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How Do Prosecutors Prove Drugged Driving in Minnesota?

Drunk driving has long been a serious public safety issue in the United States. Drugged driving is a less appreciated, but no less severe problem. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) reports that 12.6 million Americans admitted to driving while under the influence of illicit drugs in 2018 alone. Highway safety experts believe the …

Family Law: Your Guide to Voluntary Recognition of Parentage in Minnesota

A married man is presumed to be the father of his wife’s child. No paperwork is required. However, unmarried couples face some additional challenges. They do have to take action to establish paternity in Minnesota. That is not to say that doing so is always complicated: Through the Minnesota Voluntary Recognition of Parentage form, an …

My Fourth Amendment Rights Were Violated in Southern Minnesota: What are My Options?

Under the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution, “the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated.” In other words, it is illegal for the police to conduct a search (or seizure) of your person/property without probable cause or …

Estate Planning and Divorce in Minnesota: A Guide to the Key Things to Know

It is never easy to separate from a spouse. During the course of a marriage, so much of your life becomes intertwined. Leaving aside all of the emotional challenges, there are a number of different logistical issues that must be addressed and resolved.  As an example, you may have questions about what you need to …

I Have an Outstanding Bench Warrant in Minnesota—What Should I Do?

Whether the result of a mistake, a miscommunication, or an accident, you could find out that you have an active bench warrant out. As described by the Cornell Legal Information Institute, a bench warrant is a written order from a judge authorizing an arrest. In most cases, bench warrants are issued because a defendant missed …

Will You Go to Jail for Soliciting a Prostitute in Minnesota?

In Minnesota, it is unlawful to solicit or engage in prostitution. Recently, law enforcement officers in our region have been cracking down on these types of offenses. A solicitation charge should not be taken lightly. A conviction for a solicitation offense can carry stiff penalties—potentially including jail time. In this article, our Mankato solicitation defense …

My Child Was Arrested: Will They End Up With a Criminal Record?

We all know that young people can get themselves into trouble—especially if they are teenagers. As noted in the official state government data, approximately 20,000 juveniles are arrested in Minnesota each year. There are few things more stressful or confusing that learning that your child has been arrested. Parents must worry about both the immediate …