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Exercise your Fifth Amendment rights if stopped for DUI

You have probably heard of people taking the Fifth Amendment when they have to go to court or testify before one of the federal government committees.

Perhaps invoking the Fifth Amendment is something you never thought you would need to do. However, keep it firmly in mind if law enforcement stops you on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.

Minnesota healthcare worker faces criminal charges

There are people in Minnesota and across the country who are in need of help taking care of themselves in their own home. Unfortunately, there often are not enough workers to provide the care that is needed, potentially leading to insufficient personnel. Despite this, law enforcement officials in Minnesota have filed criminal charges against a woman, apparently believing that she could not have worked the hours providing such care that she reportedly logged.

The incident involves a 34-year-old woman who works as a personal care assistant. Police believe that she falsely claimed to have worked in an unidentified couple's home in 2014 and 2015. Instead, officials claim, she was actually working at a second job as a personal care attendant, apparently with a different company.

Minnesota shooting leaves girlfriend facing criminal charges

When a shooting occurs, the desire for answers is understandable. However, the events surrounding an incident are often complicated and can lead to confusion. Despite this, a woman in Minnesota is now facing criminal charges after police say that she shot her boyfriend.

The incident that led to the woman's arrest happened on a day in June. The 40-year-old defendant claims that she and her boyfriend were in a vehicle arguing about where to eat. According to her, the incident became violent when her boyfriend hit her in the face and threatened to kill her.

Minnesota roundabout accident leads to DWI charge

Roundabouts are structures used in Minnesota and other areas of the world that are believed to help with the flow of traffic. However, they can be confusing for those who have little experience with them. Unfortunately, one man now faces multiple criminal charges, including DWI, after he was allegedly involved in an accident in a roundabout.

The incident reportedly happened on a day in late May. According to reports, a 38-year-old man driving a recreation vehicle drove through the roundabout before driving into a ditch. Witnesses claim that the man then fled the scene on foot before being stopped by a rescue worker.

Man faces criminal charges after woman is stabbed in Minnesota

When a person is injured, there is an understandable need to fully examine all of the events leading to the injury. In some cases, law enforcement officials may determine that it is necessary to file criminal charges. In fact, a man now faces charges after he allegedly stabbed a woman in Minnesota.

The incident that led to the 32-year-old man's arrest happened late one afternoon on a day in July 2018. According to reports, police were responding to a call about a dog bite at an apartment complex when they came across two children who reported seeing a man stab their aunt. The aunt was already en route to the hospital at the time.

Minnesota daycare worker faces criminal charges

Many parents in Minnesota and across the country have to make the difficult decision to place their children into the care of someone else while they go to work. The vast majority of day care providers are dedicated to protecting the children in the care and ensuring that their best interests are met. Despite this, a day care provider now faces criminal charges, reportedly connected to the services she provides.

Officials are reportedly taking action to ensure that the day care that a 25-year-old woman operated out of her home is permanently closed. Reports indicate that officials searched the woman's home on a day in late February. She reportedly had 12 children in her care. Three of the children were reportedly buckled into their car seats at the time of the search.

Understanding disorderly conduct laws in Minnesota

Disorderly conduct, also known as disturbing the peace, is a criminal offense in Minnesota. Laws against offensive and disruptive behaviors exist to keep communities peaceful. Someone who annoys, upsets or disturbs the public may face harsh criminal penalties. 

But what constitutes disorderly conduct and what are the penalties for it? Here is how disorderly conduct is described and treated under Minnesota law.

Teenager charged with assault after altercation at Minnesota bar

Late at night, a bar near a college campus can be a hectic, chaotic scene. In fact, authorities in Minnesota claim that an altercation occurred at one bar on a night in May. Reports indicate that a teenager has since been taken into custody, charged with assault as a result of the incident.

The alleged altercation is said to have happened at Rounders Bar and Grill. Reports indicate that a 19-year-old male became involved in an altercation with another male. The teenager then reportedly punched a woman in the face. The woman allegedly suffered cuts to her face and was transported to the hospital; details about her condition are unknown.

Minnesota college student charged with underage drinking

When driving near a college campus, there may be additional distractions and potential obstacles. For example, there may be a higher volume of pedestrians who could behave unpredictably. If a car accident does occur, it may be easy for law enforcement officers to make assumptions about a driver's sobriety simply due to his or her age or the location of the accident. In fact, a driver in Minnesota is now accused of underage drinking following a recent crash.

The incident reportedly happened on a night in late April. According to reports, a driver was traveling near a sorority building on the campus of the University of Minnesota. Reports indicate that the sports utility vehicle struck a bush before hitting the building.

Fatal accident in Minnesota leads to drunk driving allegations

When people are accused of committing a crime in Minnesota,  they often feel overwhelmed by the criminal justice system. Without legal training, they may be unaware of their options. For example, a man who police claim was drunk driving when he caused a fatal car accident is likely considering his defense options as he responds to the allegations against him.

The incident that led to the man's arrest reportedly happened on a night in late April.  A passenger in the vehicle, a 34-year-old woman, was pronounced dead at the scene. The 34-year-old man who was reportedly driving the vehicle is said to have told police that he was using his seat belt while his passenger had not been.