21
Dec

Temporary Reinstatement of Driving Privileges Following a DWI

Following a DWI, one of the most severe and immediate consequences is the revocation of the person’s driving privileges. The duration of the revocation can be from 90 days up to several years, depending on the circumstances of the arrest. A per…
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14
Dec

Minnesota's DWI Law About to Get a Close-Up

In just our last blog, we quoted Justice Alan Page’s infamous lambasting of his colleagues when he said the Minnesota Supreme Court (at least the majority) wished it lived in a world without McNeely. Well, the Supreme Court of the United States…
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9
Dec

Equal Protection and Due Process Violations in Minnesota DWI Law

As the veritable Justice Alan Page penned: “(Minnesota) court(s) apparently wish that we lived in a world without Missouri v. McNeely.” Such a strong shot fired at his fellow justices is true because ever since the United States Supreme C…
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7
Dec

Aiding and Abetting Does Not Require a Conviction for the Principal Actor

Talk about crappy luck…. So imagine you are a poor schmuck, you happen to believe strongly in the Second Amendment’s guarantee of a personal right to a firearm, and you have buddies who do stupid things. Maybe it’s not such a good i…
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20
Nov

Patience and the Correct Legal Strategy Is Needed When Facing Multiple Criminal Cases

This post is dedicated to that parent, or that significant other who has a loved one in their lives who has a number of serious criminal cases pending at one time. It’s daunting. Frightening. And stressful. You may be at a loss about what to do…
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8
Nov

Subsequent Drug Crime Convictions in Minnesota

EDITOR’S NOTE: The law has changed since this post. Here is a link about the law change on this topic: https://www.northstarcriminaldefense.com/drug-crime-sentencing-new-laws-effective-today/ For possession or sale drug crimes, the penalties im…
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5
Nov

Passing a School Bus Violation in Minnesota

A traffic ticket that carries a heavy penalty is the passing of or failing to stop for a school bus in violation of Minn. Stat. 169.444. Due to the presence of children surrounding a school, it is easy to understand why the law exists and why it is c…
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2
Nov

DWI Consequences for Commercial Drivers

Prior references and discussions about license consequences following a DWI conviction deal with non-commercial drivers. Different revocation periods apply to those that drive for a living. The result is a much more severe and strict revocation perio…
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29
Oct

Traveling to Canada After a DWI

Among the several collateral consequences that come from a DWI, one of the more surprising ones – and one that often doesn’t become an issue until it’s too late – is that a DWI conviction can bar entry into Canada. Whenever you travel to Cana…
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26
Oct

Minnesota Sex Offender Registration Length

Sex offense registration (a.k.a. predatory offender registration) is required under a variety of circumstances outlined in Minn. Stat. 243.166, subd. 1b. Typically, it follows these convictions: Murder while committing a sex crime; Kidnapping; Crimin…
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