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2 teens charged in Minnesota robberies

Facing criminal charges of any kind can be scary -- facing charges as a teenager is even more so. For two Minnesota teens, charges related to alleged violent robberies could have very different outcomes based on how the court system treats them. Juvenile crime is often handled in a variety of ways and outcomes rely on cooperation between defense attorneys, prosecutors and the court. Understanding legal rights and how to work within the system is essential for protecting the future of any youth accused of a crime.

A 13-year-old boy and a 16-year-old boy are accused of participating in robberies in March. Both are charged with three counts of felony first-degree aggravated robbery. According to the Hennepin County Attorney, prosecutors are moving to try the 16-year-old youth as an adult. He said they recognized that the 13-year-old boy may have been pushed into the robberies by a violent environment, and he stated the system will remove him from that environment in an attempt to help him.

No more DUI immunity for Minnesota lawmakers

In the past, lawmakers in Minnesota literally had a "privileged from arrest" card to carry that could keep them out of jail for things like drunk driving and other crimes. Though court rulings had essentially voided this privilege, there was no law on the books that made it clear that the lawmakers themselves were to be held to the same standards as other Minnesota residents.

That is all changing going forward. A new bill just passed in the House of Representatives with a wide margin of 115 to 13 that takes away their immunity from drunk driving arrests. While some of them argued that precedents were in place to keep the immunity from being abused, the new law would make the change official.

Basketball player arrested in domestic violence case

Criminal charges of any type carry both legal and social consequences, some of which occur even if a person is found not guilty. Domestic violence charges can impact personal relationships, careers and reputations. Dante Cunningham, the forward for the Minnesota Timberwolves, was arrested twice in early April on charges related to domestic violence.

The first charge occurred on Thursday, April 3. Cunningham was arrested for domestic assault; according to reports, it was a felony charge. According to documents, the basketball player's girlfriend said he choked her against a wall for up to 20 seconds. She said the incident occurred during an argument. Authorities said that the woman did not require any medical attention as a result of the alleged incident.

Man allegedly had child porn on his computer in Minnesota

If you've been charged for a child pornography crime, you may not know where to turn. Your first step should be to look into ways to protect your reputation, since these cases tend to be followed by the media. This coverage could impact your future, even if you're found innocent of the crimes. According to a March 28 story, a pastor who had served at a church in Rochester, Minnesota, for seven years has now been charged with promoting child pornography.

The news states that the 35-year-old man had his home searched by the St. Charles County Cyber Crime Task Force in St. Charles, Missouri, as they looked for evidence of child pornography. They claim to have found nine images of young girls in a number of poses where they were exposed. They believe the girls were between 9 and 13 years old.

Attorney asks for separate trial for Minnesota teen

Defense strategies must include thought on every aspect of a case, including whether a case should be tried with a co-defendant. For one Minnesota juvenile, a fair trial may depend on being able to present her case separately from an alleged partner in crime. Her defense attorney has filed a motion for a separate trial that will be reviewed by the court.

The 17-year-old's case related to her alleged participation in the beating of a 63-year-old man. According to allegations, the 17-year-old was involved in the incident with an 18-year-old woman and an unidentified juvenile male.

Minnesota parents hope to make DWI laws tougher

Just the same as many other states throughout the country, many people in Minnesota are facing a charge for driving while intoxicated. In this state alone, one in seven licensed drivers have a DWI on their record. Many of these people have been arrested for driving drunk on more than one occasion. However common charges for drunk driving are, that doesn't mean that the penalties are insignificant. Those convicted of DWI can face possible jail time, fines, probation and a loss of driving privileges. However, if the parents of little boy are successful, the penalties for DWI could become even tougher.

After their son was killed in a drunk driving accident, two Minnesota parents have decided to fight for tougher DWI laws for those who are arrested more than once for the crime.

Minnesota couple accused of welfare fraud

In a time when data security and protecting personal information are utmost priorities for many individuals and businesses, certain allegations can bring heavy civil and criminal consequences. Those accused of white collar crimes or fraud can suffer social and civil consequences, even if they are never convicted in a criminal court, which makes it important to understand all allegations and the options for responding in a variety of situations.

One Minnesota couple has not responded to allegations of welfare fraud, and authorities report that they have not been able to locate the two people. The two may have fled the country. According to reports, the last traceable activity connected to the couple occurred in Sept. 2013. The couple cashed a $120,000 check, requiring the payout in $100 bills.

Minnesota white collar crime case moving forward

When it comes to white collar crime, some people are prone to overlook the seriousness. However, these crimes can be just as serious as some other crimes, both in terms of a victim's financial ruin or the penalties someone convicted of the charges can face.

Many of our Minnesota readers have been staying current with the story of former Bixby Energy Systems Chief Executive Robert Walker. Recently, a federal jury found the man guilty of witness tampering, defrauding investors and tax evasion.

Woman charged with insurance scam in Hennepin County

The ability to communicate on the Internet has provided a number of modern conveniences that many residents of Minnesota likely take for granted now. Internet use isn't always positive, though, and there are a growing number of criminal charges that individuals can face related to online activity. From fraud charges to online harassment, individuals can face the need for a criminal defense for online activity -- sometimes when they didn't realize they were doing anything illegal.

It's unlikely that, if allegations are true, that a woman accused in an insurance policy scam didn't realize what she was doing was wrong. According to reports, the woman is charged with two counts of forgery. The allegations could carry a fine of $40,000 and up to 10 years in prison if the woman is found guilty.

Former Minnesota Viking facing charges in DUI case

Many of our Minnesota readers are big fans of the National Football League, with most cheering for the hometown Minnesota Vikings. While Erin Henderson is no longer playing for the Vikings, fans have not forgotten the hard work he put in on the field.

Henderson has found himself in the news for the wrong reasons this time, as he deals with four misdemeanor charges as a result of a November arrest for driving under the influence.

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