Sometimes, people hear the term “drunk driver” and picture someone who is so inebriated that he or she can’t stand. Minnesota law sees things differently. Recently, authorities began a “Buzzed Driving” campaign meant to educate Minnesota residents about what really constitutes “drunk driving.” In Minnesota, as in all states, the legal blood-alcohol content limit to …Continue reading "Minnesota’s ‘Buzzed’ Public Awareness Campaign Is A Good First Step"
After a woman died in a house fire at the end of 2013, local news outlets reported that her boyfriend was taken into custody. Along with arson, the charges he’s currently facing include second-degree intentional murder and second-degree unintentional murder while committing a felony. The death is tragic, and now it’s up to the state …Continue reading "The Meaning of Second Degree Murder Charges"
Minnesota Vikings linebacker Erin Henderson was arrested Jan. 1 and has now been charged with his second DWI in two months. Henderson was involved in a single-vehicle accident in Carver County just before 1 p.m. on Jan. 1. Sheriff’s deputies said when they arrived; they found a black SUV bearing signs of heavy damage, as …Continue reading "Vikings LB Henderson Charged With DWI Again"
In Minneapolis, a mayoral candidate recently became a victim of assault and attempted robbery at the Mall of America. A local news article reports that two teenaged girls, one of them 17 and the other 18, face two charges of aggravated robbery and an additional charge of second-degree assault; all of these are felonies. (Reports …Continue reading "Recent Aggravated Robbery and Assault Case in Minneapolis"
Duluth is assessing whether its significant college population has a drinking culture after a young woman nearly froze to death after a night out with friends. While this particular story does not have a DWI element, I thought it was still worth writing about. My work as a Minneapolis criminal defense lawyer requires me to …Continue reading "Duluth Assesses Drinking Culture After Woman Nearly Freezes To Death"
If you’re one of the many Hennepin County people with a warrant out for your arrest, it may be time to contact a Minneapolis DWI Attorney. Currently the sheriff is conducting warrant sweeps through the end of the year, especially focusing on DWI warrants. Warrant sweeps are where a law enforcement agency attempts to follow …Continue reading "Be Aware of Hennepin County Warrant Sweep for DWI offenders"
Police in Crystal believe that a vehicle that rammed into a police car one Saturday night in early December was being driven by a drunk driver. Details on the incident are scant, but WCCO reports that the accident occurred around 12:30 a.m. at the intersection of County Road 81 and 62nd Street. Evidently, there were …Continue reading "Crystal Crash Blamed On Alleged Drunk Driver"
The Minnesota Supreme Court is poised to hear a very interesting argument: Should a person who drives drunk to flee danger be charged with DWI? It isn’t an abstract question. The case was brought by a rural Minnesota woman who fled her husband when she was intoxicated. One night in May 2011, the woman and …Continue reading "Should Woman Fleeing Abusive Husband Get DWI?"