Doug Hazelton

Doug Hazelton

Best Lawyers in America (2008-Present)

Author Minnesota DWI Handbook (West Publishing)

Author Minnesota DWI Survival Guide

Super Lawyer 2008-Present)

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Eric Nelson

Eric Nelson

Attorney of the Year (Minnesota Lawyer 2022)

Named one of the TOP 40 UNDER 40 by the National Trial Lawyers' Association

"Rising Star" from 2004-2013

"Super Lawyer" 2014, 2015 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019

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Debbie Lang

Debbie Lang

Top 100 National Trial Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers' Association

Co-Editor of the Minnesota DWI Deskbook

Super Lawyer (2020-present)

Super Lawyer Rising Star (2012, 2014-2017)

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Dave Risk

Dave Risk

Super Lawyer (2014-present)

Super Lawyer Rising Star (2002, 2004, 2006, 2008-2011)

J.D. William Mitchell College of Law magna cum laude graduate

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Christina Zauhar

Christina Zauhar

Up & Coming Attorney (Minnesota Lawyer 2017)

Super Lawyer Rising Star (2017-present)

Member of Minnesota Society for Criminal Justice (2021-present)

Member of Minnesota Women Lawyers (2012-present)

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Marsh Halberg

Marsh Halberg

Top Six Criminal Defense Attorneys (Mpls/St. Paul Magazine)

Attorney of the Year (Minnesota Lawyer 2011 & 2017)

Super Lawyer (1997-Present)

Co-Editor of the Minnesota DWI Deskbook

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Lucas Dawson

Lucas Dawson

Super Lawyer Rising Star (2017-present)

Human Services Background Study Eligibility Task Force - Remedies Subcommittee Chair 2022

Human Services Background Study Eligibility Task Force Member 2021 - 2022

Requested speaker at Minnesota CLEs

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Zach Graham

Zach Graham

J.D. St. Thomas School of Law, cum laude

Licensed in Minnesota and Wisconsin

Achieved successful outcomes for clients in district court and on appeal

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Minnesota Lawyer Blogs

MN Ghost Gun Regulations

A new federal rule designed to strengthen the enforcement of gun serial number requirements has been enacted

MN New Sexual Assault Laws

Minnesota Legislature Passes New Sexual Assault Laws for 2021

Overturned Murder Conviction

Third-Degree Murder Conviction Overturned by Minnesota Supreme Court

Voluntary Intoxication Defense

Using Voluntary Intoxication as a Defense to Minnesota Criminal Charges

Physical Control DWI

Physical control cases are often based on several factors

DWI Forfeiture Reform

Minnesota Legislative Committees Considering DWI Forfeiture Reform Bill

‘Revenge Porn’ Law

Minnesota Supreme Court Finds ‘Revenge Porn’ Law Constitutional

Incarceration During COVID-19

Incarceration in Minnesota prisons during COVID-19

DWI Forfeiture Law

Problems and Possibilities of a Forfeiture Due to Driving While Intoxicated

Due Process Protection Act

Due Process Protection Act - Prosecutors now required to ‘Show Their Cards’ to Federal Defendants

COVID-19 and Domestic Violence

Concerns about a potential uptick in domestic abuse during COVID-19

Remembering Justice Ginsburg

A Jurist of ‘Historic Stature’ Remembered

Topless Sunbathing in Minneapolis

Is Topless Sunbathing in Minneapolis ‘Indecent Conduct?’

Coercion Statute Unconstitutional

Minnesota Supreme Court Strikes Down Part of Criminal Coercion Law as Unconstitutional

The Center Console and Minnesota Law

Is the Center Console of Your Vehicle A “Public Place” Under Minnesota Law?

Drug Courts

Drug Courts - Using the Justice System to Combat Addiction and Promote Recovery

Expungements I

Cleaning Up Your Record – Expungements In Minnesota Part I

Pardon Me

Last Resort to Clear A Criminal Conviction in Minnesota

Stay at home laws

What’s Legal (and Illegal) Under Minnesota’s Stay-At-Home Law?

