The justice system in Minnesota and the rest of the United States is built on the premise that any individual charged with a crime must be presumed innocent until guilt is proven beyond a reasonable doubt.
That's the ideal, but very often the mere filing of charges leaves the defendant devastated. Even if the person's efforts to clear his or her name are completely successful, the shadow of the criminal proceedings can hang over the individual for the rest of the individual's life. Property could be lost. Income opportunities could dry up. With so much at stake, no charge of any kind should be taken lightly.