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US Supreme Court Rules that Warrantless Breath Tests are Constitutional: Warrantless Blood Tests are Not

In June 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down part of Minnesota’s DWI/DUI law criminalizing refusal to submit to a chemical blood alcohol concentration (BAC) test if suspected of driving while intoxicated. At issue was the disproportionality between the actual DWI penalties and the refusal penalties. In other words, the state’s criminal penalty for refusal… Read more »

Minnesota Criminal Vehicular Operation Laws

The state of Minnesota does not criminalize any occurrence of bodily injury which is caused by typical negligent driving that leads to a vehicle accident. The state does, however, criminalize certain driving behaviors that lead to the bodily harm of others. More specifically, actions are considered criminal offenses when proof of heightened negligence is present…. Read more »

1st Degree Drug case thrown out!

On May 26, 2014, Mr. Peterson helped a client get a first degree drug case thrown out.  First degree drug crimes are the most serious of all drug offenses in Minnesota.  A person convicted of first degree drugs faces a minimum prison sentence of 74 months; more if they have a criminal history. In this… Read more »

Christian Peterson in Top 100 Trial Lawyers!

On April 22, 2014 Mr. Peterson was informed that he was named one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Minnesota according to The National Trial Lawyers.  NTL accepts less than two percent of all licensed lawyers in the nation as members; and membership is by invitation only. Candidates are assessed for membership based on educational… Read more »

Serious drug case dismissed!

On May 29, 2014, Mr. Peterson helped his client receive a complete dismissal of all drug charges against him.  The client had been charged with possessing a trace amount of methamphetamine, which police found on a pipe in his bathroom during a search.  The client had a prior conviction for drug crimes, meaning that a… Read more »

Client avoids prison for arson!

On May 1, 2014, Mr. Peterson successfully argued to keep his client out of all prison and jail time after a conviction for first degree arson.  First degree arson is the most serious kind of arson, which alleges that a defendant sets fire to a residential dwelling.  It is normally punished with a minimum prison… Read more »

911 Interference and Domestic Assault dismissed!

On June 19, 2013 in Scott County, Minnesota, Mr. Peterson negotiated a plea deal whereby very serious charges of gross misdemeanor 911 interference and domestic assault would be dismissed, and his client pled guilty to charges of disorderly conduct.  Furthermore, the deal would allow him to keep a completely clean record so long as he… Read more »

Burglary charges dismissed!

On May 9, 2013 in Scott County, Minnesota, Mr. Peterson negotiated a plea agreement whereby the State would dismiss very serious charges of felony second degree burglary.  In exchange, his client would plead guilty to far less serious charges of misdemeanor criminal damage to property.  She would not serve any jail time, or be on… Read more »

No conviction for Harassment Order Violation

On July 17, 2013 in Hennepin County, Minnesota, Mr. Peterson obtained a plea agreement for his client known as a continuance for dismissal on charges of violating a harassment restraining order.  This is one of the best results a defendant can get in a criminal case.  The defendant is not required to enter a plea… Read more »