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St. Paul Dog Bite Injury Lawyer

Dogs are playful, loyal, and cute. They can also be dangerous enough to cause a severe personal injury. Some dogs are vicious while others bite simply because they misinterpret your actions as threatening. Whatever the reason, a minor dog bite can cause pain and scarring. A severe attack can leave you with torn flesh and… Read more »

Minnesota Drug Crimes & Criminal Penalties: An Overview

Whereas driving under the influence (DUI) and driving while impaired (DWI) is most often associated with alcohol, Minnesota law also prohibits driving while under the influence of drugs or other hazardous substances. Pursuant to Minn. Stat. Ann. § 169A.20, a Minnesota motorist is guilty of a DWI drugs if s/he: Knowingly drives, operates, or is… Read more »

License Plate Impoundment Procedure in Minnesota Following a DWI

Under Minnesota Statute section 168.041, the state may seize, retain, and destroy a motorist’s license plates for repeated DWIs, sobriety test refusals, or other DWI-related offenses. Called impoundment, this process occurs if a motorist is caught driving a motor vehicle after revocation, cancellation, or suspension of his/her driver’s license and/or driving privileges. During an arrest,… Read more »

A Brief Overview of Minnesota’s DWI Ignition Interlock Device Program

As of 1 July 2011, first-time DWI offenders with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .16 or more (twice the legal limit)—as well as all second-time or subsequent alcohol offenders—have the option of regaining driving privileges by participating in the state’s ignition interlock device (IID) program. The IID program improves public safety by permitting eligible… Read more »

Minnesota DWI/DUI and Mandatory Bail

Bail is a set amount of money that a defendant deposits to the court as a condition of being released from jail with the understanding that s/he will return for trial. The facts of the case and defendant’s prior criminal history dictate the amount of bail. In some cases—such as for a defendant charged with… Read more »

What You Should Know about Minnesota Motor Vehicle Forfeitures and Drunk Driving

Pursuant to Minnesota Statute Section 169A.63, in certain DWI cases—as well as other alcohol-related driver’s license suspensions or revocations from other incidents—the arresting officer has the legal authority to seize and forfeit the vehicle involved. Circumstances which make a Minnesota motor vehicle forfeiture legitimate and valid include: A fourth DWI within ten years and the current… Read more »

What Can Happen When You Are Convicted of Minnesota Criminal Sexual Conduct

One of the most frightening things that can happen in life is when police arrest you for a sexual conduct offense. An even scarier event is a conviction for this type of charge. Learn what can happen if a Minnesota court finds you guilty of sexual misconduct. In the state of Minnesota, sexual conduct offenses… Read more »

Domestic Assault in Minnesota: What It Is and What It Means for the Accused

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence reports that the courts in Minnesota saw more than 27,000 cases of domestic violence in 2011. Meanwhile, throughout the United States, there are more than 20,000 phone calls to domestic abuse hotlines every single day. In any close relationship, emotions run high, especially in the event of an argument or divorce…. Read more »

DWI Defense Attorneys Explain Minnesota’s Physical Inability Defense

If you’ve been arrested for driving while impaired (DWI) in Minnesota, you should familiarize yourself with the state’s physical inability defense. Minnesota DWI offenders face both criminal penalties as well as administrative penalties. Like many other states, the severity of these penalties varies depending on your blood alcohol level (BAC), whether or not this is… Read more »