Hear the word "assault," and what do you picture? Perhaps a fight comes to mind -- two guys trading blows. Or perhaps your mental picture is a hulking figure beating up on a helpless victim.
In Minnesota, as in other states, law enforcement officers use social media on a daily basis. In days gone by, the police would put up wanted posters when they were looking for the bad guys. Police radios and patrol cars were major tools for tracking down criminals. While traditional crime-fighting tools and methods still have their place, social media has become the go-to resource for purposes of investigation, often with surprising results.
If you have a criminal record, you may have heard of something called expungement. Expungement is essentially the process of sealing one's criminal record from the public. Historically, many deserving people did not qualify for this legal option. This made it difficult for some to obtain housing or secure a job as a result of their criminal pasts - even when the offenses were minor or several years ago.