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What Exactly Is Assault in the First Degree in Minnesota?

Violent crime, regardless of where committed, can result in some serious penalties. However, if you commit an act of violence, such as assault in the first degree, in Minnesota you face some of the strictest penalties in the country. What exactly is assault in the first degree? In Minnesota there are varying degrees of criminal assault,… Read more »

The Legality of Evidence Found in Trash With No Warrant

The Fourth Amendment of the U. S. Constitution and the Minnesota Constitution in basically the same language state “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures shall not be violated; and no warrant shall issue but upon probable cause, supported by oath or… Read more »

Bad Driving Doesn’t Always Prove Minnesota DWI in Court

When it comes to DWI charges, they almost always start the same way. The driver swerved into another lane, their speed was erratic, or they were riding the line. In short, the first “clue” that police use to justify a DWI charge is bad driving. If the case goes to court, then the prosecution will… Read more »

Understanding Minnesota DWI Laws For Commercial Drivers

Being arrested for DWI in Minnesota is embarrassing. Finding out that you have put your job in jeopardy for a full year is far worse; you are risking your livelihood and your family’s well-being. Even a first conviction for DWI in Minnesota will mean you will lose your license for one year. While typical drivers… Read more »

What You Should Know About Stalking in Minnesota

Going for a late-night walk with someone you love is romantic… assuming both of you know that’s what’s happening, of course. While 90s romantic comedies turn the lonely heart pining from a distance into something poetic, in reality the sorts of things you see in these movies would get you arrested. Especially in Minnesota, which… Read more »

The Various Degrees of Minnesota DWI Charges

Every state has its own laws regarding impaired driving, and there are often significant differences in the statutes and the penalties imposed. For example, Minnesota maintains an intensive supervised release (ISR) program with stringent demands on those convicted of felony DWI. Initial decisions by prosecutors regarding DWI charges may significantly impact outcomes and the ultimate… Read more »

A Review of Minnesota DWI Statistics and Trends

A Review of Minnesota DWI Statistics shows how many problems impaired driving has caused in the states over the past few years. This post offers a quick overview of statistics on arrests, accidents, injuries, and deaths in the state. Official statistics show that drinking and driving is common, but probably in decline because deaths, injuries and… Read more »