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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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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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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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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