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Drunk driving case: Small crack in windshield not probable cause

The U.S. Constitution provides a number of different protections for those living in the country. Unfortunately, many people may be unaware of the exact protections provided, especially regarding the Fourth Amendment, which prohibits unreasonable searches and seizures. However, a recent ruling by the Minnesota Supreme Court in a drunk driving case helps clarify what actions of police may violate a person's Fourth Amendment rights.

The ruling involved a case from 2016. In that case, a driver was pulled over as a result of a cracked windshield. After the stop, the police officer claims that the man was under the influence of alcohol, not wearing his seat belt and driving on a restricted license. Though a representative for the man argued that the evidence should be thrown out because it was the result of a stop conducted without probable cause, he was convicted.

Conflicting stories in Minnesota assault case

Many people in Minnesota have experienced conflict with others. The responses to the conflict can vary depending on its cause and those involved. Unfortunately, police say that an altercation left one man fighting for his life and another facing assault charges.

The incident is said to have happened on a day in early September, near the Minnesota State Fair. According to reports, a 48-year-old man was discovered beaten at an intersection. He allegedly suffered swelling and bleeding on his brain and required surgery. Unfortunately, he reportedly developed an infection following the surgery that forced him to spend more time in the hospital.

Drunk driving suspected in Minnesota after car strikes police SUV

Driving at night can easily be disorienting. Even when another vehicle is brightly lit, it may be difficult for other drivers to determine the vehicle's exact position, for example. Despite this, police in Minnesota believe that a driver that struck a police sports utility vehicle was drunk driving.

The incident happened during the early morning hours of a day in mid-November. According to reports, a disabled vehicle was parked in the left turn lane of a Minnesota highway. A police officer was reportedly stopped behind the disabled vehicle as protection.

How do DWI charges change when a child is in the car

Operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol is a serious offense. Even for a first offense, convicted parties will face serious consequences. The least serious case of DWI can still see a person face up to 90 days in jail, between 30 and 90 days without a driver's license and up to $1,000 in various fines. There are numerous aggravating factors that could cause a person to face more serious consequences if convicted. 

One such factor that can greatly increase the penalties is if the intoxicated driver had a child in the car at the time of arrest. Driving under the influence when you are the only one in the car is reckless enough. The state does not look favorably on those who endanger the lives of children.

A driver's license revocation or suspension in Minnesota

For many people in Minnesota, their ability to drive is directly related to their ability to support themselves and their families. Without a driver's license, a person could be unable to go to work or meet a variety of other professional and familial obligations. As such, many who face a driver's license revocation of suspension turn to the experienced law firm of Bauer Law Office for help.

When facing accusations of driving under the influence, certain circumstances could result in an automatic revocation. For example, a revocation follows a failed breath, urine or blood test or the refusal to submit to such a test. In a first offense, if the accused has a blood alcohol concentration under .16 and no other aggravating factors, he or she could face a 90-day revocation. Revocations last longer for repeat offenders and those with a higher BAC.

Minnesota man crashes into pole; accused of drunk driving

It is relatively easy to become distracted while driving. Often, drivers in Minnesota may think too much of a minor collision that causes little to no damage. However, police have now accused a driver that appears to have been involved in a minor incident with drunk driving, among other charges.

The incident happened on a day in early November. According to reports, a police officer observed a vehicle striking a "decorative limestone rock" and crosswalk pole. The driver allegedly continued driving, resulting in what reports describe as a "short chase."

Minnesota grandmother charged with assault in shooting

Families who are volatile often experience conflict. Regardless, most in Minnesota are loving and work hard to make any dysfunction relatively negligible. Despite this, a woman in Minnesota was recently charged with assault in the alleged shooting of her grandson.

The incident reportedly happened on a day in October. Police say that they arrived at a residence and found the alleged victim in the yard outside, suffering from a gunshot to his leg. He reportedly told police that his grandmother had shot him. His grandmother is said to have told police that she did not believe that she should go to jail.

Minnesota teen arrested twice for DWI

Some people can see harmful behavior in even the most innocuous actions. For example, something as simple as parking in a parking lot could potentially result in a call to police. Unfortunately, a teenager in Minnesota who initially attracted attention after she allegedly parked in a church parking lot was arrested twice for DWI in an eight-hour period.

Police say that they originally responded to a call about a suspicious vehicle at approximately 9:45 p.m. on a day in mid-October. When they arrived at the scene, they claim to have discovered an 18-year-old female in the vehicle. Officers believe that the teenager exhibited signs of being under the influence and claimed to have discovered prescription drugs in her vehicle.

What to do if you are falsely accused of a crime

Crime is a serious matter. People who make false accusations trivialize the reality of criminal behavior. However, false allegations can have real-world consequences. There is a man who spent thirteen years in prison after false accusations of murder.

If you are on the receiving end of false accusations, you are likely feeling frustration and confusion. Here is what you should do if someone falsely accuses you of violence during the holiday season.

Minnesota college football player charged with assault

As most people in Minnesota would likely attest, sharing a living space with someone else is often difficult. Though conflict can easily arise, it rarely turns to violence. Despite this, a college football player now faces an assault charge after police were called to his apartment.

The call came in during the early morning hours of a day in mid-October. According to reports, the 22-year-old football player was involved in an "incident" with his roommate between 1:15 a.m. and 1:30 a.m. Police say that no weapons, other than "hands and feet," were discovered or used in the incident.