In July 2020, Minnesota police made several arrests during a task force drug raid in Fillmore County. A 44-year-old woman from another state and a 61-year-old man were charged with various drug crimes, including a charge stating that drug paraphernalia was stored in the presence of a child. In cases where more than one defendant is involved, criminal defense strategies may vary.
The Southeastern Minnesota Violent Crime Enforcement Team says it raided a building this past summer and discovered methamphetamine and cocaine. The man recently pleaded not guilty to numerous counts of drug possession and other charges. The woman had entered a similar plea for the same charges at an earlier time.
At this time, no trial date has been scheduled. It is not uncommon for such cases to take weeks, even months before they are fully adjudicated. Every defendant accused of drug crimes in this state or beyond is guaranteed an opportunity to refute the charges in court.
Minnesota criminal defense often includes attorneys acting on behalf of clients to challenge evidence, request that a specific case be dismissed on grounds of personal rights violations and otherwise acting as a personal advocate for defendants throughout proceedings. Regarding drug crimes, prosecutors must show laboratory proof that a seized substance is indeed the drug they claim it to be. An experienced defense attorney can recognize an opportunity to help a defendant mitigate his or her circumstances by applying various legal strategies to effectively challenge the attempts of prosecutor to secure a conviction.