Oct
1

Snapchat Use Sends MN Man to Prison for Sex Crimes

 On September 7, 2021, a Minnesota man pleaded guilty to producing sexually explicit images and videos of a minor. The man contacted a 9-year-old girl on Snapchat. He then lied about his age in order to get her to send him sexually explicit material. He admitted to soliciting similar material from more than twenty minors.

The Minnesota man will face sentencing on January 4, 2022 for serious sex crimes against a minor. Under 609.352 of Minnesota statutes, he could be required to pay up to $5,000 in fines and spend up to three years in prison.

Here is what you need to know about Minnesota laws around Electronic Solicitation of Children to Engage in Sexual Conduct.

Definitions

Under Minnesota state [...]

Oct
1

MN Domestic Violence Protective Orders: Common Conditions

Just as in other states, Minnesota takes threats and violence between members of the same household very seriously – and they take action to protect those who are vulnerable.

Minnesota provides victims of domestic violence with a form of legal protection called an “order for protection”. This order contains many conditions. If you are named as the person against whom the order was issued, violating these conditions can send you to jail.

If you’re not sure what an order for protection is or what it does, then read on to find out more to help you stay within the confines of the law.

Order For Protection: What Is It?

When a domestic abuse case is pending between family or household [...]

Sep
17

DUI |

What You Should Know About Labor Day DUIs in MN

Labor Day weekend is about saying goodbye to summer for another year, but it can have one lasting impact you may not have planned for – a DUI.

Driving under the influence is a very serious crime in Minnesota that can complicate your life in a number of ways, even if it’s a first offense. If you were picked up for a DUI over Labor Day weekend, try not to panic.

Instead, understand the things you need to know in order to get the best outcome for your case. Here are some important Minnesota DUI facts you need to know.

What Is a DUI in Minnesota?

DUI is short for the term “driving under the influence.” It often involves the [...]

Sep
10

The Best Defenses Against Minnesota Drug Crimes

In Minnesota, drug laws are strictly enforced. If convicted of drug crimes in the state, you can face severe penalties that will alter the course of your life forever.

That’s why if you’re charged with a drug crime in Minnesota, your best option is to mount a robust defense in court so that you are found not guilty. Experienced drug crime attorneys can help you with these defenses.

Which defense is best? That depends on your individual case and the circumstances surrounding it. But a few defenses can help those who are accused. Here’s what you need to know about drug crimes in Minnesota and the best defenses against them.

What Does the Law Say?

In Minnesota, drug crimes that [...]

Sep
10

Can a Minnesota Sex Crime Be Expunged From Your Record?

For many in Minnesota who have been convicted of a crime, a fresh start sounds like a great idea. The law recognizes this, which is why some crimes can be expunged from your record in the state under certain circumstances.

However, there are some crimes that can never be expunged from your record in Minnesota, including sex crimes. That’s why a robust defense against sex crimes charges is always the best option, so a conviction doesn’t follow you around for the rest of your life.

Here’s what you need to know about sex crimes in Minnesota, possible penalties, and crimes that can be expunged in our state.

What Is a Sex Crime in Minnesota?

Here in Minnesota, sex crimes such [...]

Sep
10

What Happens When You’re Charged with MN Domestic Assault?

Minnesota has some very tough assault laws on the books, some of the toughest in the entire country. That’s why if you’ve been charged with domestic assault, you may be looking at some serious consequences.

If you’ve been charged with domestic assault, you may have a lot of questions. Here’s what you need to know.

What Is Domestic Assault?

In Minnesota, assault is defined as purposefully inflicting or trying to inflict bodily harm on someone else—or acting in a way that purposefully places them in fear of bodily harm or death. It becomes domestic assault when this is perpetrated against a member of the household or family member.

Family or household members are defined by law to be:

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Aug
20

DUI |

Is a DUI a Misdemeanor or Felony in Minnesota? It Depends

In Minnesota, getting a DWI or DUI can lead to serious consequences. The fact is that a DWI in Minnesota can be charged as a misdemeanor or as a felony – the facts surrounding the case as well as any prior record the accused may have will influence how it is charged.

A Duluth man was arrested for a DUI recently after crashing into a pole. No one besides the driver was injured, but police discovered his blood alcohol level was over two times the legal limit. He will be charged with a third-degree DUI.

So, when is a DUI in Minnesota a misdemeanor and when is it a felony? Read on to find out.

What Is a DUI in[...]
Aug
20

What Is a Controlled Substance in Minnesota?

Minnesota is no different from every other state in the U.S. in that it has laws surrounding the possession, manufacture, and sale of controlled substances. The laws in Minnesota break these substances up into different schedules. They base penalties on those different drug schedules.

The sentencing guidelines in the state vary by degree as well, with a first-degree offense as the most serious—and a fifth-degree offense as the least. But be aware that even small amounts of drugs can sometimes set a person up for some harsh sentencing.

The drug laws in Minnesota can be complex. Here’s what you need to know about what Minnesota considers controlled substances and the penalties that can be faced for violating the laws surrounding [...]

Aug
6

Minnesota Sex Crimes: Your Frequently Asked Questions

Being arrested for a sexual conduct offense in Minnesota is a difficult and alarming situation to go through. You may have many questions about being arrested and what that can mean for your future.

In Minnesota, there are several consequences that can occur when someone is charged with a sexual conduct crime. Several factors play a role in charges and penalties of these crimes, and that often leaves people with numerous questions.

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about sex crimes in Minnesota to help you understand what these types of charges mean and how they can impact your future.

What Does Minnesota Consider a Sex Crime?

In Minnesota, different degrees of criminal sexual conduct encompass many [...]

Aug
6

Minnesota Domestic Assault: Misdemeanor or Felony?

Domestic assault is a crime taken very seriously in Minnesota, but there isn’t simply one way it can be committed nor one way it is punished. In fact, the state has a wide range of charges and penalties that can arise from a domestic assault incident.

Here’s what you need to know about domestic assault in Minnesota: what it is, what penalties you can face, and what influences if domestic assault is charged as a misdemeanor or a felony.

Domestic Assault in Minnesota

In Minnesota, assault is classified as “trying to cause or intentionally cause bodily harm to another person or perpetrating an act for the purpose of placing another person in fear for their life or of bodily harm”.[...]