Criminal law problem? We can identify the best defense in your case: an outcome goal, map a plan, and execute that plan. Felony or misdemeanor, state or federal court, this is the formula for success that has helped clients of top-rated Minneapolis Defense Lawyer Thomas C. Gallagher for more than 30 years. This website contains information that may be useful to you, about Minnesota criminal law, crimes, defenses, and about Attorney Gallagher.
Do you know your rights? If the innocent truly had nothing to fear, what explains the hundreds of DNA major-crime exonerations to date? Innocence cannot prevent a false allegation. Clearly, we all need education and tools to protect ourselves from police. And that helps avoid a costly criminal record or prison time. So when the… Read More »How to Assert Your Rights: Protect Yourself from Police
State Constitution Can Protect the People’s Rights Better than the U. S. Constitution In criminal law, we have Minnesota constitutional defenses. A state court has greater power to enforce your rights under the state constitution; than under the federal constitution. So the federal constitution protects the minimum basic freedoms — a floor. But state constitutions can assert more legal… Read More »Minnesota Constitutional Defenses
What is a “reasonable person?” And in Minnesota criminal law, what is the “reasonable person standard?” The concept of the “reasonable person” is one of the foundations of Minnesota criminal law. Of course, historically the term was the “reasonable man.” But we can use the gender-neutral term now. Bright line rules vs. reasonable under the… Read More »The reasonable person, in Minnesota criminal law
Once upon a time in Minnesota, an expungement restored a person convicted of a crime to full rights of citizenship. But today, for example, a typical Minnesota Expungement does not restore civil rights to: Firearms, Privacy, or Minnesota Department of Human Services records. So Minnesota expungement is broken. What can we do to fix it?… Read More »Civil Rights, Guns & Marijuana: Why Expungement is Broken in Minnesota
CBD legal status was a grey area. But since July 1, 2019, that grey area has become black letter law. Minnesota’s legislature passed a new law amending the definition of “hemp” to the match the 2018 federal statutes’ definition. The new law, effective July 1, 2019, Minnesota Statutes § 18K.02 “DEFINITIONS,” says: “Subd. 3. “Industrial hemp” means the… Read More »CBD Is Legal Now in Minnesota