Yes, a cop's word would be considered evidence in court. As with all things in the court system, there are restrictions, exceptions, and exemptions on that evidence. If you believe you might be facing a probation violation, I would suggest you contact a criminal defense attorney that works on probation violations.
First, do not speak to the police without your attorney present and after discussing it with your attorney. Yes, you need an attorney, these are very serious allegations. Second, don't post details of the event on public forums, (such as this one). It is important to ask general questions, but keep the information to a minimum. Finally, get an attorney as soon as possible.
There are at least two sides to a DUI, the civil license revocation and the criminal charges. I would encourage you to speak to an attorney near you to discuss your case in more detail.
The statute of limitations in Minnesota is 3 years, however, most cases are filed within the first 3 months.
It's possible, although there are no guarantees. For the best possible outcome, you should consult with an attorney in person. Many criminal defense attorneys will offer free consultations to answer your initial questions, explain the process, and let you know what potential outcomes you may be facing. I would encourage you to sit down with them and find an attorney that would work well with you.
Unfortunately, your legal analysis is incorrect. Evidence used against you in a criminal trial can be used against you in a civil case. The right, which I suspect you are speaking of double jeopardy, would not apply in this case. In addition, since the burden of proof is different, the defendant/respondent can lose the exact same case in a civil trial that they won in a criminal trial.
I would agree with you. There are cameras inside some police cars. However, there are not always cameras. And when there are cameras, they are not always on. This is an unfortunate truth. If there was a camera, and the camera was on, you have a right to a copy of the recording.
If you are on probation and you are required to inform your probation office or the BCA of where you are living or working you CANNOT live under the radar. Failing to inform them of your location will be a violation. There is a reasonably good chance they will find out and you will likely be facing jail time.
I would note that there are several issues and facts seem to be missing. For the best advice to need to sit down with a criminal defense attorney and have them look into your case.
1). What would they see? - An employer would see that you had been charged with 5th degree sales and 5th degree possession. They would see the conviction. Depending on their ability to read the court records they could realize that it was a felony level offense that would be dropped to a misdemeanor upon successful completion of your probation. This, however, depends on what occurs during probation and on the specific plea negotiations you entered into. I cannot give case specific...
This could be charged with a MIP offense. I would strongly encourage you to fight this offense. Based on the information you provided, there is reason to believe you should not be held accountable for what one of your friends placed in your vehicle, especially if you didn't know it was there.
Your best course of action is to contact an attorney and discuss your situation. There are a lot of additional facts and information that is needed to give you the best advice. If you would like to...