There may be new hope if you are charged with a DUI in Minnesota. DUI defense has long been seen as an uphill battle. Minnesota law allows a police officer who pulls you over to compel you to take an alcohol test. Refusing the test is a crime. Most people do not understand this because it appears to violate our basic right against self-incrimination. Refusing an alcohol test is, in most cases, a more severe crime than taking taking the test and failing it in Minnesota. This makes Minnesota one of the tougher states in regard to drunk driving laws. The only way to beat most DUI charges has been to show that the police did not have a valid reason for the stop. This is very difficult because you can be stopped for minor traffic violations and even swerving.
This may no longer be the case. The U.S. Supreme Court recently decided a case challenging Missouri’s DUI laws. You may be able to get your case postponed until after the impact of this decision on Minnesota law is known. Anyone charged with a DUI should get competent legal advice to explore this option.
What you should not do is nothing. If you sit back and wait, the collectors will get you. They will continue to call you, sometimes even at work. They will try to take any money that you have in the bank and part of your paycheck.
The good news is that you do have options. Bankruptcy will make them go away and never come back. In some cases, you can sue collectors who do not follow the law and make them pay you money. Banks and collectors have made billions of dollars in the last few years. There is no reason to pay them any more money if you can avoid it.
Domestic Abuse Orders for Protection (OFPs) are often called restraining orders. OFPs can be filed when there is an allegation of domestic abuse. These orders have serious consequences. Custody of children is often decided as well as parenting time if children are involved.
An order made in an OFP proceeding can usually be changed in a divorce or custody case, but it often takes months to get into court. If you lose custody in an OFP proceeding, It is very difficult to get it back. If your parenting time is restricted to supervised parenting time in the OFP proceeding, it can be very difficult to make it unsupervised.
You can also be removed from your home, even if your name is on the title or lease, and are barred by federal law from possessing a gun. In some cases you may lose your job depending on what type of work you do. These are serious cases with serious consequences.
Do you need an attorney? If you care about your children or house or enjoy hunting you should be represented.
Did you know that there is an Ask an Attorney program the second Wednesday of every month at 10:30 a.m. at the Crow Wing County Judicial Center in Brainerd, Minnesota?
The purpose of this program is to provide the public with up to fifteen minutes of FREE legal advice from volunteer attorneys!
This Wednesday, 2/13, Attorney Anna Yakle and other local attorneys will be volunteering.
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