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20
Nov

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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18
Nov

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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23
Oct

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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15
Oct

Pardon Attorneys - Minnesota

Pardon Attorneys In 1857, when the Minnesota State Constitution was being drafted, the process for pardons was deemed to be so important as to include it in the state constitution. Minn. Const. Art. V § 7. A pardon sets aside a conviction so that yo…
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13
Aug

Gross Negligence Defined - Criminal Vehicular Operation

Criminal vehicular operation criminalizes certain driving misconduct that results in injury or death. Of the various driving misconduct that can result in criminal vehicular operation, the gross negligence standard is the one most up for interpretati…
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27
Jul

Failing to Yield to an Emergency Vehicle Ticket - Minnesota

In the hierarchy of traffic tickets, failing to yield to an emergency vehicle is one of the more serious offenses. Most of the time, it’s a simple petty misdemeanor offense (which is not considered a crime under Minnesota law). But, sometimes,…
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8
Jul

Qualified Domestic Violence Related Offenses - Felony Domestic Assaults

As we previously detailed in this blog, the type of offenses that are considered “qualified domestic violence related offenses” that enhance future domestic assault charges can be surprising. Why a bar fight assault conviction could lead…
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28
Jun

Furnishing Alcohol to a Minor Crime in Minnesota

You may not think it is that big of a deal. Buying beer or liquor for underage kids, or frat brothers/sorority sisters still younger than 21, is a right of passage. You may justify it by thinking that you owe it to them because someone did it for you…
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10
Jun

Early Discharge From Probation

Following a conviction, most defendants are placed on probation with many terms and conditions that must be followed. These can include time in custody, community service, no use of alcohol or drugs, random testing, a chemical dependency assessment,…
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7
Jun

Domestic Assault by Strangulation - Specific Intent Crime

Domestic assault by strangulation can often be the byproduct of substance use and/or abuse. A bad night. Some bad choices. Spurred by the affects of alcohol or drugs clouding someone’s judgment. When this happens, an appropriate defense would b…
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