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?
Another year, another truckload of laws – the usual, right? How does that affect you, and traffic stops? For the most part, hopefully it doesn’t. But when you consider the fact that most criminal law problems – large and small – start as vehicle traffic stops; it pays to be aware of laws allowing police to stop you. Here… Read More »Avoiding Traffic Stops – Minnesota Laws
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
The Trial of Jesus is the most famous trial in history – really, two trials. But from a criminal law perspective, the trials are fascinating for many reasons, on many levels. This article is based upon The Trial of Jesus of Nazareth by renowned scholar and Law Professor Max Radin. (The University of Chicago Press, 1931). Prof.… Read More »The Trial of Jesus: A Criminal Law Perspective
How can we best understand prostitution law? Prostitution law involves two important aspects of human existence: sexuality and money. What is prostitution? Sex for money. Sex and money are both emotional topics. So is it any surprise that prostitution is controversial? After all, it’s been around longer than money. But throughout history and across cultures, we have diverse… Read More »Sex Workers, Prostitution and Minnesota Law
Is it a crime to drink and drive? No, of course it is not. But some people out there – like MADD people – who appear hellbent on bringing back the Alcohol Prohibition; step by step. Do you know how to best handle a DWI stop in Minnesota? Sure. “Don’t drink and drive,” can prevent a problem. So can… Read More »Countermeasures at a DWI Stop