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Gunshot Victim Acquitted of Felon in Possession of a Firearm Charges

Mohammad, Schicks and Jaafar, P.A. is a highly-respected criminal defense law firm based here in St. Paul. We represent all types of criminal defense cases and are known for being able to provide ...
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Not Guilty Verdict for Businessman Facing 5 Counts of Felony Theft

In the case of the State of Minnesota v. EH Hennepin County from January 2014, Attorney Murad Mohammad from Mohammad, Schicks and Jaafar, P.A. was able to achieve a non guilty verdict for our client ...
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Murad Mohammad and Imani Jaafar-Mohammad are Selected for Inclusion in the Super Lawyers® Rising Stars℠ Edition of 2014!

At Mohammad, Schiks and Jaafar, P.A., we are committed to the field of criminal defense and delivering outstanding legal representation to our clients. As a testament to our dedication to delivering ...
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St. Paul Teen Avoids Consecutive Sentencing in Plea Bargain Deal

Individuals who engage in criminal activity, particularly crimes of a sexual nature, can expect to face fines, jail time and other serious penalties upon conviction. When those crimes are committed ...
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Attorney Mohammad Achieves Not Guilty Verdict for Felony Theft Charges

Attorney Murad Mohammad recently represented Saleem Ghani, a former Hennepin County District Court employee who was charged with two counts of felony theft in November 2012. Mr. Ghani was accused of ...
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What the Prosecutors Got Wrong- An Analysis of the George Zimmerman Trial

Many people were shocked when the jury in the George Zimmerman trial came back with a not guilty verdict on all counts. However, we had a different feeling after watching several days of testimony. ...
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Partners in Crime- How Conspiracy Works

Partners in Crime- How Conspiracy Works Conspiracy is a charge that has appeared in several of our firm's cases lately so we thought we would take a closer look at the crime itself. When most ...
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Reasonable Doubt: An Origins Story

Reasonable doubt is a cornerstone of our criminal justice system. Criminal defense attorneys frequently invoke its name as a protection for their clients. The State must prove that a defendant is ...
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Meet the Newest Drug It-Girl: Molly

Have you heard of Molly? Chances are that you heard someone ask where Molly is either in a song or even during a Madonna concert. So we thought you might be curious about what Molly is and what ...
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He loves me, She loves me not: The Reality of No Contact Orders in Domestic Abuse Cases

In honor of Valentines Day we decided to tackle the topic of when romance goes sour. In Minnesota, domestic abuse charges can arise out of out conduct that involves fear of or actual physical harm, ...
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Man Accused of Murdering Wife & Dismembering Her While Toddler Was Home

Minneapolis – A 34-year-old St. Paul man was charged with second degree murder in connection to the death of his 32-year-old wife. According to the criminal complaint, the defendant admitted to ...
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They took my stuff! Forfeitures in criminal cases.

Forfeiture cases seem to be the flavor of the month in our office so we thought a primer on the subject would be helpful for today's blog. The broad nature of the Minnesota forfeiture statute is ...
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What happens when the jury misbehaves? A true story of jury misconduct.

This post is a follow-up to our post on what happens when the jury gets it wrong. This post specifically focuses on when the jury gets it wrong due to jury misconduct. Murad is scheduled for a ...
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"Block the Vote" - criminal records and the right to vote

Many people are aware that a felony conviction can bar the right to vote. This topic was discussed quite a bit over this past election week. In this post we will explore what that actually means and ...
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The Power of Plain English

Lawyers have an uncanny ability to sound like people from a parallel universe where "forthwith" and "moreover" are used in casual conversation. What happens to lawyers when they ...
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Voter ID: Revisiting the 15th Amendment and Voting Rights Act

With Voter ID laws coming up for a vote across the country and right here in Minnesota, we thought it might be a good history lesson to revisit the 15th Amendment and the subsequent Voting Rights Act ...
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Jury drama - reversing a verdict

So picture yourself in the courtroom after a trial, the second trial on the one that previously resulted in a hung jury. It looked like it was headed that way again and then did so on 2 counts, but ...
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The importance of your right to remain silent

The phrase "you have the right to remain silent" is something all of us have seen on television and movies. Maybe it is because we are too comfortable with this phrase that makes us forget ...
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Insanity and incompetence in Minnesota

In light of the Aurora shooting we have been getting lots of questions about the use of insanity in criminal defense. This issue can sometimes be confused with incompetence. So here is a primer on the ...
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"Allegedly" important - reflections on the presumption of innocence

The tragedy in Aurora, CO has sparked some ire over the use of the word "alleged" when discussing suspect James Holmes. There have been comments made by many that feel that the word ...
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Working with Muslim clients in Ramadan

Blog Content Working with Muslim Clients in Ramadan Today is the first day of Ramadan for Muslims across the world. So what do you need to know to better serve your clients during the month of ...
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Introduction to our blog

Blog Content Hello everyone and welcome to the MSJ law blog! We will be posting legal commentary on relevant and interesting legal news, tech tips for lawyers, updates on our practice, and lots of ...
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Welcome to our Woodbury Criminal Defense Attorney Blog

Our attorneys are pleased to announce the launch of our Woodbury Criminal Defense Attorney blog with an RSS feed available at http://www.legaldefensemn.com/Blog/Recent-Blog-Posts/RSS.xml
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