You are not required to take a sobriety test if you are pulled over for a suspected DWI. However, if you deny a sobriety test it is likely that you will be arrested and subsequently have to submit to a evidentiary alcohol test while in custody.
On average, more than 25,000 people are arrested for DWI in MN each year.
First degree murder is a premeditated act, while second degree is a result of unplanned, but a result of an act of violence.
Each case is different, but in general, manslaughter charges indicate death without malice.
It depends on the charges.
Real estate, vehicles, jewelry, and precious metals are examples of the many items that may be used as collateral.
Bail bond companies typically charge 10% of the bail bond amount.
Agencies obtain a license from the Minnesota Department of Commerce.
Supreme Courts at the state and federal level review freedom of expression cases. Typically, cases are reviewed at the highest level based on its content and how it relates to the government.
It guarantees the rights of free expression and action deemed fundamental to a democratic government, including freedom of assembly, freedom of press, freedom of religion, and freedom of speech.
Visit our online inmate search to learn more about finding defendants currently being held, sorted by county.
Visitors and employees to the court system will notice new partitions and barriers, floor markings, and signage reminding people to maintain at least a six foot distance from others.
Face coverings and social distancing in court and common areas are required. Per guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the Minnesota Department of Health, Courts will notify individuals who were in close contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19.
Consult your landlord and your utility companies. Most utility companies cannot legally turn off your utilities, but are able to set up a payment plan for those in need.
No, in March 2020 Governor Walz ordered an eviction moratorium throughout the state of MN.
In December 2020 unresolved citations will incur additional fees.
You may send in a payment by mail, by phone, in person, or online. Visit https://www.mncourts.gov/fines to find your applicable contact information.
Yes, although you are only able to serve on a jury again four years after the completion of previous jury service.
New cleaning and social distancing protocols are in place, as well as mandatory face coverings for jurors. Read the complete list here.
Most criminal records have a waiting period before the Court will grant an expungement. In most cases, this period starts when you are discharged from probation. You also must remain crime-free during the waiting period.
Yes, experience has shown co-signers benefit from this system in keeping court dates and avoiding bond forfeiture.
AAA will text you reminders for your court date to make sure you appear on time.
While there is no perfect time to explain to a child that someone they love is incarcerated, you should aim to tell a child when you have enough time to offer comfort and answer any questions they may have.
Yes. Although it is ultimately your decision, it is widely recognized that children cope better when spoken to honestly about the events. Openness with the child will allow them to feel okay to ask questions and express how they feel.
There is no defined list of recognized conditions or disabilities that would prevent someone from wearing a face covering. The Executive Order provides exemptions for people who are unable to wear a mask due to a medical or mental health condition or disability.
Minnesotans who fail to comply with Executive Order 20-81 may receive a petty misdemeanor citation and a fine of up to $100. Businesses who don’t comply may be subject to criminal charges, including civil fines of up to $25,000 and regulatory enforcement.
Actions that account for shoplifting include concealing or taking property without permission, switching a price tag to pay a smaller amount, and obtaining a good by false pretenses.
In Minnesota, property valued less than $500 may be punished with a fine of up to $1,000 and 90 days in jail. Exact penalties vary and depend on one’s criminal history or other specifications of the individual case.
Yes, but only boat or fish with those in your immediate household. Follow social distancing guidelines by not inviting friends or extended family.
All 2020 fishing regulations must be followed. Regulations have not relaxed amid the Stay at Home Order.
No. Minnesotans are not required to carry any paperwork when traveling to and from their place of employment, or anywhere else. Minnesota residents are urged to comply voluntarily with this Executive Order.
Minnesota residents are directed to limit their time outside of their homes beyond any essential needs.
Yes. As of February 2020, sale or possession of quantities larger than 42.5 grams is a felony in Minnesota. Depending on the amount of marijuana possessed or sold, the felony may be punishable by a maximum of $1,000,000 and up to 5–35 years incarcerated.
Yes, medical marijuana has been legal in Minnesota since 2014.
A copy can be requested from Minnesota’s Vital Records office.
Three documents you should always have with you in your car are your vehicle registration, proof of insurance, and driver’s license.
Yes. In Minnesota the law requires drivers to clear all frost from both their windshield and side windows to prevent accidents created from obstructed vision on the road.
Yes. In Minnesota it is illegal to shovel or plow snow onto roads and streets and can be punishable by a fine of up to $1000 and 90 days in jail.
You can receive a SWI at any age. However, it is always illegal to drink under the age of 21.
Other than one being a vehicle used solely on snow, yes. As in all cases, a variety of factors influence each individual case, but both are penalties incurred while operating a moving vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
If Uber or other ap-based ride services are not available to you, call Wide Street Tax at (612) 545-7745 or Christie Cab at (763) 913-4889 in the Buffalo MN area.
Minnesota’s Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) limit is 0.08.