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US Supreme Court Rules that Warrantless Breath Tests are Constitutional: Warrantless Blood Tests are Not

In June 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down part of Minnesota’s DWI/DUI law criminalizing refusal to submit to a chemical blood alcohol concentration (BAC) test if suspected of driving while intoxicated. At issue was the disproportionality between the actual DWI penalties and the refusal penalties. In other words, the state’s criminal penalty for refusal… Read more »

Minnesota Criminal Vehicular Operation Laws

The state of Minnesota does not criminalize any occurrence of bodily injury which is caused by typical negligent driving that leads to a vehicle accident. The state does, however, criminalize certain driving behaviors that lead to the bodily harm of others. More specifically, actions are considered criminal offenses when proof of heightened negligence is present…. Read more »

1st Degree Drug case thrown out!

On May 26, 2014, Mr. Peterson helped a client get a first degree drug case thrown out.  First degree drug crimes are the most serious of all drug offenses in Minnesota.  A person convicted of first degree drugs faces a minimum prison sentence of 74 months; more if they have a criminal history. In this… Read more »

Serious drug case dismissed!

On May 29, 2014, Mr. Peterson helped his client receive a complete dismissal of all drug charges against him.  The client had been charged with possessing a trace amount of methamphetamine, which police found on a pipe in his bathroom during a search.  The client had a prior conviction for drug crimes, meaning that a… Read more »

Client avoids prison for arson!

On May 1, 2014, Mr. Peterson successfully argued to keep his client out of all prison and jail time after a conviction for first degree arson.  First degree arson is the most serious kind of arson, which alleges that a defendant sets fire to a residential dwelling.  It is normally punished with a minimum prison… Read more »

Burglary charges dismissed!

On May 9, 2013 in Scott County, Minnesota, Mr. Peterson negotiated a plea agreement whereby the State would dismiss very serious charges of felony second degree burglary.  In exchange, his client would plead guilty to far less serious charges of misdemeanor criminal damage to property.  She would not serve any jail time, or be on… Read more »