Before the police interrogate anyone who is in their custody, they have to give them the Miranda warning which is worded as follows: “You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to an attorney. If you cannot… Read more »
Can a Case Be Dismissed if Miranda Rights Aren’t Read?
What Happens if I Refuse to Answer Police Questions?
During interactions with the police, your right to remain silent is protected by the US Constitution. In Minnesota, you cannot be arrested just for refusing to answer questions asked by the police. What happens if you refuse to answer police questions depends on the type of encounteryou are having. Types of Police Encounters Generally speaking, there are three… Read more »
Can I Refuse a Roadside Sobriety Test in Minnesota?
Your worst nightmare happens. You went out for a few drinks with friends and on the way home, you get pulled over by the police. Panic immediately sets in and with good reason. Being charged with, and subsequently convicted of, a DUI charge can have adverse long-term effects. The financial burden can be quite substantial… Read more »
What is a Hate Crime in Minnesota?
Minnesota Hate Crime Defense Lawyer When a crime is committed in Minnesota, there are several factors that can change the severity of the sentencing. If the perpetrator violates a restraining order against the victim, for example, or breaks a weapons law, there are additional penalties that are added to the sentence. One of the factors… Read more »
What Are Your Defense Options When Charged With a Violent Crime?
Minneapolis Violent Crimes Defense Lawyer Kirk Anderson Among all crimes you can commit, violent crimes are considered the most serious by society. If you attacked someone with force, that can easily result in the injury of others and even sometimes death. As such, the criminal justice system needs to be diligent in pursuing criminal offenders… Read more »
Elizabeth Smart’s Captor Released from Prison
Wanda Barzee, one of the two convicted kidnappers of Elizabeth Smart, is out of prison, as of Wednesday. The Elizabeth Smart case was followed closely after Smart was kidnapped from her home in Salt Lake City, on June 5, 2002. Brian David Mitchell and his wife, Barzee, held Elizabeth captive for approximately nine months. Elizabeth’s… Read more »
Arrested For Assault in a Bar Fight You Didn’t Start
Minneapolis Bar Fight Criminal Defense Lawyer It is a simple recipe as old as time. Put a lot of different people in a small space, serve alcohol, and watch someone stir emotions until a fight breaks out. Bar fights aren’t as common as they may seem in the movies, but they still do happen. When… Read more »
Appealing Your Case Due to Suspected Prosecutorial Misconduct
There are many reasons to appeal a criminal case, and if valid, it is a good idea to do so. However, if you want to appeal because you suspect that the prosecutor broke the law, then that is an even better reason. In its idea, the law is supposed to be just. However, there are… Read more »
Little Alan’s Law and its Impact on ATV, Snowmobile, and Motorboat Users
On August 1, 2018, Little Alan’s Law went into effect in Minnesota. This law involves DWI’s, specifically focusing on snowmobiles, ATV’s, and motorboats. With approximately 220,000 registered snowmobiles in Minnesota, this law will have a wide-ranging impact. Signed into law by Governor Mark Dayton in May and supported by ATV and snowmobile groups, Little Alan’s Law… Read more »
When is a Juvenile Charged as an Adult?
When someone commits a crime below the age of 18, they are considered a juvenile by the criminal justice system. As such, juveniles are afforded certain rights because no judge wants to see a young person end up in an adult prison or have their whole life ruined by a crime they committed likely by… Read more »