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Cases Carson Has Appealed

Carson has appealed over 60 cases in the State of Minnesota. The following is a sampling of those cases:

State v M.L.

Carson’s client was charged with drug offenses after a DNR officer entered his ice fishing house without consent and without a search warrant. The District Court ruled in favor of Carson’s client and dismissed all charges. The State appealed to the Minnesota Court of Appeals, which affirmed the District Court ruling. The State then appealed to the Minnesota Supreme Court, which also affirmed the District Court ruling. Carson’s client was exonerated in all respects.

State v. L.M.

Carson’s client was charged with Gross Misdemeanor DUI. The District Court required that he post $12,000 bail (maximum bail) and undergo alcohol testing before he could be released from custody. Because the Minnesota Rules of Criminal Procedure dictate that a person has a right to post maximum bail without other conditions, the decision was appealed. After an expedited appeal, the Court of Appeals ruled that in EVERY misdemeanor or gross misdemeanor case, a defendant has the right to post bail without any other conditions.

State v. A.H.

Carson’s client was charged with felony DWI. The District Court ordered an excessively high bail, along with the condition that he not use or possess alcohol. Carson appealed, arguing that a defendant with a felony charge has the right to post bail without any other conditions. The Court of Appeals agreed, ruling that in EVERY case in the State of Minnesota, whether a misdemeanor, gross misdemeanor or felony, a defendant has the right to post bail without any other conditions.

State v. C.L.

Carson’s client was a passenger in an automobile that was stopped pursuant to a drug investigation. Despite doing nothing wrong, Carson’s client was searched simply for being in the vehicle. The District Court ruled that an officer can search anyone who is in proximity to an accused under the so-called “automatic companion” rule. Carson appealed to the Minnesota Court of Appeals, which affirmed the District Court ruling. Carson appealed to the Supreme Court, which accepted review. After oral argument, the Supreme Court rejected the “automatic companion” rule.

Contact Carson Heefner Today

Carson Heefner has had a lot of success appealing cases in Minnesota. If you or a loved one needs an appeal handled by an experienced defense attorney, call Carson Heefner today at 612-202-8971 to request a free consultation.