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Misdemeanor or Felony DWI?

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Most criminal defense attorneys have been asked the question “How can you represent someone that you know is guilty?” There are many ways to answer that question, but an April 26, 2017 decision by the Minnesota Supreme Court provides some insight. There are often significant legal issues to address even when a person has clearly

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How Do You Handle Drug Charges in MN?

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For many years, criminal charges for illegal possession of drugs were almost always felonies. The main exception was possession of a small amount of marijuana, which was not a felony. But possession of more than a small amount of marijuana and possession of any amount of illegal street drugs like cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin carried

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Probation Violations

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Probation Violations in Minnesota When someone is sentenced after pleading guilty or being found guilty of a felony, the court can either send the person to prison or place them on probation. When placing a person on probation the court normally stays the imposition or execution of sentence, so the prison time is “hanging over

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Seat Belt Gag Rule

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Seat Belt Gag Rule The Minnesota “Seat Belt Gag Rule” currently provides that evidence of the use or failure to use seat belts and child car seats is not admissible in personal injury and property damage litigation arising out of car accidents. (See Minn. Stat. 169.685 Subd. 4.) The Minnesota Legislature House Civil Law Committee

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Driving With Headlights On MN

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Be Visible! Drive With Headlights On: MN Statute 169.48 Most drivers know they should keep their headlights on while driving in the rain. Besides being a good idea to improve visibility and safety, Minnesota Statute 169.48 requires drivers to use headlamps and tail lamps any time from sunset to sunrise, any time when it is

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DWI Vehicle Forfeiture

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MN DWI Forfeiture Law May Cause Permanent Loss of Your Vehicle Minnesota DWI forfeiture law allows law enforcement to forfeit vehicles from certain DWI offenders (see Minn. Stat. 169A.63). Permanent loss of a vehicle used in a DWI offense is a huge consequence. Defeating or Reducing Forfeiture with DWI Charges There are several possible ways

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Auto Tab Renewal Law Changes

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Minnesota law is being changed to require people to provide their car insurance information when renewing license tabs. Read the article here…

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