The personal and legal consequences of having a theft conviction on one's record can be devastating, as background checks are typically done by credit bureaus, landlords, colleges and employers. The future of a 31-year-old Minnesota man will be adversely affected if he is convicted on the second-degree burglary charge he is facing after his recent arrest. The fact that he is reportedly on probation for a prior robbery conviction, along with his history of other theft-related crimes, will likely count against him.
Whether you're a gun enthusiast or not, it is safe to say that guns do serve a valuable purpose when used in a responsible way. Unfortunately, the use of guns is often linked to a variety or criminal activities. Minnesota residents who have been charged with a gun crime do have the right to defend themselves in criminal court.
A Minnesota man was recently arrested in Hennepin County in connection with a fatal pedestrian accident that occurred earlier this month. Charges against this individual include DUI, vehicular homicide and failing to remain at the scene of an accident. All of these charges carry stiff penalties under state laws, should they ultimately result in a criminal conviction.
In Minnesota, the drunk driving laws are written so that the harshest penalties are reserved for drivers who are convicted multiple times and whose blood-alcohol content is shown to be especially high. A man who was recently arrested on suspicion of DWI in Anoka is now facing some of those steeper consequences.
An interesting story has come out about how St. Paul works around certain criminal charges to invoke tougher, more punishing charges on people who steal from retail stores. These so-called "outside the box" charges allow police departments and prosecutors to hit people with extensive penalties that, though they may technically be within the confines of the law, they go above and beyond how a person should be punished.