Friday, August 18, 2017 - Legal Defense Services - 952-473-5405

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DWI A DWI in the State of Minnesota is a serious crime that requires an aggressive and knowledgeable lawyer.

Drunk driving involves the act of operating and/or driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs to the degree that mental and motor skills are impaired. DWI laws also apply to recreational vehicles including boats, all-terrain vehicles and the piloting of an airplane.

Many judges will place a first-time offender in jail. There are increased penalties for repeat offenders and even first-time offenders who test .20 or more or who have a child under 16 in the vehicle. There are tough, mandatory jail terms even for persons convicted on a Second DWI. Call me 24 hours a day! Go to DWI.MN for more information.
Gun Possession A conviction for many felonies, and even a misdemeanor Domestic Assault will make it a felony, indeed a federal felony, for you to possess a gun. The mere issuance of a Domestic Abuse Order for Protection will also prohibit you from passessing a firearm.

Paul B. Ahern is an avid sportsman who takes your right to possess a gun seriously. Unfortunately, not many hunters are attracted to the practice of criminal defense law, and, therefore, one could not expect them to care about your passion for the outdoors. The time to take action to protect your right to possess a firearm is BEFORE you are convicted of Domestic Assault or a Felony. Similarly, you need to take action BEFORE that judge issues a permanent Order for Protection against you.
Controlled Substances / Drug Cases Drug crimes range from simple possession of marijuana to complex drug conspiracy cases in Federal Court. Paul Ahern has handled drug cases from simple possession to serious drug conspiracies and even gang-related cases involving allegations of intimidation and extreme violence. Sometimes the police will try to get you to snitch on drug dealers and co-conspirators. You should discuss the risks and potential benefits of that kind of "deal" with a criminal defense attorney. You should know that you can lose your driver's license because of a conviction for simple possession of a small amount of marijuana in a motor vehicle.
Theft Theft crimes are handled differently by different prosecutors. The penalty also increases as the amount allegedly stolen increases. Moreover, there are things which can occur outside of a theft conviction in criminal court which can unexpectedly cause problems in your life. In later court cases, you can be asked about your theft conviction so the other side can paint you as a liar as you fight for custody of your children, bring a lawsuit against a driver who seriously injured you or deny a criminal charge of something you did not do. The unknown penalties are often the worst in theft cases. You need an aggressive defense to any allegation of theft, from misdemeanor theft to serious complex felony thefts and swindles.
Assault Allegations of assault range from Attempted Murder to Misdemeanor bar fights. Prosecutors, politicians and judges have dedicated their efforts to try to ensure severe penalties for "violent criminals." If you are charged with any kind of assault, they're aiming at you. You need an attorney to defend your interests. Watch out; they don't even have to prove that you hit or hurt anyone, just that you caused fear of bodily harm. Prosecutors will push cases, even when the victim doesn't want to press charges.

paulahernPaul B. Ahern has been practicing law since 1983 when he was admitted to the Minnesota Bar. In 1987, he was admitted to the U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota. Mr. Ahern is a member of the Minnesota Society for Criminal Justice; the Criminal Section of the Minnesota Bar Association, the National College for DUI Defense and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.  Read full biography