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19
Oct

Innocent Owner Defense in Minnesota

A vehicle subject to forfeiture following a DWI must be returned to an innocent owner under specific circumstances. Effective January 1, 2022, this innocent owner defense will be spelled out in the statute and should – in theory – make th…
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20
Sep

Statute of Limitations for Sex Crimes - Law Update

Effective September, 15, 2021, there is a statute of limitations on sex crime laws – i.e. 1st through 4th degree criminal sexual conduct and contact crimes. The result is a perilous one for those facing dated sex crime allegations. There is a s…
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27
Jul

Violating an Order for Protection Crime - Minnesota

A civil order preventing someone from having any direct or indirect contact with another party can lead to criminal charges if it is violated. One of the most common no contact orders in Minnesota is an Order for Protection. Under Minnesota’s D…
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21
Jul

Marijuana: No Hard-in-Fact Test Required to Establish Probable Cause for Trial

Are hemp and other products such as delta-8-tetrahydrocannabinol (Delta-8) actually legal in Minnesota? In short, yes. But the newly released opinion in Minnesota Court of Appeals State v. Nixon allows the State to charge an individual with criminal…
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21
May

Solicitation of a Minor - Minnesota Felony Crime

With our world continuing to get more online, law enforcement is ramping up more creative efforts to combat the growing spread of solicitation of a minor crimes. There are two primary forms for the solicitation of a minor charges in Minnesota, both o…
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4
May

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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28
Apr

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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9
Mar

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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19
Feb

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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17
Jan

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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