“If I go to jail tonight, promise you’ll pay my bail.”[1] Ahh, the signs of true love: don’t worry hunny, if you go to jail, I will bail you out. Often times, however, the bail process is not so easy. Especially in Minnesota. Importantly, every arrest does not trigger bail. Just because a cop places…

“Woop Ba-Woop Woop Wooop!” What the..? Is that a cop? Is it meant for me? What did I do? I wasn’t speeding. What is your first thought when you hear the dreaded wail of your friendly neighborhood police cruiser and realize it is for you? Wondering why a cop pulled you over is typically your…

Minnesota’s New DWI Law – .16 or More BAC is Now an Aggravating Factor: Resulting in a Gross Misdemeanor for First-Time Offenders Many new laws take effect tomorrow (August 1, 2015) in Minnesota. The most significant new DWI law deals with alcohol concentration levels. Most everyone knows the legal limit to drink and drive is…

If you hire a hitman to take out your horrible boss; if you give your bookie your neighbor’s garage code and the location of the keys for their ’67 Mustang; if you drive the getaway car for your girlfriend after she steals Justin Bieber’s diamond earrings; then you may be criminally liable for aiding and…

You are young. On summer break. Life is good. You might spend all day streaming Netflix on your phone while pretending to fold clothes at your summer job at the Gap. All while making plans for your night. Which may involve drinking alcohol. If you drink, and you are under the age of 21, then…

In State v. Olson, the Minnesota Court of Appeals recently smacked down the Minneapolis City Attorney’s Office for acting in bad faith. The act? On the day of trial, the prosecutor told the district court judge if it denies its request to continue a trial date, it will dismiss the case and refile the charges….

Minnesota’s New Reckless Driving Law Much of the publicity about Minnesota’s new laws going into effect on August 1st is about the reduction of a person’s blood alcohol concentration from .20 to .16 as an aggravating factor in DWI cases. In the fine print of the same bill, Minnesota changed its Reckless Driving statute, 169.13,…

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