In simplest terms, bail refers to the practice of releasing a suspect from custody before the related hearing on payment of money to the court (which may be refunded if said suspect returns to court for trial). In the United States, bail practices vary by state. Chapter 969 of the Wisconsin State Legislature outlines “Bail…

THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is the primary psychoactive ingredient in cannabis (often referred to as marijuana). It is one of the most commonly used controlled substances in the United States. Some states have recently legalized cannabis to capitalize on its popularity, but Wisconsin is not yet among those states. Therefore, anytime you’re charged with dealing, delivery,…

Assault is a legal term that many have heard countless times, but do you really know what constitutes assault and the consequences that could follow? According to statutes 609.221 – 609.224, assault is defined in the state of Minnesota as “committing an act with the intent to cause fear in another of immediate bodily harm…

We all know that it’s wrong, but what really happens when a cop pulls you over for it? What are your rights? Composing, sending, reading text messages or email, or even using the web on a mobile device while operating a car is considered texting and driving. If a cop in Minnesota pulls you over…

Repka Law is proud to offer representation to those facing civil commitments. A civil commitment is a legal process whereby an “interested person” (usually a hospital) seeks to confine somebody with chemical dependency or a mental illness or against his/her will. This process typically begins when a person ends up hospitalized after exhibiting symptoms of…

Our client in Hennepin County walked away from a DWI charge after we negotiated a blockbuster pre-trial deal. In this case, police arrested our client for DWI. Our client agreed to take a chemical test to measure her blood alcohol concentration (BAC). The result of this test yielded a BAC result of over 0.08. Accordingly,…

Civil commitment cases in Minnesota are public record. Even if your commitment is continued for dismissal or stayed, these records will remain on your record indefinitely. The only way to prevent the public from accessing your civil commitment case is to have it expunged. In 2014, the Minnesota legislature made it easier for people to…

A criminal conviction may have lasting effects on a person’s life. For example, employers routinely conduct background checks before hiring a qualified candidate. Additionally, landlords typically check a potential tenant’s criminal record before offering a lease agreement. A criminal conviction could prevent someone from securing employment or housing—even if the conviction is several years old….

Facing a felony charge is daunting. A felony conviction results in the loss of your right to own or use firearms, the relinquishment of your voting rights, and in some states, the ability to hold public office. In Minnesota, a felony conviction may also automatically require the court to send you to prison. Under the…

“People faced by huge hardships are sometimes forced to steal when hungry to save their lives” (www.psychologytoday.com). Whether you’ve fallen on hard times or found yourself making a huge mistake, when charged with burglary it is important to know the exact definition of the crime. In the States of Minnesota and Wisconsin burglary is defined…

Need to look for a new Minnesota criminal defense attorney for 2017?  Need help with Wisconsin criminal defense?  Need a change in service?  This new year, Repka Law wants to hear from you. We all have our New Year’s Resolutions.  Maybe you’ve been meaning to get that burglary charge expunged or are looking for a…

Whether we are in a bar and under the influence of alcohol, or simply engaging in a conversation surrounding a sensitive topic, emotions can get the best of our better judgment. When those emotions get out of hand and begin to affect those sharing our physical surroundings- legal ramifications can take place. These legal consequences…

The constitution and local law guarantees a number of rights to its citizens, and even though they may be complex, it is imperative that you understand them. When you are charged with a crime you need to know your rights so the situation can be contained. It is very common for citizens to be completely…

A number of attorneys in Minnesota are only licensed to practice in the state of Minnesota, meaning if you, a friend or a family member are charged in Wisconsin you cannot use a lawyer who is only licensed in Minnesota. This can cause a number of problems as the person charged may spend more time…

There are a number of talented criminal defense attorneys in Minnesota and many have years of experience. So, why should you choose Repka? Repka Law was founded on the belief that every person is entitled to his or her in-alienable rights. Rules are not just for the citizens that live within the country’s borders, but…

You’re over thinking—maybe about work, friends, or family—and you begin speeding unknowingly. We all do it. We switch into autopilot and become consumed in our thoughts to pass the drive time. Suddenly, you see that familiar black vehicle tailing your car. Your heart sinks as the bright red and blue lights illuminate in your rearview…

You’re at Happy Hour. You had a long day, and you’re unwinding with a couple of co-workers. Happy Hour ends, and you’re contemplating driving home. You think, “I feel fine – had some food and it’s only a 10-minute drive”. The next 10 minutes changes your life. Now you’re on the side of the highway,…

An encounter with the police force can be a frightening situation. There are a plethora of myths, exaggerations, and fears that surround the law. No matter the situation, Repka Law, located in St. Paul, MN, provides insight into what rights you have. For the next few weeks, we will focus on some of the most…

A Minnesota County Attorney’s Office dismissed its felony Fleeing a Peace Officer in a Motor Vehicle case against my client after we revealed law enforcement’s flimsy investigation. While this is a substantial victory for our client, it represents a terrifying pitfall in the criminal justice system. A sheriff’s deputy was on routine patrol when he…

In a decision posted by the Clerk of Appellate Courts last week, the Minnesota Court of Appeals overturned one of my client’s DWI convictions. With about a 4% national success rate for criminal appeals nationwide (According to CBS Minnesota), we are thrilled about this victory. In 2014, the State charged my client with two counts…

A Minnesota resident returned home today after a judge vacated an unfounded harassment retraining order requested by my client’s significant other. In its oral ruling, the court warned the significant other against using a harassment retraining order as a way to circumvent the family court process. According to Minnesota law, a petitioner may request the…

For those of you who read my posts or know me well, the following statement shouldn’t surprise you: I am very passionate about protecting peoples’ constitutional rights. These rights guarantee specific protections from the government. We know this, because the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution’s Bill of Rights explains: The Conventions of a number of…

A southern Minnesota county bowed out and dismissed its fourth degree drug case after we filed a motion in district court accusing the state of violating double jeopardy. Earlier this year, two neighboring southern Minnesota counties charged my client with “Controlled Substance Crime in the Fourth Degree” based on a single criminal investigation. In a…

Diligent investigation and aggressive representation led a northern Minnesota county attorney’s office to dismiss its burglary case against my client. In 2014, the State charged my client with burglary in the second degree after he allegedly entered his ex-girlfriend’s house without her permission. She called law enforcement and reported that my client forced entry through…

A judge in St. Croix County, Wisconsin granted our motion to suppress all evidence in a felony drug case. The State must now determine whether it’s worth their resources to continue prosecuting a case without evidence. The case started when law enforcement surveilled my client throughout Western Wisconsin, into Eastern Minnesota, and back into Western…

We recently learned the Minnesota Court of Appeals affirmed an expungement order sealing all records related to my client’s controlled substance charge. Barring an appeal to the Minnesota Supreme Court, this caps what seemed like a yearlong roller coaster journey. In March of 2014, a Minnesota district court granted my client’s expungement request pursuant to…

On January 1, 2015, Minnesota’s new expungement law takes effect. This is an exciting change. People with a criminal record have a better chance of erasing it and securing better jobs and housing. An expungement is a court order sealing criminal records and prohibiting the disclosure of their existence or their opening except under court…

Repka Law secured the dismissal of domestic assault charges last Thursday in Anoka County. The State charged my client with domestic assault in early September for an incident that occurred with her boyfriend. Specifically, the client and her boyfriend started arguing. The argument escalated when the client feared for her safety and acted in self-defense….