Criminal DefenseApril 17, 2023by Leverson Budke
Fighting 5th Degree Drug Possession Charges In Minnesota
In Minnesota, drug possession charges can range from 1st degree to 5th degree, depending on the type and amount of the controlled substance in question. 5th degree drug possession charges are the least severe, but they can still have serious consequences, including fines and potential jail time. In this article, we will provide insights and tips from a legal expert on fighting 5th degree drug...
Criminal DefenseApril 12, 2023by Leverson Budke
Understanding The Basics Of Restraining Orders In Minnesota
Restraining orders are legal tools used to protect individuals from threats, harassment, or violence. In Minnesota, there are different types of restraining orders designed to address various situations, from domestic abuse to stalking. This blog aims to provide a comprehensive overview of the basics of restraining orders in Minnesota, including the types of orders available, the process of...
Criminal DefenseJuly 30, 2019by Leverson Budke
Minnesota Hands-Free Law: New Basis for a Stop
On April 12 of this year, newly-elected Governor Tim Walz signed into law the new Minnesota Hands-Free Law, which broadly prohibits the handheld use of one’s cellular device while driving or operating a motor vehicle. (See https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/ots/hands-free/Pages/default.aspx). The law goes into effect on August 1, 2019 and will remain in effect unless and until the legislature passes...
ExpungementCriminal DefenseMarch 27, 2019by Leverson Budke
Minnesota Expungement Laws – Seal Your Criminal Record
The criminal defense lawyers of Leverson Budke are Minnesota’s leading experts in Minnesota expungement laws. They have extensive experience and can point to many successes, even for very serious convictions. They provide free initial consultations to help you seal your criminal record, and every caller will speak to an attorney on the phone. But what exactly is expungement? What...
Criminal DefenseExpungementNovember 8, 2017by Leverson Budke
Experienced Expungement Attorney MN Residents Can Trust
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ExpungementCriminal DefenseOctober 24, 2017by Leverson Budke
My charges were dismissed; why is it still showing up on a background check?
You were charged with a crime. Your charges were dismissed by jury verdict, court order, or agreement with the prosecutor. So why is your arrest still showing up on a background check? Many Minnesotans are surprised to learn that potential employers can still see that you were charged with a crime even though they were never convicted of a crime. You may have searched your name on the court’s...
Criminal DefenseMinnesota ProbationOctober 10, 2017by Leverson Budke1
Did you fail on probation, or did probation fail you?
If you’ve been convicted of a crime, it’s unlikely that you were immediately shuttled off to prison. It’s more likely that you were placed on probation for a period of time and instructed to comply with certain conditions. Sometimes those conditions aren’t met. After all, life happens. In those circumstances, it’s usually best that you contact your probation officer as soon as you realize...
Criminal DefenseDWI & DUI in MinnesotaApril 12, 2017by Leverson Budke1
Does My Spouse Need Whiskey Plates in Minnesota?
If you’ve been charged with a Minnesota DWI or DUI, the government has likely revoked your driver’s license. If you were charged with a DUI/DWI, and there was at least one aggravating factor, they likely took your license plates as well. Aggravating factors include having a child in the car with you, having an alcohol concentration over .16, and having a prior DUI/DWI offense within the last...
Criminal DefenseExpungementMarch 31, 2017by Leverson Budke2
IMPORTANT EXPUNGEMENT DECISION: A felony is, unfortunately, always a felony.
The Minnesota Supreme Court recently issued a decision impacting thousands of Minnesotans who sought to have a prior felony expunged from their record. In State v. S.A.M., the Court was tasked with determining whether a felony conviction, which was later reduced to a misdemeanor after the defendant successfully completed probation, should be treated as a felony or a misdemeanor for purposes...
Criminal DefenseMarch 29, 2017by Leverson Budke
Stop Talking to Prosecutors Without Your Own Attorney
Every day, hundreds of Minnesotans go to court to deal with a criminal charge. And every day, hundreds of people plead guilty to those criminal charges without once speaking to a defense attorney. If you’ve been charged with a crime, we understand that you probably just want to put it behind you and move on with your life. Unfortunately, there are often lingering consequences of which you may...