Felonies

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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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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11
May

Failing to Pay Taxes / Failing to File Tax Returns - Felony Crimes

There are two certainties in life: death and taxes. Very few enjoy the process of filing tax returns and paying their taxes. But, it’s an obligation we cannot avoid. IF you do avoid it, though, you could receive the attention of the IRS or face…
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5
May

Habeas Corpus Petition and Request for Compassionate Release

Roughly a year ago, a client contacted North Star seeking an appeal of his sentence, which would require him to remain in the Minnesota State Prison system for at least four full years. He had entered a plea of guilty in Minneapolis to first degree n…
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8
Apr

Controlled Substance Crimes Sentencing - How to Get a Reduction in Prison Time

Minnesota’s sentencing laws used to be more penal than just, particularly in the everlasting ‘war on drugs.’ Sentencing reform in 2016 provided some help in stopping the law from being overly punitive toward controlled substance cri…
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