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July 2014 Archives

How the ignition interlock law works in Minnesota

A couple of weeks ago, we wrote about the impending decision by the federal government to enact an ignition interlock program. The rule would function in a similar way to the drinking age law: each state would have the ability to reject the rule, but if they did, they would lose federal funding. The rule would force drunk driving offenders, even first-time offenders, to use an ignition interlock for at least six months if they wanted to keep driving after their arrest.

Ride-sharing may, or may not, have affected DUI arrests

Many Twin Cities residents have heard of the skyrocketing popularity of "ride sharing" apps such as Uber and Lyft. These companies allow people to use their own vehicles as a means to provide a taxi service, with the entire transaction happening over a cellphone app. Uber and Lyft have been cleared for operation in the Twin Cities area, and it seems likely that their popularity in the area will mirror what happened in San Francisco.

Social media used to question delinquent child support


In this age of online activity, it would be difficult to find someone who did not participate in social media in some shape or form. Especially when it comes to Facebook, one of the most prolific online networking sites, everyone from teenagers to grandparents in Minnesota and around the world seem to be involved.

'Implied consent' in Minnesota forces a breath test

Some people may think that if you are pulled over by the police under the suspicion of driving while intoxicated, you have the right to refuse a breath test. This changes from state to state, but in Minnesota, you actually can't refuse a breath test. It's called "implied consent," which means that if you are lawfully arrested by a police officer for operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or other substances, you are legally obligated to perform a breath, blood or urine test.

Minnesota prenuptial agreements can protect assets


As much as Minnesotans plan and work toward a successful marriage, the reality is that only 50% of marriages have a shot at making it last. There are obviously things that each couple can do to build a stronger relationship, but there is no magic equation. One interesting statistic shows that social media may be hurting marriages. A study published in the journal, Computers in Human Behavior, found a relationship between social media use and troubled marriages heading toward divorce.

Surrogacy arrangement creates child support question


There are a number of ways for Minnesota parents to have children in this day and age. Just because a women is unable to conceive naturally does not mean that she cannot have a biological child. In vitro fertilization and surrogacy are just two of the methods that some moms and parents turn to in order to have children. Although the medical procedures may be well established, the laws surrounding surrogacy are still relatively new.

Federal ignition interlock bill being introduced

Drunk driving laws are something that is in the control of the states. This gives states the flexibility to mold their DWI laws to what they think will be best for their citizens. What one state views as the best DWI policy may be quite different from what another state sees as best. Thus, unsurprisingly, the types of charges that a person can face for drunk driving, the potential sentences and penalties for drunk driving and the types of things that can cause a person to face enhanced charging or sentencing in relation to drunk driving can vary quite a bit from state to state.

Retirement accounts under fire in grey divorces


Minnesotans may plan for retirement but they do not always plan for divorce. Unfortunately, a divorce can wreak havoc on retirement account if couples do not follow the certain steps at divorce or at least prepare for the possibility of divorce.

Minnesota woman accused of DWI following campground incident

During the summer months, many Minnesotans head out to campgrounds to enjoy the great outdoors and the nice weather. Recently, a Pelican Rapids woman has found herself facing accusations of DWI and other criminal conduct in relation to an alleged incident at a campground.

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