Nov
25

I’m Being Ordered to Pay Restitution in MN — What Does That Mean?

When people say that “crime doesn’t pay,” they’re not exactly being truthful. While it is true that crime won’t end well for anyone involved, it can end in expenses for both the perpetrator and the victim.

Courts in Minnesota often side with the victim when it comes to who is responsible for paying up. Minnesota judges have the authority to order an offender to pay something called restitution to the victims of their crimes.

If you’re not familiar with restitution, then you’re not alone. Here’s what everyone needs to know about restitution, how it’s ordered, how it’s paid, and who is eligible to receive it.

Restitution: An Overview

As part of a criminal case, restitution is ordered to be paid [...]

Nov
20

MN Government Employees Have Rights Under ADA Laws

The Americans with Disability Act (ADA) was groundbreaking legislation that sought to help those with disabilities reduce instances of discrimination in the workplace.

Just as with most legislation, though, it’s a law that not every employer observes at all times – even if the employer is the government.

The Minnesota Department of Human Services itself, in fact, is facing scrutiny after they’ve been accused of not providing workplace accommodations under the ADA. Employees at DHS with disabilities believe they have faced unfair treatment that made their jobs more difficult.

So what exactly is required of employers under the ADA, anyway? Every employer wishing to adhere to equal opportunity philosophies should know. Learn here about this legislation and what it means [...]

Nov
11

MN Orders for Protection Can Get Sticky Around the Holidays

Most people are familiar, thanks to television and movies, with the idea of a restraining order. Still, orders for protection can be difficult to understand for those involved in personal situations of domestic violence.

In Minnesota, there are three different types of orders that can be issued to protect the petitioner from a person they believe can and would harm them. No contact orders, restraining orders, and orders for protection are all common, but it’s the last one that should be talked about this time of the year. After all, the holidays right around the corner.

Here’s what you need to know about orders for protection in Minnesota and how those named in them could unintentionally violate them around the [...]

Nov
6

MN Legislators Still Side with Feds on Recreational Marijuana

Even though many Minnesota voters want to see the blanket legalization of marijuana in the state, the recreational use of marijuana is still illegal. Minnesota statutes still very much align with federal laws on marijuana being used recreationally.

That doesn’t seem to stop folks from doing it anyway. In October, a traffic stop in Nobles County, for instance, led to the discovery of 70 pounds of marijuana.

The stop resulted in charges of second-degree drug possession and first-degree drug sale for the driver, both serious crimes that can potentially lead to up to 30 years in jail and fines in the millions.

Legislators Working to Legalize, but for Now, Recreational Use is Illegal

Contrary to the serious consequences the accused [...]

Oct
29

Heading into MN Winter, Get the Right Snowmobile Coverage

Minnesota has already seen snow this fall – and it’s only going to keep on coming. In fact, according to the National Weather Service, Duluth averages below freezing temperatures in November and 9 days of snow.

The weather is only one of the reasons why snowmobiles are so popular in Minnesota. They allow you to enjoy the snowfall instead of dreading it. Just as with any other vehicle, though, snowmobiles require insurance.

Do you know what type of insurance you need or if you’re carrying the right coverage? Here’s what you need to know about snowmobile coverage and the steps you should take if you’re in a snowmobile accident.

Snowmobile Insurance: What Is It?

There are several ways that snowmobile [...]

Oct
22

MN Courts Want to Help Parents Battling Opioid Addiction

While opioid addiction continues to ravage families across the United States, Minnesota is working hard to help keep drug offenders from prison.

They do so by helping them into treatment programs through specialized Drug Courts. They’ve even created a sub-court system, Drug Courts for Families, which caters to those families battling addiction in order to help them stay together.

Here’s what you need to know about addiction and the court system in Minnesota and how family-based treatments are working to keep families together instead of being torn apart.

How Opioids Are Affecting Minnesotans

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, deaths due to prescription opioids are on the rise. In 2010, a little over 21,000 people died from [...]

Oct
22

Duluth Police More Focused on Property Crimes Than Violence

When you turn on the news today, you hear a lot of talk about law and order. In Duluth, there’s a focus on law and order but not in the way you may think.

According to the Duluth Police Chief, violent crime in the city is not on the rise. Violent crimes such as homicide. In fact, if there are crimes that are on the rise, then it’s crimes involving physical property. Theft continues to be a problem in Minnesota, in Duluth and beyond.

In Minnesota, property crimes are known as “criminal damage to property” which is defined as intentional damage done to public or private property. It is divided into distinct charges based on the severity of the crime.[...]

Oct
8

What MN Parents Can Do If Their Child Is in Their Car Wreck, Too

Car accidents happen, but when there are children involved it can turn something terrible into something even more tragic. Case in point, a freight truck struck a car in Minneapolis, killing two of the three occupants in the car and seriously injuring the minor child in the backseat.

When accidents like this happen, it’s a good idea to know the steps to take to ensure you’re protecting you and your children’s interests.

Here are some of the steps Minnesota parents should take if their child is involved in a car accident with you.

What To Do Right After a Minnesota Car Wreck

If you are involved in a car accident with your children in the car, the first thing you [...]

Oct
8

Pros and Cons of MN’s Newly Proposed Parental Custody Split

Recently, the Minnesota Legislature has proposed a new set of legislation for child custody agreements. This new legislation, known as HF 887 and HF1666/SF 1295, is significantly more strict in how it views parental custody.

Specifically, it holds that both parents of a child are entitled to equal parenting time. If this legislation becomes law, it would be a dramatic change for many Minnesota parents.

Having a 50/50 custody split as the primary custody agreement may help people in some situations, but not all. In fact, this change has some significant downsides compared to current Minnesota custody laws.

Current Minnesota Child Custody Guidelines

Currently, the state of Minnesota’s child custody law includes a presumption that parents are entitled to 25 [...]

Oct
1

Your Guide to Minnesota Record Expungements

In Minnesota, there are certain criminal records that can be expunged. However, it’s a complicated and somewhat slow process – or at least it can be if you don’t have an attorney who can help.

There are a lot of questions about record expungements in Minnesota that are asked regularly, which is why this list of frequently asked questions has been compiled.

Read on to find out all you need to know about having your Minnesota criminal record expunged.

What is Minnesota Record Expungement?

Expungement is a process where the legal record of a criminal conviction or arrest is sealed. It doesn’t disappear from your record completely, but it won’t come up on background checks and you will no longer [...]