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DWI Arrest Could Now Lead to Visa Revocation for Employees in U.S. Even Without a Conviction

Click here for an interesting article on the impact a DWI arrest or conviction can have for individuals in the United States on nonimmigrant work visas. 

Attorney Grant Borgen Recognized as 2016 North Star Lawyer

Attorney Grant Borgen has been recognized as a 2016 North Star Lawyer. The North Star Lawyer designation is provided to Minnesota State Bar Association members who provide 50 or more hours of pro bono legal services per year to low-income persons. In 2016, over 1,010 North Star Lawyers provided over 113,000 total hours of free legal services valued over $22,600,000.

Truck drivers face a significant risk of injury every day

The trucking industry is highly regulated. However, that does not mean that professionals who transport goods across town or over the road are fully protected from unreasonable demands and other hazards that increase the risk for injury. Over the road and local truck drivers often face a variety of issues that drivers of passenger vehicles may not fully understand.

The risk of injury for a professional driver is real. Truck drivers who are injured while driving a big-rig may be entitled to workers' compensation benefits. Moreover, if a manufacturer of parts on the truck or another driver on the road was negligent in causing an accident, an injured professional driver may have a claim against the third-party who caused the accident.

Syngenta Corn Litigation Update: First Bellwether Trial Began Monday, April 24, 2017 in Minneapolis, MN

The first trial in the of tens of thousands of U.S. lawsuits against Swiss agribusiness giant Syngenta began on Monday, April 24, 2017 in Minneapolis, MN. The lawsuit seeks to hold Syngenta accountable for its decision to introduce a genetically engineered corn seed variety to the U.S. market before China approved it for imports. For more inforamtion about the trial and the case, click here.

Minnesota Law Allows You to Seal Criminal Records

In 2015, Minnesota revised its expungement law. The revised law makes it easier to seal criminal records. The revised law also allows, for the first time, meaningful expungement of criminal records relating to certain felony offenses. Before delving into the analysis of which records can be expunged and how easy or difficult it is to expunge the records, it is important to understand what expungement does.

Study: Teens prone to risky behavior and thrill seeking

It is no secret that drivers between the ages of 16 and 20 are involved in far too many accidents on southern Minnesota roads. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that legal drivers under the age of 20 are at a high risk for injury in motor vehicle wreck. Car accidents are the leading cause of death for teens in America. New research indicates that the risks that teen driver's face behind the wheel may include more than just their inexperience.

The Need For Excitement Peaks At 19 -- Before Self Regulation Fully Kicks In

Most parents of adolescent children know that kids seem to engage in risky behavior and rarely can provide a logical reason for their antics. A recent study that included more than 5000 people between the ages of 10 and 30 suggests that the teen brain is wired to seek excitement. The researchers say that teens in all 11 countries across Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas share similar desires for thrill seeking that peaks at the age of 19. At the same time, the parts of the brain that engage to provide self-regulation does not reach full-development until young adults are in their mid-20s.

A Defendant's Constitutional Rights in a Criminal Case

Criminal defendants have constitutional rights during the course of a criminal case. The most significant, and likely most well-known, is that a criminal defendant is presumed innocent until the government proves a defendant is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. The burden of proof is exclusively with the government-a criminal defendant does not need to prove anything.

Sexual Assault Charges Dismissed

Yesterday, the Olmsted County Attorney's Office dismissed sexual assault charges against Stanley Fieseler of Chatfield, MN. A jury trial was set to begin in the case when the State of Minnesota informed Mr. Fieseler that it would not  be going forward with the charges. Mr. Fieseler was facing one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct. Mr. Fieseler vehemently denied any wrongdoing in the case. 

Attorney Charles Bird Named Super Lawyer for 24th Consecutive Year

Charles Bird, of Bird Jacobsen and Stevens, has been selected to the 2017 Minnesota Super Lawyers list. He has received this honor every year since 1994. Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.

Keep it down! Hearing Loss is #1 in the Workplace

If you are experiencing some form of hearing loss, you're not alone. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 4 million workers go to work each day in damaging noise. Additionally, 22 million workers are exposed to hazardous noise each year. The occupational hazards associated with hearing loss are very expensive.

About $242 million is spent in worker's compensation for hearing loss disability per year. For someone who is not aware of the dangerous effects of hazardous noise, they could become a victim of this epidemic -- feeling as if they have no recourse to get compensated for their injuries. For construction workers, the risks are even higher.

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