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What is the cost of a DWI?

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How much does a DWI actually cost? There is not a hard valuation on the cost of receiving a DWI, but most agree that on a first time offense, the typical cost is upwards of $10,000.00.  How do we come up with that number?  Here is a quick breakdown of some of the unknown costs of a DWI. Towing Fees Officers will only give a couple of minutes to find a sober driver to pick up your car.  If you cannot find anyone a tow truck will be called.  The tow will cost any were between $100.00 to $200.00.  The towing …

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Police Recording Requirement for Interrogations in Minnesota

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By Thomas Hagen If you are taken into police custody and questioned, many things can happen during that questioning.  Some of them might or might not be favorable to you, if you are later prosecuted for a crime.  While you might understandably want the unfavorable parts to disappear, if the questioning isn’t recorded, anything favorable to you can also be lost forever. For that reason, Minnesota law requires that all “custodial” interrogations that occur at a police station or other place of detention must be recorded in their entirety.  If the police fail to comply with this requirement, the court …

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Your Minnesota Criminal Attorney: Private, Public, or Yourself?

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Private attorney The pros to this option are mostly straightforward.  You can choose who the attorney is, and that choice can be made after getting recommendations from friends, lawyer review websites (for example, AVVO is a good place to start).  Your attorney may be more experienced than a public defender and may have a (somewhat!) lighter caseload, thus allowing him or her to pay more attention to the issues that come up in your case. The cons to this option are equally straightforward.  In fact, that should likely be “con” in the singular, since the primary downside is cost:  obviously, unlike …

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