comply, the refusal results in a more...


When is a Search not a Search? Police Use of GPS in Minnesota

When is a Search not a Search? One way in which the United States protects its people from being subjected to random whims of the State and errant police is by protecting our right to be free from “unreasonable searches and seizures.”  This right is established in the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which states, “[t]he right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and...


Expungement – once a felony, always a felony

In January 2015, a new expungement standard came into effect in Minnesota. The law expanded the types of crimes eligible for expungement.  It also gave courts broader power to seal records of State agencies instead of limiting the court to sealing its records anymore.

As with any new law, there were some gaps that left lawyers and judges with questions. The Minnesota Court of Appeals recently answered one of the big questions: how should the court treat felony convictions later deemed misdemeanors under Minn. Stat. § 609.13, subd. 1(2).  The question was how should the court treat the...


Solicitation of Prostitution – Morality Meets Deportation

Solicitation of Prostitution –  Morality Meets Deportation

The immigration consequences of a conviction for solicitation of a prostitute for several decades was not considered categorically a crime involving moral turpitude (hereinafter “CIMT”), although Wilson Law Group cautioned that it was potentially such a crime.  Recently, the Eighth Circuit issued an opinion in Gomez-Gutierrez v. Lynch definitively categorizing the 2006 version of the Minnesota solicitation of a prostitute statute as a CIMT. No. 14-3374, 2016 WL 362427, at*4 (8th Cir. Jan. 29, 2016).

Gomez-Gutierrez means that...


Crimes Triggering Visa Revocations while Traveling in the US

Wilson Law Group recently became aware of a disturbing new trend relating to non-immigrant visa (NIV) holders.  Those in the United States with student (F), employment-based (H-1B), exchange (J-1) visas, and investor visas (E-2), among others, are affected.  Those NIV holders who, during their stay in the US, are arrested for a minor criminal incident are receiving correspondence from the Department of State, often via email or phone, indicating their visas have been cancelled while they are still traveling in the United States.  The revocation messages indicate a foreign national may...