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Minnesota Domestic Assault Convictions On The Rise

The Star Tribune reports today that the number of Minnesotans convicted of Felony Domestic Assault has risen dramatically in the past 10 years.  The number of convictions has gone from 299 in 2003 to almost 1500 in 2013.  And 315 of the defendants convicted in 2013 went to prison compared to only 44 individuals in 2003.  The average… Read more »

Twelve Police Departments In Minnesota Get More Money To Catch DWI Offenders!

According to WCCO, twelve law enforcement agencies have received grants, financed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, designated for DWI enforcement.  The amounts range between $160,000 and $200,000. The agencies receiving the money under the DWI program are the: Anoka County Sheriff’s Department; Lino Lakes Police Department; Coon Rapids Police Department, Duluth Police Department,… Read more »

A Minnesota DWI Penalty Will Increase On August 1, 2015

The Minnesota Legislature has passed a law, going into effect on August 1, 2015, that will lower the alcohol concentration level at which a first-time DWI driver may be charged with a gross misdemeanor DWI. Under the current law, if a Minnesota driver tests .08%-1.9% alcohol concentration level, the offense is a misdemeanor with a maximum penalty… Read more »

Man Wrongfully Sent To Prison For Bong Water. He Vows To Sue And I Hope He Wins!

On May 25, 2012, the Minnesota River Valley Drug Task Force searched the bedroom of Ryan M. Drown and seized several items including two water bongs. A field test of the water indicated the presence of methamphetamine in both bongs. Mr. Drown  was subsequently charged by an amended complaint with second-and third-degree possession of a controlled substance…. Read more »

Distracted Teenagers Are Among The World’s Worst Drivers

The Washington Post reports today that, “distractions – especially talking with passengers and using cellphones – play a far greater role in car crashes involving  teen drivers than has been previously understood, according to compelling new evidence cited by safety researchers.” The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety analyzed approximately 1,770 videos of teen drivers that… Read more »

65 People Arrested For Minnesota DWI on Super Bowl Sunday

According to the February 3, 2015 StarTribune, police officers arrested 65 people for DWI, before, during and after the Super Bowl.  Maybe some people were disappointed at Seattle’s last-minute loss. Or maybe some fans were just celebrating New England’s victory a bit too much.  In any event, the Minnesota State Patrol reports that law enforcement from… Read more »

Your Minnesota DWI May Now Be Expunged!

Effective January 1, 2015, all non-felony Minnesota DWI offenses are subject to expungement. The waiting periods before the DWI conviction is eligible are as follows: 1.  If the individual was convicted of a misdemeanor DWI, expungement may be granted 2 years after the completion of the sentence; 2.  If the individual was convicted of a gross… Read more »

2015 Changes to Minnesota Expungement Law, Part 2

In my previous article, I discussed the 2015 statutory changes to the Minnesota Expungement Law and explained the eligibility requirements to get your criminal records sealed.  In this article, I will discuss the factors the court must consider once a petition for expungement has been filed. Pursuant to Minnesota Statute § 609A.03, the Court shall… Read more »