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3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Minnesota on
Q: In Minnesota if someone comes breaks into you home can you just shoot them and receive no punishment?

I am being told you can and I am being told you can't from 2 different people. One is saying Minnesota doesnt have castle law or stand your ground law so you have to flee first. The other is saying you can just pull out gun and kill the person without trying to flee.

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Mark Edward Arneson answered on Nov 9, 2020

Minnesota has a version of the castle doctrine. Under State law a person has no duty to retreat from their own home and is allowed to use deadly force, including shooting an intruder, to prevent a felony from occurring within the home.

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Q: In mn if a man is arrested for dv but the victim doesnt show will charges be dropped
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Mark Edward Arneson answered on Apr 4, 2020

It really depends. If the alleged victim was served a subpoena to be at court for the trial, some prosecutors will actually ask for a warrant to be issued for the alleged victim.

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Q: My friend lied to the police about a domestic assault and is turning herself in for it. What will happen to her?

Also will the assault case be dropped?

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Mark Edward Arneson answered on Mar 1, 2020

She will be facing a charge of filing a false police report. That charge is a gross misdemeanor in Minnesota. It is punishable by up to a year in jail and a $3000 fine. However, if this is a first offense for her, it would be highly unlikely she would serve any jail time.

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