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Exigent Circumstances - Danger and Safety

Posted by Eric Olson | Jul 16, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Fourth Amendment and search warrant law are an increasingly complex area of the law. Of particular complexity are situations where a search warrant is not required. This blog will discuss a few types of exigent circumstances that can justify a warrantless search.

When can an officer pull you over?

Posted by Eric Olson | Jul 16, 2018 | 0 Comments

The question of when an officer can pull someone over is a seemingly simple question with a complex answer. In this blog is a discussion of reasonable and articulable suspicion, including an overview of a recent Minnesota Court of Appeals decision.

Due process challenges to driver's license revocations

Posted by Eric Olson | Jul 16, 2018 | 0 Comments

On March 28, 2017, the Minnesota Supreme Court agreed to hear a case involving the Minnesota Implied Consent Advisory and its Fourth Amendment and Due Process considerations. As some of our readers may know, Implied Consent has been the subject of a great deal of litigation in the last several ye...

International Travel for Sex Offenders

Posted by Eric Olson | Jul 16, 2018 | 0 Comments

A conviction for a sex offense can carry a variety of collateral consequences aside from the usual jail time, probation time, fines, or combination thereof. This blog looks at the impact a conviction for a sex offense can have on an offender's ability to travel to other countries.

Right to an Attorney Following a DUI or DWI Arrest

Posted by Eric Olson | Jul 16, 2018 | 0 Comments

When someone is arrested for DUI or DWI, the law requires that they be given a reasonable amount of time to contact an attorney before deciding whether or not they will submit to a chemical breath test. This blog examines what a reasonable amount of time is and discusses a recent Minnesota Court of Appeals decision on the issue.

The effects of a DWI/DUI on your commercial drivers license

Posted by Eric Olson | Apr 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

If you are convicted of a DWI/DUI, you could face serious criminal, civil and professional consequences as a result. Those consequences will be even more severe if you carry a commercial driver's license (CDL). The effects of a DWI/DUI on your commercial driver's licensecan be catastrophic. If y...

What are the degrees of DWI in Minnesota?

Posted by Eric Olson | Apr 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

Minnesota DUI laws are segmented into first, second, third and fourth degrees. The lower the severity of the offense, the higher the degree of the charge. The degree of your DWI/DUI is based on what we call aggravating factors. Aggravating factors are prior DWI/DUI's in the past 10 years, having ...

Warrantless blood testing in Minnesota

Posted by Eric Olson | Apr 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

What began as a routine traffic stop in 2010 worked its way up to the United States Supreme Court in 2013. Today, we'll take a deeper look at the case of Missouri vs. Tyler G. McNeely, warrantless blood testing and what it means in Minnesota. Missouri vs. McNeely On October 3, 2010, patrolman M...

Criminal penalty for a DWI in Minnesota

Posted by Eric Olson | Apr 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

After being convicted of a DWI or DUI in the state of Minnesota, the offender is subject to civil and criminal penalties that vary depending on the level and severity of the DWI or DUI arrest. The penalty level is based on the number of times an individual has been found guilty of alcohol-relate...

What are some common causes of breath test contamination?

Posted by Eric Olson | Mar 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

If you are pulled over for suspected DWI in the state of Minnesota, you may be asked to provide a breath test to the responding officer. This will allow the officer to measure your blood alcohol content (BAC). In the state of Minnesota, the legal limit is .08, and if your test result shows above ...

DWI: What elements are required for a conviction?

Posted by Eric Olson | Mar 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

Experienced defense attorneys know that no two DWI cases are the same. Each case is different and involves numerous circumstances. But while every DWI case is different in its nuances; the elements required for the state to obtain a DWI conviction remain the same. What are they and why do they ma...

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