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Criminal Law in Minnesota: What Does it Actually Mean to Plead the Fifth?

If you have seen virtually any crime show or legal procedural, you have likely seen someone plead the “fifth” to avoid answering questions. You may be wondering: How does pleading Fifth work in real life? The short answer is that any person can exercise their constitutionally protected right against self-incrimination by declining questions while in …

A Guide for Handling Joint Accounts During and After a Divorce in Minnesota

Studies suggest that two-thirds (or more) of married couples primarily use joint financial accounts.  You may have a joint checking account, joint savings account, and/or joint credit cards. One of the more challenging aspects of getting divorced is untangling all of these joint financial accounts. At Kohlmeyer Hagen, Law Office Chtd., we provide solutions-focused family …

Five Tips to Help You Manage Your Finances Through a Divorce

While thousands of married couples separate every year in Minnesota, a divorce is never easy for the person that is actually going through it. There are undoubtedly many things on your mind—your finances should not take a backseat. It is crucial that you have the knowledge, tools, and resources to protect your financial interests. Here, …

What are the Penalties for Failure to Register as Sex Offender in Minnesota?

In Minnesota, a number of different sex crimes require a convicted person to register as sex offender. The state has strict sex offender registration requirements. A person who fails to comply with the sex offender registration requirements found in MN Statutes § 243.166 can face serious criminal penalties. In this article, our Mankato sex crimes …

How is Child Support Calculated in Minnesota?

In Minnesota, parents have a basic responsibility to provide financial support for their kids. The amount of child support is largely determined based on the income of each parent and the time the child spends with each parent. Though, other factors may be relevant as well. Here, our Mankato family law attorney provides a more …

Criminal Defense: How Do You Invoke Your Right to an Attorney?

If you are being investigated for criminal charges, interrogated by police, or you have already been placed under arrest, you have important legal rights. Here are two key rights that anyone facing criminal allegations should understand: Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: You have a right to remain silent. You are not required to answer …

Family Law: What are the Steps to Take to Get a Restraining Order in Minnesota?

Domestic violence remains a serious public safety issue. According to the Minnesota Department of Health, approximately 36 percent of women and a significant percentage of men will be the victim of intimate partner violence during the course of their life. A restraining order is a source of legal protection for victims of family violence. This …

Will I Be Required to Post Bail After a DWI Arrest in Minnesota?

It is unlawful to drive while impaired by alcohol or illicit drugs in Minnesota. If you are arrested on DWI charges, you will be taken into custody. This raises an important question: Do you have to post bail after being charged with a DWI in Minnesota? The answer depends largely on the specific circumstances of …

Will a Child Be Called to Testify in a Custody in Minnesota?

Whether you are preparing to get divorced or are already separated, going through a custody and visitation dispute is never easy. Undoubtedly, you want to protect your children while ensuring that you are in the best position to assert your parental rights and do what is right for your family. You may be wondering: Do …

What to Know About the Different Degrees of Assault in Minnesota

Assault is one of the most common criminal charges filed in our region. As noted by the Cornell Legal Information Institute, the specific definition of assault varies by jurisdiction. In Minnesota, there are actually five different degrees of assault. The charge can range from a misdemeanor offense all the way to a severe felony. In …