Defendants Must Sign Plea Petitions, Attorneys Should Not Sign on Their Behalf As crazy as it sounds, defendants must sign plea petitions, attorneys should not sign on their behalf. Since COVID hit March 2020, the court system underwent a drastic change to video hearings. More than two years later, many courts are still conducting hearings…

Trying a Kid as an Adult: MN Supreme Court Evaluates Judge’s Adult Certification Ruling Before a juvenile can be tried as an adult in Minnesota, the prosecution needs to file a motion for certification for adult prosecution. Then, unless stipulated to in the rare circumstance, a certification hearing will take place. There, the prosecution and…

Lab Tests on Marijuana Not Needed to Survive Probable Cause Challenge “Can you get my case thrown out?” People often ask their criminal defense lawyer that question. They want the magic to happen. They do not even want the case to get to trial. Find the technicality. Get it dismissed. And, let’s bounce. As an…

Recordings Without Complaining Witness Admissible in Domestic Assault Cases? MN Supreme Court to Decide Confrontation Clause Issue As criminal defense lawyers, we often hear “what if the witness does not show up? Won’t they have to dismiss my case?” These questions come up in all types of criminal cases, but more commonly, they get asked…

When Can You Invoke Your Miranda Rights? MN Supreme Court Says Not Too Early Knowing when can you invoke your Miranda rights should be simple, right? The cops want to talk to you about something, you think all I have to do is say I want a lawyer and I should be good, right…right? Unfortunately,…

How Long Do DWI Cases Take? It depends. From arrest to final disposition, it can be a matter of a few days to a few years. Factors that impact the length of your case include: the level of your DWI charge, the facts of your case, the location, and how long it takes for a…

How Do I Beat My DUI Case in MN? You may be wondering how do I beat my DUI case in MN. Often, the first thing to review is how you encountered law enforcement. DUI cases often start with a traffic stop. Some begin when the vehicle is already stopped. In either event, reviewing whether…

Is it Worth Getting a Lawyer for my DWI in MN?   Short answer: yes. It is worth getting a lawyer for your DWI. You likely expect that answer in this post from a law firm representing people on DWIs and criminal defense. However, DWI attorneys know the nuances of DWI laws and can add…

How Much Is a DWI Going to Cost Me in MN? The overall cost a DWI in Minnesota generally varies. There are four levels of DWI in Minnesota. The higher the level (first degree felony is the worst / fourth degree misdemeanor is the least severe), the higher the likelihood you will pay more for…

How Likely is Jail Time for First DWI in MN?  For most people, jail time on a first DWI in Minnesota is unlikely. A more definitive answer mainly depends on how serious that first DWI is and the location of where your DWI occurred. The severity levels of DWIs in Minnesota range from first degree…

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