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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...

Axelberg vs. Minnesota – Is it DUI or necessity defense?

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

A very interesting case just finished running its way through the Minnesota Court system and is now being deliberated by the Minnesota Supreme Court. It is a case, Axelberg vs, Minnesota, that begs the question: “Does the necessity defense supersede DUI?” Today we're going to look at the case of...

What are the social host liability laws in Minnesota?

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

It may be tough to believe it by looking out the window, but spring is almost here. If you have teenagers in your home, especially high school seniors, this will be a time of celebrating with proms and graduations on the horizon. And as you prepare for these parties, the subject of serving alcoho...

What is needed to obtain a search warrant?

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

Obtaining a real search warrant isn't as easy as it appears in television crime dramas. It requires law enforcement officers to establish probable cause and have a strong foundation for the request before they seek the warrant. Today, we're going to look at what that foundation includes. The fir...

Federal Charges Brought Against Bitcion Exchangers

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

The United States Attorney of the Southern District of New York has brought charges against Bitcoin exchangers, including the CEO of a Bitcoin exchange company called BitInstant. The other defendant was using bit coin through a website called Silk Road, which is alleged to be used for selling ill...

Precharge investigations: Why do I need a lawyer?

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

Being investigated for a crime can be one of the most stressful times of your life. Unfortunately, many people mistakenly believe they don't need a lawyer during this process. But, having a lawyer during this phase is often very crucial. A precharge investigation can be extremely stressful. Obta...

What are whiskey plates?

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

If you are charged with a DWI, you will face many consequences from a conviction. And, depending on the circumstances of your DWI arrest, one of those consequences could be the impoundment of your license plates and their replacement with special registration plates, otherwise known as whiskey pl...

What is theft by swindle?

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

Theft by swindle falls under Minnesota Statute 609.2 Subd. 2(4) which states: “by swindling, whether by artifice, trick, device, or any other means, obtains property or services from another person.”  It is the deliberate attempt to trick that defines a swindle case. Selling a knock-off purse or ...

What is reasonable suspicion?

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

Reasonable suspicion, otherwise known as reasonable articulable suspicion, is one of the most important clauses in all of traffic law. Why? Because according to the law, a police officer cannot pull you over unless the officer has reasonable suspicion of criminal activity. The rule originates fr...

What is probable cause?

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

You have likely heard the term “probable cause” in reference to a police investigation. Probable cause is a legal standard that allows the government to search and seize. Let's take a closer look at what probable cause entails. Probable cause has been defined as: “where known facts and circumsta...

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