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New Minnesota Expungement Laws for 2015

posted on April 14, 2015

An expungement allows you to seal a criminal record so that it cannot be used by employers, landlords, or other parties against you. Minnesota recently changed its expungement laws to make it easier for petitioners to get an exupngement. The new laws also allow a court to seal more records than may have been available […]

Police search of car during DWI auto stop

posted on February 24, 2014

Let’s say you’re driving home after  a night at the bar and you see the flashing lights behind you. The police officer pulls you over, walks up to the window and asks for your license and registration. The officer asks some questions about your drinking, conducts some field sobriety tests, and has you blow into […]

Plea Bargain in Minnesota Criminal Case

posted on January 10, 2014

Very few Minnesota criminal charges end up going to trial. The majority of them are typically resolved with a plea bargain. So, what is a plea bargain and how does it work? Plea Bargain A plea bargain is an agreement between the prosecutor and defendant to resolve the matter with a plea by the defendant […]

What is a Warrant and Summons in Minnesota

posted on January 8, 2014

Under Minnesota law, there are a few ways that the State can file a criminal charge against a defendant. For minor offenses, you may receive a ticket with few details and a court date. For more severe offenses, you will typically receive a complaint. If a charge, whether for DWI, drugs, theft, assault, or prostitution, […]

What to know if a police officer stops you

posted on January 5, 2014

For someone with a Minnesota criminal charge, I often find that the most crucial part of the case happened before the defendant had a St. Paul Criminal Defense Lawyer. From a DWI to drug possession, the moment that the police officer stops you is often crucial to determine whether you will be charged with a […]

Minnesota Domestic Assault Charge

posted on January 2, 2014

Domestic assault cases typically cause confusion and difficult situations for both the defendant and alleged victim. A number of domestic assault cases that I’ve handled have started with the defendant wondering why the case was continuing when the victim said that she did not want to continue pressing charges or said that she initially lied […]

Charged with DWI? Keep Your License with the Ignition Interlock Device Program

posted on November 25, 2013

According to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, more than 30,000 people are arrested and charged each year with driving while intoxicated, or DWI. The state defines intoxication as operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or higher. Drivers of commercial vehicles can be charged with DWI if they have […]

Police Investigations

posted on November 15, 2013

A common question that comes up is whether you should talk to the police before you’ve been charged. Most people want to state their side of the story and hopefully avoid prosecution. However, as the Miranda warning states, anything you say can be used against you. As with most legal questions, there is no clear […]