Court During a Pandemic

Court Dates During a Pandemic – Do I need to go?

Felony Sentencing Part 3

Felony Sentencing in Minnesota – Part III: Mandatory and Presumptive Sentences

Felony Sentencing Part 2

Felony Sentencing in Minnesota – Part II: Sentencing Guidelines and Repeat Offenders

Felony Sentencing

Felony Sentencing in Minnesota – Part I: Indeterminate vs. Determinate Sentencing

Revenge Porn Law Declared Unconstitutional

Minnesota Court of Appeals overturned a state law regarding revenge porn.

Breath Tests Prove Unreliable in Certain Circumstances

New York Times investigative article finds that across the country breath tests for DWI are often unreliable. Does this include Minnesota?

DWI Test Refusal – New Post-Conviction Rules

Minnesota Supreme Court announces special rules for post-conviction cases involving criminal DWI Test Refusal.

Minnesota Supreme Court suppresses evidence found in forced body cavity search

Invasive bodily searches and the constitutional rights to dignity, personal privacy and bodily integrity.

Minnesota Laws on Bail and Pre Trial Release

Bail - The constitutional right to post bail and secure release from custody prior to trial and possible conditions.

Marital Rape Exception - Governor signs bill to repeal 'marital rape exception.'

Prior to this change of law in Minnesota the statutory definition of rape specifically excluded spouses. Now they may be included.

Miranda Warning – Anything you say can and will be used against you.

Miranda rights protect individuals from compelling them to incriminate themselves with statements that can and will be used against them.

Medical Marijuana Use After A Criminal Conviction

The DOC no longer considers possession and use of medical marijuana a violation of parole or supervised release conditions.

Do police need a search warrant to access biometric data to unlock your smart phone?

If your smart device has this type of security the police may request access to your device but are you required to provide it?

Court’s expansion of “attempt” vexes criminal lawyers

A recent Minnesota (MN) Court of Appeals opinion appears to have expanded the scope of what constitutes attempt in the context of sex crimes, causing frustration among MN law firms.

If you’re stopped for DWI or DUI over the holidays, an experienced criminal lawyer can help

Every year, from the Wednesday before Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day, Minnesota and Wisconsin see a surge in DWI and DUI arrests. As a consequence, criminal lawyers work even harder to protect the rights of folks who are facing impaired driving charges.

The long reach of #metoo in Minnesota

Since the 1980s, the amount of time within which prosecutors must charge someone with a criminal sexual conduct offense has increased several times. This means that today, allegations about a long-forgotten incident can be made years later, which can complicate a defense lawyer’s job.

Explaining ‘probable cause’ in Minnesota

In Minnesota, a police officer must have probable cause to search you or arrest you. So, arguing over whether probable cause existed is a big deal for criminal defense lawyers in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

The erosion of double jeopardy

The “dual sovereignty” doctrine and increasing overlap among state and federal law increases the likelihood that a Minnesota criminal defendant could be charged twice for the same crime.

FBI Leak

DOJ files criminal charges against only African American FBI agent in Minnesota. Attorneys say that the agent allegedly leaked “secret documents” to a national news reporter. The charges come amid a government crackdown on leaks.

St. Patrick's Day 2018

Shamrocks, leprechauns, shillelaghs. Beer, whiskey and… DWIs. Like other places in the U.S., drinking and St. Patrick’s Day go hand in hand in the North Star State. Unfortunately, so do drunk driving arrests.

Last year, the Minnesota State Patrol reported that law enforcement arrested 175 drunk drivers in a period of less than 15 hours

First your finger, is your face next?

Is your smartphone safe from law enforcement?

In the United States’ first major criminal law decision involving smartphones and personal rights, Minnesota’s highest court says that law enforcement officers have the right to make you unlock your phone in the event you have fingerprint identification activation on.

When it comes to face-recognition technology, law enforcement may soon require citizens to look at their phone in order to unlock its contents, though a memorized passcode might still give smartphone owners protection.

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