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Understanding what fifth-degree assault is in Minnesota

An assault in the fifth degree is the lowest level of assault in the state and is defined under the 2015 Minnesota Statutes as a misdemeanor offense. Despite the lower level of the allegation, it's important to remember that all assault charges are serious and could have significant long-term consequences.

What a reduction to drug sentencing guidelines in Minnesota means

In Minnesota, drug crimes carry hefty consequences, both personally and professionally. Not only could someone end up unemployed -- struggling to find a new job or housing -- but depending on the crime, he or she could also end up behind bars. Going by a recent proposal, though, there could end up being a reduction in the number of people who end up behind bars for certain lower-level drug crimes.

Understanding Minnesota’s wireless communication law

People in Grand Forks use a variety of handheld devices to look at websites, send messages and even make phone calls. However, The Office of the Revisor of Statutes states that using devices for electronic messages is illegal while behind the wheel of a car. While the statute does not indicate what the penalty is for a first violation, those who are cited for an additional violation will have to pay fines, including one in the amount of $225. 

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