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Presumed Guilty: Issuing a Dishonored Check

About 4 in 5 Americans live paycheck to paycheck, just one financial mishap from potential disaster. In Minnesota, that disaster can include criminal liability. When Minnesotans issue a check to a government agency, from their local county license center to the Department of Revenue, they can expect prosecution if the check bounces. And even if it was an accident, the current state of the law will presume they are guilty, potentially of a felony. Under Minnesota Statutes Section 609.535, a person who intentionally issues a check that later bounces is guilty of a felony if the check was more than...
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Witness to History: 2017

In 2017 Mankato was named the 2nd best college town in the United States by Schools.com, “not only because of the amenities it offers to current students but also for its job potential after graduation.” Also in 2017, Christopher DeLong, Farrish Johnson Law Office’s newest attorney, graduated from New York Law School. Best College Town Schools.com ranked the city of Mankato number 2 on a list of the 25 best college towns in America. They gathered data on more than 170 medium-sized and small college towns, focusing on those with populations of fewer than 150,000 residents. Statistics analyzed included walkability,...
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I Was Fired: How Do I Get My Last Paycheck?

There is no shame in it; people get fired all the time, often for innocuous reasons. If it happens to you, there are a few things you should know, like how to get paid. Whether you are paid by the hour, salary, on commission, or some combination of those, your earned compensation that has not been paid is due immediately upon being fired. You are protected by Minnesota Statutes Section 181.13, which provides that unpaid wages or commissions must be paid within 24 hours or the employer will start to accrue a penalty. That penalty is a day’s wages or...
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The Right to Counsel in DUI Cases

In 1991, the Minnesota Supreme Court held that the Minnesota Constitution afforded all persons a right to counsel before submitting to a chemical test administered by a law enforcement officer under Minnesota’s Implied Consent Law.[1]  For drivers arrested on suspicion of driving while impaired, the Implied Consent Law provided law enforcement a powerful tool in coercing drivers to undergo testing: submit to the test or lose your license.  The Minnesota Supreme Court thought these circumstances called for at least the advice of counsel.  In sum, after a law enforcement officer read the implied consent advisory to a driver, that officer...
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Introducing Christopher A. DeLong

Christopher will be focusing his practice in the areas of civil litigation, appellate practice, criminal defense, and construction litigation. Prior to joining Farrish Johnson Law Office Christopher was a law clerk for the Honorable Justice G. Barry Anderson of the Minnesota Supreme Court. As a Marine Corps veteran, Christopher is dedicated to providing his clients with the highest quality legal services and determined advocacy on their behalf. Learn more about Christopher here.  If you have questions about a civil litigation matter, an appeal, or criminal defense, call 507-625-2525 to schedule a consult with Christopher.

Presumed Guilty: Issuing a Dishonored Check

About 4 in 5 Americans live paycheck to paycheck, just one financial mishap from potential disaster. In Minnesota, that disaster can include criminal liability. When Minnesotans issue a check to a government agency, from their local county license center to the Department of Revenue, they can expect prosecution if the check bounces. And even if it was an accident, the current state of the law will presume they are guilty, potentially of a felony. Under Minnesota Statutes Section 609.535 , a person who intentionally issues a check that later bounces is guilty of a felony if the check was more...
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