Author: Chris Keyser

Fourth-Degree DWI: What to Expect
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Most first-time DWI offenders in Minnesota are charged with Fourth-Degree DWI.  This is a misdemeanor offense punishable by up to 90 days in jail and/or a $1,000 fine.


Question: I was charged with DWI. Why do I have two separate charges?


Answer: In almost all DWI cases, persons are charged with (1) Driving While Under the Influence of Alcohol and (2) Driving With an Alcohol Concentration of .08 or More. The “Driving While Under the Influence”

DNA Evidence Frees Man Convicted of Rape and Robbery
DNA Evidence Frees Man Convicted of Rape and Robbery
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This story, posted by The Associated Press, shows the importance of having a thorough and solid defense attorney when facing criminal charges, whether misdemeanors or felonies.


Texan Declared Innocent After 30 Years in Prison


A Texas man declared innocent Tuesday after 30 years in prison had at least two chances to make parole and be set free — if only he would admit he was a sex offender. But Cornelius Dupree Jr. refused to do so, doggedly maintaining

License Withdrawal in Minnesota: An Overview
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Driving in Minnesota is a privilege. You can lose your driving privileges if you break certain laws or fail to meet certain requirements. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety (or “DPS”) maintains your driving record, which contains information about driving and licensing violations in Minnesota and other states. Serious or recurring violations may result in loss of your driving privilege or restrictions on where, when and what types of vehicle you may drive.


License Withdrawal


Your license may

Assault 101: The Basics
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An assault is a crime of violence against another person. Assault charges are pursued according to the seriousness of the injury suffered by the victim and the relationship between the victim and the defendant. As such, the more severe the victim’s injuries, the more severe the assault charge will be. If the victim has a particular relationship with the defendant, the charge can become a “domestic assault.”


Minnesota assault statutes contain six types of assault charges:

  • First Degree Assault

Public Defender vs. Private Attorney
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Many defendants find themselves eligible for the services of a public defender but are skeptical about the quality of representation they will get. These state-paid attorneys, sometimes called “public pretenders” are often unfairly branded as incompetent lawyers. Many public defenders provide outstanding services to defendants in the Minnesota criminal justice system. Without the great work of our public defenders, our justice system would fall apart. So if public defenders are so great, why should anyone hire a private criminal defense

Minnesota DWI 101: The Basics
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Category: DWI/DUI

In Minnesota, it is a crime for any person to drive, operate, or be in physical control of any motor vehicle (except for motorboats in operation and off-road recreational vehicles) when:


  • the person is under the influence of alcohol
  • the person is under the influence of a controlled substance
  • the person is knowingly under the influence of a hazardous substance that affects the nervous system, brain, or muscles of the person so as to substantially impair the person’s ability

Governor Pawlenty Proposes Doubling Sex Offense Sentences
Governor Pawlenty Proposes Doubling Sex Offense Sentences
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Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty recently proposed an increase in sex offense sanctions – a measure that will double the maximum period of incarceration for First-Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct offenders from 12 years to 25 years.


Gov. Pawlenty stated that sex offenders present “a very serious challenge” and “need to be kept off the street for as long as possible.”


In the last ten years, there has been a 40 percent increase in imprisoned sex offenders. Pawlenty said the



With offices in Minneapolis and Stillwater, Minnesota, Keyser Law, P.A. handles cases throughout the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area including:




Bloomington, Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Champlin, Chanhassen, Corcoran, Crystal, Dayton, Deephaven, Eden Prairie, Edina, Excelsior, Golden Valley, Greenfield, Greenwood, Hanover, Hopkins, Independence, Long Lake, Loretto, Maple Grove, Maple Plain, Medicine Lake, Medina, Minneapolis, Minnetonka, Minnetrista, Mound, New Hope, Orono, Osseo, Plymouth, Richfield, Robbinsdale, Rockford, Rogers, Shorewood, Spring Park, St. Anthony Village, St. Bonifacius, St. Louis Park, Wayzata, Woodland and Hassan Township.



Afton, Bayport, Birchwood Village, Cottage Grove, Dellwood, Forest Lake, Grant, Hugo, Lake Elmo, Lake St. Croix Beach, Lakeland Shores, Lakeland, Landfall, Mahtomedi, Marine on St. Croix, Newport, Oak Park Heights, Oakdale, Pine Springs, Scandia, St. Marys Point, St. Paul Park, Stillwater, Willernie, White Bear Lake, Woodbury, Baytown, Denmark, Grey Cloud Island, May, West Lakeland, Garen and Point Douglas.


Arden Hills, Blaine, Falcon Heights, Gem Lake, Lauderdale, Little Canada, Maplewood, Mounds View, New Brighton, North Oaks, North St. Paul, Roseville, Shoreview, St. Anthony, St. Paul, Spring Lake Park, Vadnais Heights, White Bear Lake and White Bear Lake Township.


Andover, Anoka, Bethel, Blaine, Centerville, Circle Pines, Columbia Heights, Columbus, Coon Rapids, East Bethel, Fridley, Ham Lake, Hilltop, Lexington, Lino Lakes, Nowthen, Oak Grove, Ramsey and St. Francis.


Apple Valley, Burnsville, Coates, Eagan, Farmington, Hampton, Hastings, Inver Grove Heights, Lakeville, Lilydale, Mendota, Mendota Heights, Miesville, New Trier, Northfield, Randolph, Rosemount, South St. Paul, Sunfish Lake, Vermillion and West St. Paul.