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Understanding the stalking laws in Minnesota

Minnesota's anti-stalking law prohibits a person from harassing someone to the point where he or she feels threatened, frightened, persecuted, oppressed or intimidated. Stalking is a gross misdemeanor and there is potential for someone convicted of the crime of stalking to spend up to a year in jail.

The following acts can result in a gross misdemeanor charge of stalking:

  • Showing an intent to injure someone, damage his or her property or impede someone's rights by committing an act that is unlawful
  • Following a person by using any type of technology
  • Continually returning to someone's property when he or she hasn't the authority or permission to do so
  • Continually texting or calling someone
  • Repeatedly sending letters or packages

What is DWI court and is it right for you?

If you are facing DWI charges, you may have the option of entering DWI court rather than traditional court. DWI court is a program intended for repeat offenders and offenders struggling with chemical dependency. It is designed to combat addiction and provide long-term solutions that are more effective at breaking habits than traditional penalties are.

What are the limits to implied consent?

Many drivers may not know (or understand) Minnesota’s implied consent rules when it comes to seeking evidence in DWI cases. Basically, law enforcement agencies have a right to compel a driver who has been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol to produce a sample of bodily fluid that may be tested to detect alcohol or other illegal substances.

So when an arrested driver is brought to a police station, the driver has a choice of taking a breathalyzer test, providing a urine sample or taking a blood test. If the driver refuses, he or she could be charged with a crime under a state’s implied consent law. 

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