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Woman suspected of DWI after Minnesota crash

Any driver who uses the roadway is likely aware of the potential of being involved in a car accident. Unfortunately, even the most experienced, careful drivers can sometimes find themselves momentarily distracted or in an unfamiliar area that may make it difficult for them to fully understand the flow of traffic. Despite the many different potential causes of an accident, police in Minnesota and across the country are often quick to assume that alcohol was a factor. In fact, a young woman is suspected of DWI following a recent crash.

The incident happened just before 9 p.m. on a day in late June. Police have accused a 21-year-old woman who was driving a pickup truck of failing to yield while headed west on a Minnesota road. This allegedly resulted in a collision with a sports utility vehicle that is said to have T-boned the pickup truck.

Man facing criminal charges in Minnesota over dog

For many people in Minnesota, a pet is often an important member of the family. The loss of a pet can be devastating and could prompt a person to go to extreme lengths to recover it. Unfortunately, a man in Minnesota facing criminal charges reportedly claims that his actions were an attempt to recover a dog that was stolen from his girlfriend.

The incident that resulted in criminal charges reportedly happened in May. According to reports, a 31-year-old man approached a man's apartment, reportedly claiming to be experiencing car problems. When a dog in the apartment came close to the door, the former allegedly grabbed the dog and ran to a waiting vehicle with a female driver.

Police claim drunk driving factor in fatal Minnesota crash

Even the most vigilant of drivers can become involved in a car accident. Something as simple as a conversation with a passenger can be a sufficient distraction to cause an accident. Despite this, police in Minnesota believe that a recent fatal crash was the result of drunk driving.

The incident happened just after midnight on a day in June. According to reports, a vehicle containing a 43-year-old male driver and at least two passengers struck a tree. When police officers arrived at the scene, the driver and one passenger were reportedly standing outside the vehicle and notified the officer of an injured passenger in the back seat.

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.