December 14

Former Willmar teacher sentenced to prison in student sex case

WILLMAR MN— With his victim saying in a statement that “I did not ask to be broken,” a former high school teacher apologized for having sexual contact with her when she was 15 and his student. Chad Jeffrey Akerson, 35, of Willmar, was sentenced to a three-year prison sentence Monday in Kandiyohi County District Court….
December 14

Attorneys: Men charged in Minneapolis protester attack not racist

Attorneys for three men accused in a shooting that wounded five black men during a protest outside of a Minneapolis police precinct denied Tuesday that their clients are racist and downplayed evidence. A fourth man accused of firing the shots during the Nov. 23 attack didn’t speak at the court appearance. The bail hearing for…
December 14

Can I Avoid Going to Court Appearances?

If you have an attorney, there are some circumstances where you can avoid going to court (and your attorney appears on your behalf). In almost all misdemeanors, you can avoid going to the first appearance if you sign a waiver for your lawyer. Most first appearances in misdemeanor cases result in simply getting a new…
December 14

How Long Can I Be Held in Jail?

If someone is arrested without a warrant, they must be charged or released after a certain period of time. The general rule is that the person must be brought before a judge 36 hours after being arrested. Minn. R. Crim. P. 4.02, subdiv. 5(1). The 36 hours begins on midnight following the arrest and pauses…