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Self-defense and The Other

    Self-defense and The Other: Self-defense is a legal defense to certain criminal charges in Minnesota.  A defendant can plead self-defense when facing charges of: assault, murder, and disorderly conduct, among others. It is not a bright-line sort of law.  If it were, the law would be easier to apply; but justice and fairness would suffer.  Instead, the… Read More »Self-defense and The Other

    Underage Consumption > Can a Minor Refuse a Breath Test in Minnesota?

      What are the most important underage drinking laws in Minnesota?  Can police force a minor consumption suspect to blow into a breath test machine?  The three biggest legal problems for those underage are: (1) underage consumption; (2) minor in possession of alcohol; and, (3) underage drinking and driving (“not a drop”) Underage drinking laws and driving The most… Read More »Underage Consumption > Can a Minor Refuse a Breath Test in Minnesota?

      Disparity of Force and Self-Defense

        The use of force in self-defense is a defense to many criminal charges, from felony to misdemeanor level. But when it comes to self-defense law, courts look to the totality of circumstances.   There is no bright line test.  But one important factor is disparity of force. Yes, disparity of force means what it sounds like. … Read More »Disparity of Force and Self-Defense

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