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TOP 10 DRUG CHARGE DEFENSES

Minnesota law prohibits the possession, manufacture, and sale of certain controlled substances. If you are charged with a drug crime, there may be several drug defenses available. One should always consult with an attorney if charged with a criminal offense, but the following are the top ten defenses one might use to combat a drug...

DWI Is An Enhanceable Offense in Minnesota

Minnesota treats DWI charges seriously, but the level of severity of such a charge is significantly increased for those who have already been convicted of the same charge. The previous conviction is considered an aggravating factor, although the court will not review a defendant’s complete driving history to determine whether the charge is a repeat...

What Is Reasonable Suspicion For a Minnesota DWI Stop?

In order to stop vehicles in Minnesota, police officers must have a minimum of reasonable suspicion of criminal activity on the part of the occupants. While reasonable suspicion is less than the probable cause that is necessary for an arrest, it involves more than an inarticulable hunch. Instead, it must be a reasonable suspicion that...

New Test Catches “High” Drivers

Police was given a new weapon to combat drugged driving, a mouth-swab that can test if a driver recently used drugs. Drugged driving, like intoxicated driving, is illegal. However, police have struggled to define a consistent method to test drivers and assess (1) if they are under the influence of drugs and (2) if they...

Get Your Driving Privileges Back After a DWI

One of the most common questions we get is when can I get my driving privileges back after a DWI? Individuals who are convicted of DWI crimes in Minnesota may qualify to enter the state’s Interlock Ignition Device Program. The program allows offenders to continue driving provided they adhere to program requirements and complete other...

“High” Driving Sees Increase Over Past Few Years

A report released by the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility and the Governor’s Highway Safety Association found that the number of American fatalities in car crashes in which drugs were present or detected in car eclipsed the number of fatalities in which only alcohol was present. These findings indicate that as marijuana (and potentially other...

Can a DWI Be Expunged in Minnesota?

Expunging Records When DWI MN records are expunged, they are sealed by the court. A DWI Minnesota is considered a crime that creates a criminal record in the court system. A criminal record is hard to escape, since it’s disclosed on all types of important documents that are used by employers, lenders and banks, home...

What You Need to Know About Minnesota’s Open Container Law

In Minnesota, certain individuals can be held liable for illegally transporting an open container of alcohol inside motor vehicles that are on public streets or highways. People who are found to be in violation of the state’s open container law could face criminal charges. By familiarizing themselves with open container laws in the state, drivers,...

Stand Your Ground Gains Ground in Minnesota

In Minnesota, 36.7% of citizens own firearms and the State of Minnesota is debating adoption of “Stand Your Ground” legislation so that individuals can use these weapons to protect themselves from violent crimes. If passed, Minnesota would become the 34th “Stand Your Ground” state. Open Carry and Conceal Carry Minnesota allows permitted individuals to openly...