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Recognition of Parentage

Recognition of parentage establishes a legal relationship between a father and his child. Even when a father is not married to the mother of his child, Minnesota provides a way for him to establish his role as the legal father through recognition of parentage (ROP). While the document serves as a way to establish legal...

Five Step Process for Divorce in Minnesota

The Process for divorce in Minnesota consists of five basic steps. The specifics of each case vary based on the individual circumstances involved. Summons and Petition To start a divorce in Minnesota, a summons and petition are filed. A family law attorney may draw up these documents on behalf of his or her client. This...

Risky Behaviors Lead to Minnesota Car Accidents

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), risky behaviors by individuals are the main cause of vehicle crashes throughout the world. In an effort to identify the factors surrounding the dangerous behaviors of drivers, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety’s Office of Transportation (OTS) retained market research and strategic consulting company Corona Insights to...

Police Technology

Police Technology – Is it Constitutional for Police to use new radar device to “see” inside homes What happens when you cross a futuristic stud-finder type device with Doppler radar technology?  You get a body movement detector now being put into use by police officers to determine the presence of people within a home–from the outside....

Avoiding Dog Bites in Mankato

Dog Bites in Minnesota This time of year we open our hearts to humanity. The holiday season also means we open our doors to friends and family. Neighbors drop by to bring baked goods, the postman stops at the doorstep with gifts, and out-of-town family visits more than any other time of the year. For...

MN DWI Test Refusal Statute Not Constitutional!

Chipping Away at Minnesota’s Test Refusal Statute, One Test At a Time. Over the Christmas holiday the Minnesota Court of Appeals was hard at work overturning another part of Minnesota’s DWI laws.  Earlier this year the Court of Appeals found that Minnesota’s test refusal statute was unconstitutional because individuals cannot be charged with a crime...

Avoiding DWIs This Season

This time of year brings family, friends, and festivities throughout all of December. As everyone gets into the spirit of the season, parties are thrown in it’s honor much more often than any other month. Folks travel from all around the country to be with loved ones, catch up on the new, and reminisce on...