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Brandishing, Assault & Self-Defense: Legal Readiness

In Minnesota, prosecutors charge lawful weapon carriers with Felony Assault 2.  And Minnesota’s Second Degree Assault crime statute allows a felony charge for assault, even with no bodily harm at all, if the defendant used a weapon.  Moreover, Prosecutors enjoy implying something nefarious about that archaic word, “brandishing.” Forewarned is forearmed As a result, every… Read More »Brandishing, Assault & Self-Defense: Legal Readiness


How to Avoid a Marijuana Arrest in a Car in Minnesota: Nine Tips

The other day I was talking to a prosecutor.  And I told him that we needed to keep my client’s public record clean.  “We don’t want words like ‘marijuana,’ ‘drug paraphernalia,’ and ‘criminal conviction’ there.”  And he mischievously said, “You know how he could avoid all that, don’t you?  Don’t get caught.” He was joking, but like many jokes there… Read More »How to Avoid a Marijuana Arrest in a Car in Minnesota: Nine Tips


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