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How Long Does the State of Minnesota Have to Charge You With a Crime?

How Long Does the State of Minnesota Have to Charge You With a Crime? In Minnesota, you cannot be infinitely held accountable for a crime. Prosecutors face a time limit, called a “statute of limitations” during which to bring charges against you. If they fail to do so, you cannot be charged with the crime....
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Does Domestic Violence Have to Be Physical?

Does Domestic Violence Have to Be Physical? In complicated relationships, situations can get out of hand easily. What starts as a small fight can escalate. Tempers can flare, and emotions can lead to acts of domestic violence. But where is the line, exactly? Does domestic violence have to be physical?  How the Law Defines Domestic...
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Caught Shoplifting? Now What?

Shoplifting is the act of taking something from a retail store that you didn’t pay for. Unfortunately, shoplifting comes with consequences in Minnesota, ranging from fines to jail time, depending on the severity of the crime. If you’re caught shoplifting, here’s what you can expect next. Understanding Minnesota’s Shoplifting Laws & Penalties In Minnesota, there...
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What Is a Hate Crime in Minnesota?

Recent history-changing events such as the murder of George Perry Floyd, Jr. have underscored the importance of protection for all who call the United States home. And in Minnesota, these events are pushing forth new initiatives such as the Hate Crimes Bill moving through the house at the writing of this post.   In 2020,...
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How Drunk Driving Can Affect Your CDL

No one wants a DWI or DUI offense on their record. The consequences include embarrassment, fines, impoundment of your vehicle and its plates, jail time, and the revocation of your driver’s license. But if you are a commercial driver, cancellation of your CDL license due to a DWI is a much more severe matter. Two...
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Charged with Auto Theft in Minnesota?

This past year, auto theft incidents have been reported at alarming rates all over the United States, including Minnesota. But there are many types of auto theft that you can be charged with. All carry serious consequences, despite the vast differences between them. The main thing all of these crimes have in common is taking...
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Is Mediation Required for Divorce in Minnesota?

What are Alternative Dispute Resolutions? Alternative Dispute Resolutions, or ADR, are alternative ways of resolving a problem in the hope that you can avoid a long, drawn-out court case, save money, and have a much less painful experience.  Unless you have a history of spousal abuse in Minnesota, you will be ordered to use ADR,...
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How to Minimize the Impact of Divorce on Kids

If you have children and are considering a divorce, the first thing on your mind is how your divorce will impact them. It is what keeps parents in an unhappy marriage longer than they want to be. While you shouldn’t seek divorce with a cavalier attitude, there are times when it is the best solution...
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Property Division in a Minnesota Divorce

Minnesota is considered an equitable distribution property state. This is the most common way to divide marital property in a divorce. Equitable distribution means the court divides marital property between spouses in a way that it deems fair—or equitable, not necessarily equal or 50/50. It also doesn’t matter who is “at fault” for the divorce...
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