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Articles by Minnesota Criminal Defense Lawyer Carolyn Agin Schmidt

The Do's and Don'ts of a Court Appearance

You’ve been accused of a crime and it is time for the court case. This one trial could change your future! You want to make sure it is done right. Here are the do’s and don’t of what to do before, during, and after your court hearing.

New Drug, Crimes of Violence & Domestic Abuse Laws Now in Effect

A number of laws passed by the Minnesota State Legislature during this spring’s legislative session went into effect Aug. 1, 2014. A handful highlighted below are directly related to public safety and criminal law.

Criminal Defense is a Constitutional Right: Infographic

2013 marks the 50th anniversary of a landmark Supreme Court case: Gideon v. Wainright, a decision which established states' responsibilities to provide a lawyer for defendants who cannot afford one. The U.S. Constitution had first ensured the right of citizens to receive legal representation, but Gideon marked the legal requirement for states to give public defense to everyone, regardless of ability to pay. 

Nationally, however, public defenders are struggling to keep up with their caseloads. In 2013 there is too much work, and too little time, for state attorneys to handle. Budget cuts have resulted in furloughs. One Ohio public defender even fired himself

What's New with Minnesota DWI Laws in 2016

1 out of 7 Minnesotans have a DWI on their record. That is a staggering fact, right? It may be a reason why Minnesota's DWI laws and practices are under intense scrutiny. To keep you in the loop, here is what is new with Minnesota’s DWI laws in 2016.

Charged with a DUI In MN? Get the Facts

If you or someone you know has been charged with a DUI, read this article. You have the right to know the options you have with your DUI case. Get familiar with the questions you’ll be asked, the facts you should know, and the actions you can take.

Minnesota’s Underage Drunk Driving Laws & Consequences

Minnesota’s “Zero Tolerance Law” or “Not a Drop Law” means any presence of alcohol is illegal for individuals under 21.

What You Should Know Before Accepting a DUI Plea Deal

DUI or DWI is a very serious offense to be facing. Not only can it result in severe punishment such as jail time and hefty fines, but the repercussions can be especially harsh if someone is injured while you were driving under the influence. In some cases, drivers are allowed to accept a plea deal rather than taking the chance of going to court and receiving a much harsher sentence. If you have been charged with DUI and you are thinking about taking a plea deal, here are some thing to consider.

DWI in 2014

The holiday season is here! Unfortunately, this is also the season where drunk driving is more likely. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention predicts 728 people will be killed or injured from Thanksgiving to New Years Day. That is one sobering statistic. 1/3 of car crash fatalities in Minnesota are caused from driving while impaired. Minnesota is strengthening DWI penalties in hopes of decreasing this number in 2014.

Whiskey plates in Minnesota

Restricted use plates, often referred to as “whiskey plates,” are a not-so-uncommon sight to see on Minnesota highways and streets. The plates start with the letter “W” to indicate the alcohol-related offense. As of June 2012, there were over 16,000 whiskey plates in circulation in the state of Minnesota.

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