28
Jul

Disorderly Conduct - Fighting Words

The common-law crime of disturbing the peace (n.k.a. disorderly conduct) used to be broadly defined to include any behavior which disturbed the peacefulness of citizens. States took it upon themselves to codify this rule under disorderly conduct stat…
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30
Apr

Distracted Driving Law to Change in August 2019

Minnesota’s distracted driving law – a.k.a. texting and driving – will change come August 2019. Starting then, the law will be much more restrictive, essentially demanding that any use of a cell phone by a driver be hands-free. For…
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28
Sep

Interference with Privacy in Minnesota

Interference with privacy is a gross misdemeanor offense that can rise to felony level charges depending on the circumstances. The general concept of what interference with privacy means may make sense. But the statutory definitions are complex in tr…
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17
Jul

Leaving the Scene of an Accident - Hit and Run

Accidents happen. They don’t necessarily result in criminal charges – after all, they are called accidents. But sometimes, an accident can lead to criminal charges for failing to properly obey the traffic laws or if a driver leaves the sc…
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15
Jun

Nonconsensual Dissemination of Private Sexual Images - Revenge Porn Law

Sexting and similar communications have led to the oversharing of explicit images. To combat that, Minnesota enacted a revenge porn law to criminalize the improper sharing of sexually explicit images. The crime is actually called: Nonconsensual Disse…
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26
Apr

Reckless Driving Attorney

A Minnesota Reckless Driving offense is one of the most serious non-DWI traffic charges. It is a misdemeanor to start with, but could become a gross misdemeanor if there is a certain amount of harm caused by the reckless driving conduct. With such se…
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1
Mar

Carrying While Under the Influence

In Minnesota, it is illegal to be carrying while under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances. The offense can be either a misdemeanor or gross misdemeanor, requiring possible jail and/or a heavy fine, not to mention revocation of the pers…
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25
Feb

Criminal Damage to Property Attorneys

Criminal damage to property in Minnesota is a felony, gross misdemeanor, or misdemeanor, depending on the nature of the circumstances and amount of damage that occurred. Any conviction for this type of crime not only has serious criminal consequences…
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14
Jun

Bribery - One Name, Three Unique Crimes

Bribery is a unique crime in it’s variety and scope. There are three different acts that constitute bribery in Minnesota. They are: general bribery, which typically applies to government officials; commercial bribery for private industries; and…
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2
May

Shoplifting Attorney - Minnesota

Our team at North Star Criminal Defense has recently represented a number of clients accused of shoplifting, a form of theft under MN law. We have a page devoted to theft on our website but we wanted to have a post dedicated solely to shoplifting. St…
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