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1 Answer | Asked in Municipal Law for Minnesota on
Q: If there is 2 water rates in the same area can they make us pay the higher one out of convenience for there company

, at a rate which is greater than either of the following:

(1) a rate which the resident could pay directly for the same utility service from some other comparable source in the same market area; or

(2) a rate which is charged to single family dwellings with comparable service... View More

James L. Arrasmith
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answered on Mar 8, 2024

If you're being charged a higher water rate than others in your area for the convenience of the company, it's crucial to understand your rights and the regulations governing utility services. Utility companies are often regulated to ensure fairness and to prevent discriminatory pricing... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Gov & Administrative Law and Municipal Law for Minnesota on
Q: If a city does not have specific regulations on a business, does it default to the county regulations?

My city does not regulate bowling alleys under their ordinances, but the county does. Does that mean that the county regulations apply to bowling alleys within my city, or that no regulations apply?

EDIT: My city is Inver Grove Heights, MN and the county is Dakota. The county regulations... View More

Robert Kane
Robert Kane
answered on Oct 23, 2023

State and federal rules and regulations apply to businesses, including bowling alleys. Then counties and cities may pass their own laws as long as they don't conflict with the State or Federal rules and regulations. There are no bowling alleys that are open for business that are unregulated.... View More

3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Municipal Law for Minnesota on
Q: Can one have a case dismissed if city attorney lies to the court for a change of a trial date?

Audio recording from city attorney saying emergency surgery, I have proof the city inspector was in the Philippines visiting his new internet girlfriend. Code violation and years of being harassed by the city. Lies on the probable cause. Not on the city hit list of violators, no complaints, no... View More

Sarah Gad
Sarah Gad
answered on Jul 5, 2023

In my opinion, a documented lie by a city attorney that is unrelated to the factual basis for a criminal charge probably would not directly result in the dismissal of that charge. This is especially true if if there is probable cause and corroborating evidence to support the charge (a city... View More

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3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Municipal Law for Minnesota on
Q: Can one have a case dismissed if city attorney lies to the court for a change of a trial date?

Audio recording from city attorney saying emergency surgery, I have proof the city inspector was in the Philippines visiting his new internet girlfriend. Code violation and years of being harassed by the city. Lies on the probable cause. Not on the city hit list of violators, no complaints, no... View More

Robert Kane
Robert Kane
answered on Jul 8, 2023

No, a case will not be dismiss a case if city attorney lies to the court for a change of a trial date. The continuance would have been denied, but little more than a shot to his credibility. Can you prove the attorney knew? Maybe that's what the city inspector told him. Maybe he had surgery... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights, