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DWI cases trigger more than simply going through criminal court. Receiving a citation, or formal complaint, listing your DWI charges can be awfully disheartening to read. Worries about your criminal record, jail time, and what might happen can be overwhelming. Adding further stress to the situation is wondering what is going to happen to your…

Recently, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Collins v. Virginia. The Court pinned two popular Fourth Amendment terms against each other: curtilage v. the automobile exception. In this case, the issue is whether a motorcycle parked on a driveway next to a house under a tarp is curtilage of a home warranting…

It depends on what the meaning of the word “was” was. In a 4-3 decision, the Minnesota Supreme Court engaged in a battle of statutory interpretation to limit the scope of offenses eligible for expungement in State v. S.A.M. Even though the legislature’s most recent expungement law’s intent was to broaden the scope of possible…

In the wake of the United States Supreme Court’s decision in Bernard v. Minnesota,[1] speculation ensued about how courts would apply the high court’s analysis. So far, two significant cases indicate the direction judicial officers are pointing us. Those cases are Hexom v. Minnesota and State v. Otto. In Hexom, he petitioned for a writ…

Recently, we discussed Kanye’s request to have Rihanna pay his bail and the impact jurisdiction plays in determining whether bail will be set in Part I. In this installment, we explain the second biggest factor in determining whether bail is set in a case: the type and level of offense. Type & Level of Offense…

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