Basic Criminal Law and Procedure – POST # 09053-0573

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This course was developed by
the Minnesota Sheriffs’ Association. 

Two (2) hours of Certified Continuing Education
MN POST # 09053-0573

Course Overview and Objectives

Corrections and law enforcement staff are an essential element of an effective criminal justice system.  This “Basic Criminal Law and Procedure” course will address basic concepts and definitions in the criminal law as well as elements of the constitution and rules of procedures.

This two-hour course will address constitutional elements, including the United States and the Minnesota Constitution.  Procedural requirements and the Minnesota Rules of Criminal Procedure as well as state statutes will be covered.  We will look at the workflow of a case and how things work within the criminal justice system, including what a 36-Hour Rule and a 48-Hour Rule mean. Mental illness in the criminal court system, crimes within a jail and victim rights will be addressed.

While this course is applicable to anyone working in the law enforcement field, it will address basic concepts and rules of procedures that most directly impact the duties of custody and other jail staff.


Rick Hodsdon has recently retired from the Washington County Attorney’s Office in Stillwater, Minnesota. Rick dealt with numerous aspects of the office involving data practices, HIPAA, the sheriff’s office, personnel matters, criminal prosecution and civil litigation.

Rick has been the Minnesota Sheriffs’ Association legal counsel since 1987. He is on the faculty of Northwestern University Police Command School and teaches throughout the United States on criminal justice issues. Rick has a J.D. and Master’s Degree in Public Administration and he is admitted to practice before the courts in Minnesota, 8th Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Check out Rick’s in person courses.  Information can be found on the Minnesota Sheriffs’ Association website