Getting arrested for a DWI raises many questions and elicits considerable worry, particularly with respect to the potentially steep criminal and administrative penalties that accompany such a conviction. For those who wish to fight charges, here is a list of the most successful and common ways to challenge a DWI. Challenge the Legality of the… Read more »
Tell-Tale Signs of Intoxication Officers Look For When Making DWI & DUI Stops
Stopping a motorist for suspected drunk driving requires reasonable suspicion of a driver’s intoxication. Law enforcement training includes looking for tell-tale signs that a driver is likely under the influence. When making a traffic stop for a suspected DWI, police officers must identify the driving behavior that drew his/her attention as well as any identified… Read more »
Defending Yourself at Home: What Are Your Rights?
It’s late at night and you just went to bed and turned out the lights. Just as you are about to fall asleep, you hear the unmistakable sound of your front door opening. What do you do to protect yourself and your home. What exactly are your rights? Minnesota Law Under Minnesota law, you can… Read more »
Minneapolis Domestic Violence Defense Attorney
Domestic violence is a terrible thing, and it is an experience that can leave its victims scarred in mind, body, and spirit for the rest of their lives. And while it’s a great deal more common than many people think, being accused of domestic violence is not the same as actually having committed the crime…. Read more »
Can I Get A DWI For Sleeping In My Car In Minnesota?
Have you ever taken a good look at Minnesota’s DWI Law? At first glance, it seems pretty straightforward. It reads as follows: to drive, operate, or be in control of any motor vehicle anywhere in the state while: under the influence of alcohol, a controlled substance, or (knowingly) a hazardous substance, or any combination of… Read more »
Why Does a Person Arrested For DWI Often Receive Multiple DWI Charges?
It is one of the most common questions that clients who have been issued a DWI (driving while impaired) charge ask of their attorneys. They don’t quite understand how a police officer can get away with tacking on multiple DWI charges for the same incident. The reason is that there are usually two different ways… Read more »
What Exactly Is Social Host Liability in Minneapolis?
If you are going to be hosting an event that will have alcohol or alcoholic beverages available for drinking, with people under the legal drinking age of 21 in attendance, then you need to understand how social host liability works in Minneapolis. What is social host liability? The city of Minneapolis has enacted an ordinance that… Read more »
How to Fight Against False Allegations of Domestic Abuse in Minnesota
Domestic abuse is a heinous crime. It is seriously under-reported, and those victims who do have the temerity to step forward and say what’s been happening often put themselves in great danger. Unfortunately, while it is less common, there are people who will allege that a partner or family member has abused them in order… Read more »
Can Police Dogs Sniff at Your Front Door Without a Warrant in Minnesota?
Thanks to the Fourth Amendment, which protects American citizens from unreasonable searches by the government, homeowners can deny a police officer’s request to search their home without a warrant. While the Fourth Amendment is clear about the rights of homeowners in regards to police searches without a warrant, it doesn’t clarify whether police dogs can… Read more »
Mandatory minimum gun laws
The Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines Commission reveals in gun cases across all of Minnesota, judges give less than the mandatory minimum sentence 53% of the time. In Hennepin County, that is increased to 56%. It is nice to know Hennepin County Judges don’t just rubber stamp these types of cases. Rather, they consider all the facts… Read more »
Drinking and Drug Use High in Minnesota’s University Dorms
It has been known for years that drinking and drug use occur in college dorms around the country with those in the Twin Cities and throughout Minnesota not being an exception. Because of the drug and alcohol use occurring in dorms, some are better known for incidents than others. In one dorm, a few students… Read more »
Hennepin County Sheriff Calls for Officers to Carry Heroin Antidote
It has been stated recently that heroin use is escalating in the Twin Cities. Now the Hennepin County Sheriff is calling for officers to carry a Heroin antidote. In addition to the Hennepin County Sheriff, Senator Chris Eaton is also calling for law enforcement officers to carry the antidote, which can save the life of… Read more »
Increase in Domestic Violence in Minnesota Doubles Domestic Homicides
Nearly 40 people across Minnesota have lost their lives in domestic violence incidents in 2013. This is more than double the number of incidents reported in 2012. When family is supposed to bring comfort and love, 37 people across Minnesota experienced the comfort that they were supposed to have turn into violence. That violence then… Read more »
Domestic Violence Target of Twin Cities Law Enforcement Campaign
A Twin Cities law enforcement sweep occurred this month and the target was domestic violence suspects. This campaign was part of a national sweep and it resulted in 12 arrests out of the 100 that were pursued. This sweep was part of the 11th annual National Family Violence Apprehension Detail. This is a nationwide effort… Read more »
Two Men Charged in Minneapolis Robbery-Inspired Shooting Death
On July 11, two men were charged with the robbery-inspired death of a man outside his south Minneapolis home. According to the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s office, Francisco Benitez Hernandez, 38, died at the scene of the shooting on July 8 from multiple gunshot wounds. Two Minneapolis men were arrested in connection with the shooting,… Read more »
Long Lake Burglar Charged
A Minneapolis man has been charged with second-degree burglary in connection with a string of burglaries that occurred in Long Lake. A crime alert was issued after three burglaries occurred on Wolf Point Trail in Long Lake. The Wayzata PD issued the alert. While only charged with one burglary at the time, it is believed… Read more »
Couple in California Accused of Skimming at a Minnesota Gas Station
A couple from California is accused of implanting credit card skimmers on six gas pumps at a New Hope Shell Station early in July. Sarksis Mkhshyan, 29, and Gohar Yesayan, 28, have both been arrested for placing the skimmers on the pumps and were found with a list of 100 other gas stations. Authorities are… Read more »
Golden Valley, MN Criminal Defense Lawyer
The Criminal Procedure is the process that the court system follows as a criminal case makes the journey toward a trial. Your Golden Valley criminal lawyer will work with you through the entire process, which is why it is important for you to contact your attorney as soon as you are arrested and before you… Read more »
Excelsior, MN Criminal Defense Attorney
When you have been arrested, it can be easy to tell the authorities that you did nothing and that they’ve made a mistake. It can also be easy to say other things. Unfortunately, doing so could be used against you. Even if you don’t see your words as something that can be misconstrued and used… Read more »
Criminal Attorney Minnetonka
There are two reasons why individuals turn to attorneys: They need advice or they need an advocate. It is not uncommon for an attorney to be able to predict what the outcome in a case will be, but many times a client needs more than just advice. Advice is not what is usually going to… Read more »