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Understanding Social Security Disability Benefits

If you’ve been injured or face a serious chronic illness, then you might find yourself unable to work or even struggling to keep a job. You do not want to consider yourself disabled, but you are reaching a point in which you must accept your limitations and your new reality. You have considered social security… Read more »

Driving Under the Influence of Drugs

In Minnesota, driving under the influence of drugs is illegal. According to Minnesota Statutes 169A.20, a person is guilty of DUID if s/he drives while under the influence of a controlled substance or any other hazardous substance that significantly affects his/her brain, muscles, and/or nervous system, thus impairing his/her ability to drive safely. If a person tests positive for any Schedule I or II… Read more »

Personal Injury and Winter Accidents

Winter is fast approaching and that means cooler temperatures and slick sidewalks and roads. Though accidents happen in the winter, sometimes those accidents are caused by the negligent act or omission of another. To recognize how to prevent causing injury to others (and recognize when then injury you sustained was caused by negligence), we have… Read more »

First Time DWI: What Does It Mean For You?

When it comes to being charged with a crime – any crime – it is crucial to be prepared for what it is to come. That means knowing your rights, knowing your obligations, and knowing your options for making sure that one mistake or being in the wrong place at the wrong time doesn’t leave… Read more »

What is a Fourth Degree Misdemeanor DWI/DUI in Minnesota?

If you have been arrested for a DWI, then you are probably concerned about how a charge and conviction may impact your life. If you have been charged with a fourth degree misdemeanor DWI/DUI in Minnesota, consider the following information. Not all charges are the same. Minnesota has four degrees of DWI/DUI charges. The fourth degree charge… Read more »

3 Common Winter Related Accidents and How to Avoid Injuries

Now that winter weather has arrived here in Minnesota, the potential for people suffering from personal injury accidents and bodily injuries has increased. Thus, it’s important to know how to avoid winter accidents so that you can enjoy this season and not spend your time recuperating from injuries. Here are three of the most common winter… Read more »

Out of State Driver Gets a DWI in Minnesota

A visit out-of-state can get complicated if it results in a DWI. In Minnesota, the DWI charges an out-of-state driver may face are the same as resident drivers, but appearance requirements can make the process much more cumbersome. After the arrest, a preliminary hearing will be scheduled. After an arrest, your first goal may be… Read more »

Facts About Getting a Minnesota DWI While Driving a Rental Vehicle

A DWI, or driving while intoxicated, charge is serious and can result in significant criminal penalties and administrative sanctions. However, there are certain circumstances that can add additional difficulties to an already difficult time. One such issue arises when the alleged intoxication occurs while the accused is driving a rental vehicle. Additional problems may be involved… Read more »

What is Contempt of Court?

If you’ve ever watched a courtroom drama, you’ve heard the phrase contempt of court. It usually comes out during a particularly tense or passionate moment, after the judge has hammered the gavel, and pointed it at the offending party for dramatic effect. The usual warning line is something like, “control your client, or I will have… Read more »