25
Mar

Legislature Seeking to Require Ignition Interlock for All DWI Offenders

Currently, the ignition interlock device is required for repeat offenders or a first-time offender when the alcohol concentration was twice the legal limit. The device is installed in the vehicle, which prevents it from being operated unless and unti…
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23
Mar

Stay of Imposition Expungement Update - Court of Appeals Decision

As has been discussed in this blog previously, the biggest ambiguity in the expungement law is how courts should interpret a stay of imposition expungement petition – specifically, is the conviction a felony as originally adjudicated or a misde…
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15
Mar

Self-Defense - Duty to Retreat Exists if Person is on Front Lawn

Self-defense in Minnesota is an affirmative defense against assault-based charges. Much of the analysis is tied to the reasonableness of the actions taken by the defendant and whether the defendant could have avoided the situation. But, if the defend…
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9
Mar

Challenging Restitution in Minnesota - Timing is Critical

As part of any sentence or plea negotiation, a defendant may be ordered to pay restitution to the victim of the crime. A Court is supposed to analyze the bases for the restitution request against the resources available to the defendant. But, far too…
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7
Mar

The Importance of Properly Serving the DHS in an Expungement

The Minnesota Department of Human (“DHS”) is notorious for fighting expungements at all costs. Regardless of whether the record involves a conviction or not, the DHS is going to fight. That’s because the due process of criminal law…
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1
Mar

Expunging Records Within the Statute of Limitations Period - Be Careful

The existence of a criminal record – even when the matter was ultimately dismissed – is still damaging. The mere fact that you were charged with a crime raises red flags for human resource managers and potential landlords. That is why see…
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