Minnesota is known for its brutal winters. During the winter, it becomes increasingly difficult to travel from one place to another. Like many Minnesotans, you might look to alternative means of transportation during the frigid winter months. Snowmobiles often become the vehicle of choice to navigate Minnesota’s frozen tundra. Snowmobiles are primarily used recreationally, but they can also be used...
First of all, is texting while driving illegal? Yes. According to Minnesota Statute §169.475 Subd. 2 when a vehicle is in motion or part of traffic, the person operating the vehicle upon a street or highway is prohibited from using a wireless communications device to compose, send, or read an electronic message. In addition to texting, drivers are prohibited from...
Did Anoka County deputies and State Patrol troopers really slash tires on parked vehicles during the Black Lives Matter protests? Yes, they really did! There are at least two incidences of officers using knives to deflate car tires during the Minneapolis protests. The first was on May 30, 2020 in the Kmart parking lot at Lake Street and Nicollet Avenue...
The outbreak of COVID-19 has changed everyday life in many ways. Both federal and state governments have released guidelines and orders to help slow the outbreak of the Coronavirus. Although there isn’t a federal requirement to wear masks in public, some state governments and businesses have required citizens and patrons to use face masks. Has the Federal Government Required the...
The Juvenile Justice System covers children under the age of 18 in Minnesota. Unlike adult courts, juvenile proceedings are civil proceedings so that the child is protected from the consequences of his or her own conduct. The goal of the Juvenile Justice System is to help children develop responsibility for their unlawful behavior and rehabilitate them. The state statute that...
Vehicle forfeiture occurs when a vehicle is used to commit a criminal act, such as driving while intoxicated (DWI). According to Minnesota Statute § 169A.63, in certain DWI cases, the police have the authority to seize and forfeit the vehicle used to commit the criminal act. If the owner does not recover their vehicle, the police have the right to...
Can the government force you to stay at home under an executive order? Yes, both federal and state governments have the power to enforce social isolation and self-quarantine, effectively limiting citizens to their homes. While this effort is meant to protect the public from those who have contracted a disease, the power can even extend to those who are not...
In honor of 4/20, (okay, maybe a little after 4/20…) Brandt Criminal Defense is here to explain the differences between legalized marijuana, decriminalized marijuana, and medical marijuana so you can celebrate responsibly. It is important to know that, as of now, only medical marijuana is legal in Minnesota; however, Minnesota has also decriminalized marijuana to some extent. This means that,...
A stay-at-home order is an order from a government authority to restrict movements of a population as a mass quarantine strategy for suppressing, or mitigating a pandemic, by ordering residents to stay home except for essential tasks or to work in essential businesses. Basically, this means that the government is attempting to “flatten the curve” by having non-essential workers stay...
Most people know that police cannot just enter and search their homes for no reason – but what about hotels? The guest does not own the room where they are staying, but most people assume that they have a right to privacy if they paid for an individual room. But where is the line? Can the police just not enter...
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