16
May

A Disorderly Conduct Charge from Words and Actions Does Not Violate First Amendment Rights

We have all encountered someone who cannot control themselves when something rubs them the wrong way. Instead of keeping their cool, they take it upon themselves to cause a scene. In Minnesota, taking that scene too far can land you with a disorderly…
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15
Feb

Misdemeanor vs. Felony - Levels of Crimes in Minnesota

A common question we get from our clients and family/friends is: what is the difference between a misdemeanor vs. felony? To understand this, we will go over the full list of levels of crimes in Minnesota, starting with a type of conviction that is t…
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27
Oct

What is a DRE and Why It is Important?

If you are charged with a marijuana DWI, the State’s manner of proof is far different – and frankly harder – than a standard alcohol-related DWI. The primary reason is that the State is forced to prove actual impairment and cannot r…
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30
Jun

Indecent Exposure Charges Must Be for Volitional Acts

Indecent exposure charges include serious allegations that require an attorney that is familiar with the nuances of the law. An area that can be utilized for a successful defense strategy – both in raising it as a valid defense and in leveragin…
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10
Feb

Fleeing Police by Other Means - A Misdemeanor Crime in Minnesota

We’ve already discussed how fleeing police in a motor vehicle is a serious felony level offense. A less serious offense – at least by severity level of the crime – is the misdemeanor charge of fleeing police by other means. As you c…
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25
Jan

DWI Test Refusal - Minnesota Laws

When someone is being investigated and ultimately arrested for a Minnesota DWI, the entire process can be overwhelming and confusing. Almost always, the person is asked numerous questions, requested to perform the field sobriety tests, requested to s…
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7
Dec

Reckless Driving Citation in Minnesota

We previously discussed the reckless driving charge as a misdemeanor offense in this blog here. Whether it is a reckless driving charge for reckless disregard of the risks to others or for street racing, the most common charge level is for a misdemea…
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5
Dec

Inimical to Public Safety Crime in Minnesota

Minnesota will cancel a person’s driving privileges when there is “good cause to believe that the operation of a motor vehicle on the highways by the person would be inimical to public safety or welfare.” This is more commonly refer…
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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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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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