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 Whether your license was revoked or canceled as inimical (dangerous) to public safety, you may still be able to drive again soon.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...
Summer is upon us which means the kids are off school for a couple of months. It also means that many youth are spending more time at the mall, on the streets and in the shops. If your youth has gotten himself or herself in trouble over the school holidays and is facing a juvenile conviction, it is a smart...
Have you been arrested of a DUI? Is this your first offense? Are you unsure whether to hire a lawyer, to accept the consequences or to try and defend yourself? When it comes to first degree DUI offenses, it may seem like a waste of time and money to hire a Minnesota DWI attorney. After all, this was just a...
Facing license suspension? Unfortunately this is a serious and very annoying punishment for those who have acted recklessly on and off the road. If you are facing a license suspension, it is in your best interest to contact a Minneapolis traffic offense lawyer. You may be able to get your suspension reduced or completely cleared allowing you to get behind...
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