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Annual Holiday Party

We mixed things up this year at the annual Bird, Jacobsen & Stevens holiday party. Rather than exchanging gifts with one another, we pooled money to be donated to two charities. The charities were selected by our staff. We are proud to donate $285 to Women's Minnesota Teen Challenge and $250 to Season's Hospice. Happy holidays!

Breaking Down the Sentencing Phase of a Minnesota Criminal Case

In Minnesota, if you plead guilty or are found guilty of a criminal offense, you will have a sentencing hearing where a judge will impose consequences as a result of your criminal behavior. There are a lot of confusing terms that are thrown around during the sentencing phase of criminal case. This blog attempts to break down these terms.

Civil Forfeiture Laws Remain Controversial in Minnesota

Minnesota law allows law enforcement agencies to seize property in a wide range of alleged criminal investigations. That may seem obvious, as property is often evidence that prosecutors intend to use to pursue a conviction. However, there is another side to some seizures. Each year, law enforcement agencies and prosecutors seize cars, cash, computer equipment and other assets under Minnesota asset forfeiture laws.

These procedures have been controversial, and lawmakers have taken several stabs at reforming the state's civil asset forfeiture statutes since 2010. The largest friction point is that the proceeds from any civil asset forfeiture procedure are split between the state government and local agencies. Local police and the county attorney's office, each get a share of the proceeds. However, civil forfeitures have remained fairly steady since 2010.

Rochester Man Acquitted of Rape Charges

On Friday, an Olmsted County jury acquitted Rochester resident Oddie Oker of rape and burglary charges. The State of Minnesota accused Oker of breaking into an acquaintance's residence and committing a brutal sexual assault.

Client Sees the Return of Forfeited Motorcycle

As discussed in a recent blog, certain criminal activity carries with it collateral consequences. A DWI will result in your license being revoked. Certain sex offenses may require registration as a sex offender. Certain felonies and crimes of violence will result in a loss of firearm privileges. Some criminal activity will also result in the forfeiture of property.

The Slowly Developing work Injury Related To Repetitive Strains

Not all work-related injuries are linked to a single distinct event, such as an accident. The daily grind of many jobs may lead to a cumulative stress injury that can be debilitating. Many people may have heard of carpal tunnel syndrome, a common repetitive strain injury in today's workforce. However, repetitive stress injuries can affect many areas of the neck, back, shoulders and limbs.

Cumulative strains are the leading cause of injury in the workforce, according to the Department of Labor. What is more profound is that government officials say that workers who suffer from repetitive motion injuries may miss more work due to the injury than other types of workplace injuries. 

A Criminal Conviction May Result in a Loss of Firearm Privileges

Some criminal activity carries with it collateral consequences. For example, a DWI/DUI arrest will result in your license being revoked. A drug bust may result in your money or property being forfeited. Certain sex offenses require you to register as a sex offender.

Attorneys Stevens and Borgen Admitted to Practice in the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals

On August 17, 2017, Attorneys Jeremy Stevens and Grant Borgen were admitted to practice in the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Attorneys Bird and Stevens Selected as 2017 Super Lawyers

Attorneys Bird and Stevens were selected as Super Lawyers in Minnesota in 2017. Each year, Super Lawyers recognizes the top lawyers in Minnesota via a patented multiphase selection process involving peer nomination, independent research, and peer evaluation. To read the entire 2017 Minnesota Super Lawyers Magazine, click here.

Victims of Rochester Hit-and-Run Speak Out

Chad, a Bird, Jacobsen & Stevens client, and his girlfriend Dasia were on their motorcycle when they were struck by a vehicle on July 13. Chad suffered broken bones and burns to his body. Dasia suffered a broken arm. ABC 6 News - KAAL TV caught with up Chad and Dasia. Click here for the interview. Charges against the driver will likely be filed this week. As discussed in a previous blog, motorcycle accidents continue to rise in Minnesota.

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Stray Voltage Litigation

Bird, Jacobsen & Stevens has represented many farmers suffering from stray voltage. We understand the law and the science and know how to take on large utilities in the courts.

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