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Aggravating Factors and Degrees of DWI

As you’ve read here before, DWI law in Minnesota is a complicated topic.  One of them is aggravating factors and the various degrees of DWI in Minnesota law.  To help unravel the confusion behind this, an overview of the topic might be useful. Minnesota law recognizes four different degrees of

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Criminal Sentencing in Minnesota

Criminal sentencing in Minnesota works very differently for felony charges versus misdemeanor or gross misdemeanor cases.  Generally speaking, judges have very wide latitude to do whatever they think is appropriate when sentencing misdemeanor or gross misdemeanor cases.  Some offenses have mandatory minimums or other requirements, but generally the judge has

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Minnesota’s Assault – Fear Statute

I’ve spoken with a lot of people over the years who were shocked to find themselves charged with assault when they felt that they hadn’t done anything of the sort.  Did you know that you can be charged with assault in Minnesota without ever hurting anybody?  Or even touching them? 

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Speeding Tickets and the Dimler Amendment

Did you know that not all speeding violations will go on your driving record, even if you’re convicted?  It’s true, thanks to the man shown above, Chuck Dimler.  Mr. Dimler was a farmer-turned-legislator who seems to have had strong feelings about traffic laws (or may just a heavy foot?).  In

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What is “beyond a reasonable doubt?”

One of the bedrock principles of American criminal justice jurisprudence is the concept of proof “beyond a reasonable doubt.”  But what the heck does that mean, and how does it work in practice? Every criminal defendant has a number of important constitutional rights.  Two of the most sacred are the

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Why Have I Been Charged With Two Counts of DWI?

This might be the single most common question I get from people calling about DWI cases. DWI offenses come in all shapes and sizes (I’ve seen some pretty bizarre cases), but the most common example involves someone on their way home after, say, a sporting event, social gathering, or happy

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