The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension reports biennially to the Governor and Legislature regarding crime rates and the handling of crimes and criminals by law enforcement in Minnesota. It showed that violent crimes and property crimes were down slightly. A good defense lawyer will use these statistics to support a motion for downward dispositional departure, or a downward durational departure, when appropriate. We use those motions to request more lenient sentences, and statistics can be useful facts to support our motions.
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