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Assault in Minnesota – Exploring the Types of Assault Crimes

Assault laws in Minnesota are an important piece of our criminal justice system.  And Minnesota is not alone. In fact, the oldest known criminal laws (written over 4,000 years ago!) included punishments for what we now call assault.  Being familiar with these laws and how they work is essential for

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Drug Charges in Minnesota – A Big Break for Some Cases

Minnesota’s criminal law is pretty hard on drug crimes.  As of July 2023, over 1,300 people in Minnesota’s prisons were there because of drug offenses.  That’s nearly 1 in every 5!  Although sentencing reform has become a hot topic in recent years, sentences for drug crimes can remain very harsh.

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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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The Importance of Good Lawyering

Earlier this week, the Minnesota Court of Appeals issued an interesting ruling highlighting the need for defense attorneys to be aware of the precise statutory requirements for DWI investigations in Minnesota.  In this case, a man was pulled over and arrested for driving while under the influence.  The arresting officer

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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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