Apr
29

When Panic Pushes Minnesota Drivers to Commit Hit-and-Runs

By their very nature, car accidents are startling and unexpected. It’s not uncommon for someone to feel confused and disoriented immediately after an accident, a state of mind that can lead to panic.

A car accident doesn’t automatically hold you criminally culpable, but not dealing with it properly might. If you panic and flee the scene of an accident, you can be on the hook for criminal charges in Minnesota.

Here’s what you need to know about leaving the scene of an accident, known as a “hit and run”, and how to respond if you didn’t stick around until the police showed up at an accident.

What Minnesota Law Says

Minnesota legally defines a hit and run as leaving the [...]

Apr
29

These Mistakes Could Land You Arson Charges in Minnesota

Arson is a crime of intent. That means that a fire was set on purpose – which is a crime that many states, such as Minnesota, take very seriously since it can lead to major property damage and even the loss of life.

In Watertown, the fire department was recently called to an elementary school playground. Upon arrival, they found the playground engulfed in flames. The fire was successfully extinguished, but police are now on the hunt for the perpetrator – because they believe the fire was set intentionally.

While our state has seen its fair share of arsons, sometimes a fire can rage out of control without intent. A person may have meant to start a fire, but that [...]

Apr
22

Can You Sue Your Drug Dealer in Minnesota?

Street drugs are dangerous, as evidenced by the number of people who die each year from accidental drug overdoses.

This trend’s visibility has risen in recent years. The Brainerd Dispatch reported that, compared to 2019, four times as many counterfeit pills were seized from drug traffickers in 2020. Some of these pills are laced with a substance called fentanyl, which can unwittingly lead to overdose and possible death.

The truth of the matter: street drugs simply have no quality control. So it’s impossible to know what you’re buying.

When a mistaken drug causes harm, can drug dealers be sued? You may not think so, but a law from 1999 suggests otherwise.

Here’s what you need to know about the Drug [...]

Apr
9

How Do I Know What Type of MN Auto Coverage I Need?

The sprawling greenery and beautiful waters of the “Land of Lakes” might inspire scenic weekend drives, but most Minnesotans own a car simply to get where they’re going. No matter where you drive, you need insurance to protect yourself, as Minnesota is a no-fault car insurance state.

If you believe a car accident can’t happen to you, think again. According to the Minnesota Office of Public Safety, February of 2021 contained 23 automobile accidents with fatalities, an increase from the previous year. Most accidents were related to alcohol or speeding. These numbers prove that it’s in everyone’s best interest to carry sufficient insurance on the road. You never know what can happen.

Here are the different types of auto coverage [...]

Apr
9

Minnesota Answers: Will My Wife Continue to Receive My Disability When I’m Gone?

It’s a given that the death of a spouse is emotionally shattering, but it can leave a family financially devastated as well. This rings especially true if the deceased was receiving disability benefits through Social Security.

One of the most frequent questions regarding disability benefits: will your spouse be entitled to them after you pass away? It is a complicated question, but it does have an answer. Read on to find out all you need to know about disability benefits that may help your loved ones after you’re gone.

What Is Social Security Disability?

The Social Security Administration runs a program called Social Security Disability Insurance. It is a federal program that assists those who are unable to work due [...]

Apr
9

Administrative vs. Criminal Traffic Violations in Minnesota

Traffic violations can be some of the most confusing issues to resolve. After all, many people receive a speeding ticket at some point in their life, but the outcome of that ticket relies on a variety of factors.

Officials in Minnesota have recently established extra statewide enforcement of traffic speed. The goal of increased law enforcement presence? Reduce accidents, injuries, and deaths related to driving at dangerous speeds.

Many people find the number of different traffic violations confusing. There are administrative violations and criminal ones. But what is the difference? And what penalties are associated with each? Read on to find out.

Minnesota Law: Is It an Administrative or Criminal Violation?

An administrative violation is often associated with breaking the [...]