The case of Michelle MacDonald, a Minnesota Supreme Court candidate, highlights a possibility that all drivers face if they’re arrested for DWI. According to local news reports, MacDonald was recently convicted of “refusing to submit to a chemical test” following an incident in which she was pulled over by a police officer. Even though she …Continue reading "Charged with Refusing to Submit to a Chemical Test? Contact a Minneapolis DWI Lawyer"
One of the issues I repeatedly look into as a Minneapolis criminal defense attorney is evidence collection – more specifically, whether the evidence being held against you was obtained properly. Were you searched improperly? Were your assets seized in an unconstitutional way? Police may find something incriminating on your cell phone, in your car, or in …Continue reading "Minneapolis Criminal Defense Attorney Looks at Recent Minnesota Supreme Court Rulings Involving Vehicle Impoundment and Searches"
When people get arrested for alleged crimes involving intoxication, there’s a chance they might not comply with police officers. This can happen if they’re pulled over and arrested for DWI. It can also happen in other instances, such as a recent case where a man with a reported blood alcohol content (BAC) of .29 was …Continue reading "Resisted Arrest When Intoxicated? Consult with a Minneapolis DWI Lawyer"
Earlier this month, a man was arrested on suspicion of DWI after police thought he had been involved in a hit-and-run-collision. According to CBS Minnesota, the accident occurred in downtown Minneapolis around 3:45 a.m. on Sunday, June 8. By the time police arrived a matter of minutes after the collision at South Washington Avenue and …Continue reading "Minneapolis DWI Attorney: Police Allege Downtown Hit-And-Run Driver Had Been Drinking…But Had He?"
Last week a criminal complaint was filed in Meeker County in a case related to a woman earlier this year being assaulted at her Grove City home. The defendant faces first-degree burglary and assault charges in Meeker County District Court, along with one felony count of making terroristic threats. According to the local newspaper, the …Continue reading "Get Good Help When Facing Criminal Charges"
Your right to remain silent comes from the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which is why it’s called pleading or taking the Fifth. The amendment actually says that the accused shall not “…be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself,” and is often referred to the right to be …Continue reading "The Importance of Your Right to Remain Silent"
A nationwide effort by the federal government to determine how many motorists drive while impaired by drugs or alcohol is attracting some criticism for being invasive and possibly in violation of people’s constitutional rights. According to an article in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the National Survey of Alcohol and Drugged Driving has been conducted every …Continue reading "Federal Impaired Driving Survey Attracts Criticism"
Recently, a Brooklyn Center man was arrested and charged with four counts of criminal defamation. What were the circumstances? As it turns out, he allegedly posted multiple sex tapes to Facebook that featured two of his ex-girlfriends. This appears to be an incident of revenge porn, where someone tries to get revenge on a former …Continue reading "Recent Brooklyn Center Revenge Porn Case"
On Oct. 23, the Minnesota Supreme Court upheld Minnesota’s “implied consent” law. This is a very big development in our state’s DWI law because it means that DWI law will, for the most part, continue its course; a decision the other way would have had great implications. “Implied consent” means that when motorists use Minnesota’s …Continue reading "MN Supreme Court Upholds ‘Implied Consent’ Law"
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in late January that police attachments of GPS-tracking devices to automobiles are considered searches under the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution in the case of United States v. Jones. The Fourth Amendment protects against unreasonable searches and seizures by law enforcement. Law enforcement cannot enter someone’s home and …Continue reading "Police GPS Tracking Device Constitutes Search Says U.S. Supreme Court"