MINNESOTA CRIMINAL DEFENSE BLOG

An Overview of Minnesota Law on Gun Crimes and Firearms


Minnesota law enforcement authorities are stepping up their efforts to combat gun violence in response to recent increases in crimes involving guns. Police are using national ballistics databases to identify and track guns that may have been used in crimes. Even staunch Second Amendment proponents are calling for better background checks for firearm purchases, and… Read more »

Prostitution Charges In Minnesota: What To Expect, And Legal Defenses


As with every state in the union except for Nevada, prostitution is illegal in Minnesota. Any buying or selling of sex, or facilitating such a transaction, is considered prostitution by the state and will be prosecuted. Most of the state’s laws and penalties related to prostitution are covered in State Statute 609.324. Prostitution charges only… Read more »

Information Regarding Multiple DWIs / DUIs


In Minnesota, driving, operating, or being in physical control over a vehicle with an alcohol concentration (AC) of .08 (or .04 if driving a commercial vehicle) or higher is an offense called driving while intoxicated (DWI).  A driving under the influence (DUI) charge alleges that you were driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of… Read more »

Minnesota School Principal Arrested on Child Pornography Charges


Students and faculty at Chanhassen High School were shocked and confused by the announcement that the school’s principal, Timothy Scott Dorway, was arrested on suspicion of possessing child pornography. Dorway was arrested at his home by agents from the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force which is partnered with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. The… Read more »

Minnesota Attorney Indicted in Fraud and Extortion Scheme


White collar crimes in Minnesota don’t always make front page news. Recently, however, the case of a Minnesota attorney who extorted millions of dollars from numerous individuals and businesses has made the headlines. Paul Hansmeier, the Minnesota lawyer, and his law school buddy, John Steele from Illinois, devised an elaborate scheme to blackmail people they lured… Read more »

Minnesota Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Hate Crime


We all have the right to free speech. However, terroristic threats do not fall under the scope of that right. In fact, they are considered federal crimes. Take the case of Daniel Fisher of Minneapolis. Mr. Fisher sent an anonymous letter to an Islamic Center threatening to blow up their mosque with all of “you… Read more »

Studies Put Drug Chemical DWI / DUI Laws Under Scrutiny


Although some state legislatures have passed laws regulating marijuana use by motorists, a recent study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, cited by the New York Times, suggests that at least some such laws are not supported by scientific evidence. While BAC is a reasonably consistent measure of alcohol impairment, THC blood levels are… Read more »

Avoid DWI During Thanksgiving And Throughout The Holidays


Throughout the holiday season, families and friends frequently gather to share meaningful and memorable times together. Midst all the revelry, some take to the roads when they are in no condition to do so. Unfortunately, DWI arrests often spike during the holiday period from Thanksgiving to New Years. More individuals head out on long trips… Read more »

Costly Consequences for Passing a Stopped School Bus


Because of the state’s inherent interest in keeping our children safe, many laws regarding actions that can be harmful to children are taken seriously by the Minnesota Legislature. Driving offenses committed in the vicinity of a stopped/stopping school bus are among those instances. Minnesota statutes recognize two activities that are considered a danger to children… Read more »