17
Dec

Burglary Sentencing

Burglary involves the breaking and entering into a building in order to commit a crime or when a person actually commits a crime. When the building is a dwelling – i.e. a place suitable for living – sentencing for the burglary offense get…
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15
Nov

Fourth Degree Assault - Level of Harm

A fourth degree assault is charged when a person allegedly assaults a certain class of individuals – usually a police officer or paramedic, for example. Most assume that this is an automatic felony; and frankly, this is how it is charged out mo…
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12
Nov

When is a Miranda Warning Required?

The Fifth Amendment provides that no person shall be compelled to be a witness against themselves in a criminal case. In lay mans terms, the Fifth Amendment is the right against self-incrimination. Per a 1966 United States Supreme Court decision, a M…
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21
Sep

Fine Increase for Passing a School Bus Ticket

In August of this year, an overlooked law change occurred that will meaningfully impact Minnesotans. Most traffic citations include a fine in the $100-300 range. Real money, but it’s at least reasonable. In August, this change for those charged…
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15
Sep

Changes to Minnesota DWI Law

In the 2017 Minnesota legislative session, changes were made to MN DWI Laws. These new laws went into affect at the beginning of July. None of these changes are ground-shaking, but it’s nonetheless important to understand them and how they̵…
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6
Sep

Drug Detection Dog Search in a Secured Apartment Building - Get a Warrant!

This week, the Minnesota Court of Appeals issued an important decision, pulling back the expanding usage of drug detection dogs for searches of controlled substances. In State v. Edstrom, the Court of Appeals held that law enforcement must get a warr…
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13
Jul

Evidence at Restitution Hearings

A common part of sentencing is restitution – which is supposed to repay any victim the out of pocket losses they sustained as a result of the crime. As you can probably imagine, restitution requests can lead to a lot of issues, particularly whe…
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10
Jul

Mr. Gempeler is Named a 2017 Rising Star

Mr. Gempeler was named a 2017 Rising Star. This is the third consecutive year – which coincides with his tenure at North Star – being named a Rising Star by his peers and colleagues alike. It’s a recognition awarded to only 2.5% of…
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5
Jul

Dishononored Check Issuance - Requires Proof of Intent

We’ve recently made a point to covering various crimes in greater detail that fall under the umbrella of theft. This week we cover dishonored check issuance, commonly known as writing a bad check. Dishonored check issuance, is essentially writi…
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23
Jun

Prostitution and Sex Trafficking - One Market, Three Unique Crimes

Prostitution and sex trafficking are a set of crimes that largely go under the radar in our society and occur much more frequently than most would expect. 60,000-85,000 prostitution related arrests occur each year in the United States. Law enforcemen…
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