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Legal Topics: Criminal Law and Procedure

Statutes and Rules (Additional statutes, regulations & opinions may apply to your specific situation.):

  • United States Constitution, Bill of Rights.
  • Minnesota Constitution, Article 1, Bill of Rights.
  • Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 609, Criminal Code.
  • Rules of Criminal Procedure.
  • Resources, Minnesota: (Print resources are available at the Law Library and in county law libraries around the state.)

  • Criminal Statutes of Limitations , from the Minnesota House Research Department.
  • Court forms, from the Minnesota Judicial Branch.
  • Minnesota Rules of Criminal Procedure Appendix of Forms.
  • Dunnell Minnesota Digest, Minnesota's legal encyclopedia, article on Criminal Law.
  • McCarr, Henry W. and Jack S. Nordby. Criminal Law and Procedure, 4th ed. (West, 2012) Reference Desk KFM5480 .M53 2012.
  • Videos & Tutorials, from the Self-Help Center.
  • Court pages:

  • Criminal Court, from the Eighth District Courts.
  • Criminal and Traffic Division, from the Second District (Ramsey County) Courts.
  • Criminal Court, from the Fourth District (Hennepin County) courts.
  • Criminal Laws and Resources, from the Fourth District (Hennepin County) courts.
  • Frequently Asked Questions, from the Fourth District (Hennepin County) courts.
  • Resources, General:

  • Constitutional Rights in Juvenile Cases, from Nolo.
  • Criminal Law, from Nolo.
  • The criminal law handbook : know your rights, survive the system - by Paul Bergman & Sara J. Berman KF9619.85 .B47 2011
  • Criminal Defense Lawyer FAQ, from Nolo.
  • Defendants' Rights During a Court Trial: The Bill of Rights, from Nolo.
  • Miranda Rights: What Happens If Police Don't 'Read Your Rights', from Nolo.
  • Understanding criminal law - Joshua Dressler KF9219 .D74 2012
  • Appeals:

  • Filing a Criminal Appeal, from the Court of Appeals Self-Help Center.
  • McCarr, Henry W. and Jack S. Nordby. Criminal Law and Procedure, KFM5480 .M53 2012, Chapters 37, Appeals to the Court of Appeals, and 38, Appeals to the Supreme Court.
  • Post-Conviction Relief:

  • Filing a Postconviction Appeal, from the Court of Appeals Self-Help Center.
  • Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 590, Post Conviction Relief.
  • McCarr, Henry W. and Jack S. Nordby. Criminal Law and Procedure, KFM5480 .M53 2012, Chapter 39, Post Conviction Proceedings.
  • Dunnell Minnesota Digest, Minnesota's legal encyclopedia, article on Criminal Law, sections 16.00-16.12.
  • Withdrawal of Guilty Plea:

  • Rules of Criminal Procedure, Rule 15, Guilty Plea Procedures, 15.05, Plea Withdrawal.
  • McCarr, Henry W. and Jack S. Nordby. Criminal Law and Procedure, KFM5480 .M53 2012, Chapter 19, Pleas, sections 19:30-19:42.
  • Dunnell Minnesota Digest, Minnesota's legal encyclopedia, article on Criminal Law, section 10.09.
  • Related Topics: Sentencing; Expungement; Appeals.

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