Collateral Consequences from a Criminal Record

Here at North Star Criminal Defense, we pride ourselves on delivering a personalized legal strategy for each client. In order to do that, it is critical to understand what’s at stake. This means analyzing the possible collateral consequences fr…
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Marijuana DUI - Actual Impairment Required

With 4/20 having come and gone recently, we thought it’d be an appropriate time to discuss the marijuana DUI laws in Minnesota. Certainly, with the likely legalization of marijuana in the not-too-distant future, marijuana DUI’s will becom…
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Penalties for your First DUI in Minnesota

When we talk with new clients who picked up their first DUI, we often get asked about the possible penalties they face. And, what is hard for most to comprehend – at least at first – is that, even for your first DUI, the penalties are bot…
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False Imprisonment Crime in Minnesota

The false imprisonment crime in Minnesota is a very serious offense because of both the criminal sanctions and collateral consequences that stem from it. Not only is a defendant looking at possible time in prison or local custody, but a conviction in…
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What is the Terroristic Threats Crime in Minnesota?

Generally speaking, the terroristic threats crime in Minnesota is the old name for a felony crime that tends to capture a lot of serious misconduct that doesn’t fall neatly into a felony level assault. Unfortunately, the term has not gone away…
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Minnesota's Revenge Porn Law Upheld by Supreme Court

A little more than a year ago, the Minnesota Court of Appeals issued a significant ruling when it found that Minnesota’s revenge porn law (more formally known as nonconsensual dissemination of private sexual images) was unconstitutionally overb…
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Questions to Ask Your DUI Lawyer

At North Star Criminal Defense, our attorneys have over 30 years of combined experience. So, needless to say, as DUI lawyers, we’ve seen it all and know how to handle any type of DUI case, from the routine to the complicated. And through this e…
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DWI vs DUI in Minnesota - What's the Difference?

We get a couple common questions asked of us when people are facing DWI charges in Minnesota. First, some people want to know the difference between DWI vs DUI. Second, they are wondering why they are facing two charges for DWI stemming from the same…
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Speeding Over 100 MPH in Minnesota

For a normal speeding ticket in Minnesota, a driver merely pays a small fine (typically less than $150) and has a petty misdemeanor traffic ticket as a result. There is no automatic loss of license and insurance premiums may be impacted a little, dep…
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Second Degree Assault With A Dangerous Weapon Defined

A second degree assault in Minnesota requires the presence of a dangerous weapon. You would think that what counts as a second degree assault with a dangerous weapon would be self-explanatory. But, you may be surprised to learn that Minnesota courts…
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