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Mankato Driver Arrested With BAC Nearly 6 Times Above Legal Limit, Will Face Gross Misdemeanor Charges

According to a report from The Free Press, a 36-year-old Mankato woman was arrested with an alleged blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.46. For reference, that is nearly six times of the legal blood alcohol limit in Minnesota. Local law enforcement officers noted that she was driving erratically before striking a light pole.  The driver...

When Can a Police Officer in Minnesota Conduct a Search Without a Warrant?

The Fourth Amendment protects people against unreasonable searches and seizures. In general, police officers in Minnesota are required to get a warrant before conducting a search. This raises an important question: Can a police officer conduct a search without a warrant? The short answer is ‘yes’—but only in certain limited circumstances. Here, our Mankato criminal...

Bill to Legalize Adult-Use of Recreational Marijuana Making Progress in Minnesota House of Representatives

According to reporting from CBS Minnesota, the Minnesota recreational marijuana legalization bill continues to make progress in our state capital of Saint Paul. If passed into law, the reform legislation would allow for the adult (21+) use of recreational marijuana and would create a system to expunge many prior marijuana-related convictions. Here, our Mankato drug...

Is Spousal Support Always Awarded After a Divorce in Minnesota?

After a marital separation in Minnesota, the financially disadvantaged partner may be eligible to receive ongoing payments from their former spouse. You may be wondering: Is alimony guaranteed after a divorce in Minnesota? The answer is ‘no’—spousal support will only be granted if certain basic criteria are satisfied. In this article, our Mankato alimony lawyers...

DWIs and Commercial Drivers in Minnesota: What You Need to Know

As explained by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, a driver needs a commercial driver’s license (CDL) to lawfully operate a wide range of commercial vehicles in the state, including large trucks, delivery trucks, tow trucks, buses, and much more. If you are a commercial driver, a DWI charge is a very serious problem. In...

Family & Divorce in Minnesota: An Overview of the Parenting Agreement Worksheet

Going through a divorce or separation is never easy, especially for parents of young children. To help facilitate the best possible environment for the child, Minnesota encourages parents to come to a parenting plan that outlines parental rights and responsibilities. The Parenting Agreement Worksheet (Minnesota Version) is used to help parents put together an effective...

When Can You Suppress Evidence in a Criminal Case?

Were you arrested and charged with a crime in Minnesota? If so, you are probably already aware of the fact that your innocence is presumed until you are proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. A criminal charge is not the same as a conviction. To obtain a conviction in a criminal case, the prosecution has...