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Articles by Minnesota Criminal Defense Lawyer Carolyn Agin Schmidt

Refusing to Take a Blood, Urine or Breath Test

What if you refuse to take a blood, urine, or breath test? Here's a look at the legal implications in Minnesota. 

What is Considered a Drug Paraphernalia Crime in Minnesota?

We break down how Minnesota defines drug paraphernalia and the consequences if you're found in possession of it.

Medical Marijuana: What it Means for You, Legal or Not

Medical marijuana is a very controversial topic. Recently, there have been 16 states with pending legislation or ballot measures on medical marijuana: Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. Advocates for medical marijuana state that the drug helps with chronic pain, nausea, vomiting, PTSD, and anxiety. They argue that marijuana can help patients cope with serious diseases and conditions like cancer, AIDS, multiple sclerosis, seizures, and glaucoma. Those who are opposed to medical marijuana say the drug would be harder to regulate. They argue it could be a gateway to other drugs or laws, and say there is not enough evidence to prove the benefits of marijuana. With Colorado generating more than $1.4 million in medical marijuana sales tax and fees in its first month of January 2014, marijuana is catching a lot of states’ attention.

Drug laws becoming severe in MN

What do Breaking Bad, Weeds, and Pineapple Express all have in common? They all center around drugs. The media has tapped into the high risk and drama that surrounds selling drugs for entertainment. The U.S Drug Enforcement Administration predicts the availability of heroin, marijuana, and methamphetamine will rise this year. They also discuss the growth of synthetic designer drugs becoming a huge problem in the U.S. 

What is the Penalty for a First, Second or Third-Degree Felony Possession of a Controlled Substance?

The penalty for possession of a controlled substance often depends on the particular type of controlled substance and how much of the substance was found in your possession.

Things That You Thought Were Illegal But Are Not

Have you ever wanted to own a flamethrower? Tiger? Count cards at the casino? If so, you might be relieved to hear that none of those things are actually illegal. The myths of the law vary, so read this for the facts!

Can The Police Go Through Your Phone?

In the heat of the moment of an encounter with the police, it can be confusing on what your rights are. One very unclear subject is if the police are allowed to go through your phone or phone records. To help identify if your phone is allowed to be searched, read this article. If you are still unsure, call a lawyer to get a free consultation.

Shoplifting FAQ's

Have you been arrested for shoplifting? If so, you are not alone. There are approximately 27 million shoplifters (or 1 in 11 people) in our nation today. More than 10 million people have been caught shoplifting in the last five years. These are some of the most frequently asked questions that they have when they get caught.

How To Get Free Legal Consultation

When you’re in a tough spot, legal advice is probably one of your top priorities. It is crucial to talk to a lawyer to create a plan as quickly as possible so that you can get back to your everyday life. You should get help from professionals with a free lawyer consultation to be sure you are getting advice that will help you do this.

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