So what would you do if you were stopped by the police for drunk driving? I have over 20 years of experience handling DWI / DUI cases, and believe me, people do all kinds of things which make their case harder to defend. Here are some pointers to keep in mind if you are stopped or arrested for drunk driving… Be polite BE POLITE. This rule...
White Collar Crime…the phrase conjures up visions of white men, executives, wearing suits and ties standing at a shredding machine, doesn't it? But does the executive stereotype fit today? The phrase has been around since about 1939 and has carried several definitions which all centered on the upper class status of the people accused. But looking at a list of white collar...
The simple answer is: ALWAYS. No matter how small the item, taking something that is not yours is a crime, plain and simple. There have been literally hundreds of thousands of theft charges written by prosecutors for thefts in which the defendant is accused of stealing less than five dollars worth of merchandise from a store. If you have kids and...
Last time I laid out the basics of criminal assault in Minnesota. In this article, I will outline some common defenses when a person is charged with assault. Self Defense A defendant can argue self-defense when he or she agrees that act of assault occurred occurred, but claims that it was justified by the other person's threatening actions. A jury must...
Assault and battery are two different issues in civil lawsuits. In criminal court, however, assault and battery fall under one statute - there is no difference. The only difference is in the severity of the crime, or the "degree". A person commits assault when they do something with the intent to hurt someone or make them think they are about...
I got a DWI, when can I drive again? Whether your license was revoked or canceled as inimical (dangerous) to public safety, you may still be able to drive again soon. If, that is, you qualify for the Minnesota Ignition Interlock Program. Ignition Inter-what? An Ignition Interlock is a small device that is installed in your vehicle. It looks like a cell phone. ...
Can you really lock up your court records and throw away the key? The short answer is, it depends. You can, but it's not as easy as turning a key in a lock. What is an Expungement? To request an "expungement of criminal records" is just another way of saying you are asking the court to seal the criminal record,...
Types of Disorderly Conduct Crimes Disorderly conduct is a misdemeanor crime. Minnesota Statute 609.72 defines disorderly conduct. According to the statue, you can be found guilty of disorderly conduct if you take any action that you know (or should know) that will alarm, anger or disturb others or that will instigate an assault or a "breach of the peace". This law applies...
Underage drinking charges can be very serious and damaging to your personal and professional life. I have over 15 years experience in handling underage drinking cases and have seen the impact they can have on a young person's future. Minnesota Underage Drinking and DWI Laws Underage drinking charges can be especially harsh in Minnesota where cities are passing new underage drinking...
What is an Order For Protection? Minnesota orders for protection vary in length and purpose, they are sometimes called OFPs, harassment orders, or restraining orders. Often times orders for protection are brought against a person accused of harassment, assault, domestic abuse, stalking or terroristic threats. While the orders are supposed to protect a victim in good faith, they may also...
- Child Pornography Possession / Distribution
- Criminal Vehicular Operation
- Disorderly Conduct
- Domestic Assault
- Drug Crimes
- DWI or DUI
- Felony Offenses
- Gross Misdemeanor
- Gun Rights
- Harassment Restraining Order
- Juvenile Crimes
- Malicious Punishment of a Child
- Marijuana in a Motor Vehicle
- Murder / Homocide
- Obstructing Legal Process
- Order For Protection
- Petty Misdemeanor
- Possesion of Firearm
- Probation Violation
- Sex Crimes
- Sexual Assault
- Traffic Violations
- Underage Drinking
- Underage Drinking and Driving
- White Collar Crimes