Attorney Ben Koll Wins Motion to Suppress and Dismiss in DWI Case Recently, Attorney Ben Koll of Ambrose Law Firm won a motion to suppress and dismiss all charges in a Hennepin County DWI case. Here is a recap of his victory. In the Spring of 2020, just after the death of George Floyd, T.R….

Speedy Trial Demands During the COVID-19 Pandemic Since the beginning of the pandemic, courts across Minnesota and the nation have been dealing with an excess of court delays, cancellations, remote hearings, and continuances. The backlog of cases is gluttonous in some jurisdictions. For some defendants, waiting longer for their case to conclude is not that…

“Have you been drinking?” Legal Question Says MN Supreme Court During DWI Traffic Stop  Recently, the Minnesota Supreme Court waded into the waters of DWI traffic stops. In State v. Taylor, a cop approached a driver and asked him if he had been drinking. What is so wrong with that question, you ask? The officer…

Arizona Changes the Game in Jury Selection by Eliminating Peremptory Challenges Peremptory challenges allow attorneys to strike potential jurors from sitting on the jury without a reason unless it is motivated by race, ethnicity, or sex. This allows each side to remove potential jurors that they do not feel are best for their case without…

Woman Gets DWI While on Autopilot in Tesla Recently, a California woman got arrested for a DWI while driving her Tesla on autopilot. Allegedly, the woman passed out at the wheel while her husband was following her in another vehicle. Tesla’s self-driving mode allegedly took over command of the woman’s car. While the vehicle drove…

Minnesota Supreme Court Narrows Scope of Third-Degree Murder: State v. Noor On Wednesday, the Minnesota Supreme Court narrowed the prosecution’s scope of third-degree murder cases in State v. Noor. This is a highly publicized case throughout Minnesota and the nation. Noor, a Minneapolis cop at the time, was riding in the passenger seat of a…

Crime Lab Testing Not Required to Find Probable Cause: MN Fifth Degree Possession Recently, the Minnesota Court of Appeals determined that the prosecution does not need to have a definitive scientific test establishing a criminal level of THC to survive a probable cause challenge in a fifth degree possession case. In most drug possession cases…

New License Plate Impoundment / Whiskey Plates Law Whiskey Plates or Special Registration Plates are a requirement for drivers and vehicle owners who have been served an Order of License Plate Impoundment pursuant to DWI offenses. The Minnesota Legislature recently enacted a new law that allows for people to remove whiskey plates from their vehicles…

Legalities of CBD, Delta-8, and Other Hemp & Cannabis Products: 2018 Federal Farm Bill Recently, you likely noticed an inundation of new hemp products. There are hemp lotions, hemp teas, hemp fabrics, hemp straws, and hemp disposable utensils. And, even hemp seeds in food products! Scientists can more freely study the medical benefits and side…

Mentally Incapacitated Does Not Include Voluntary Intoxication in MN Criminal Sexual Conduct Cases: State v. Khalil Recently, Minnesota’s Supreme Court addressed the definition of mental incapacitation in the criminal sexual conduct statutes in State v. Khalil. Specifically, the court evaluated whether mental incapacitation includes someone who is voluntary intoxicated. Focusing on the word “voluntary”, the…

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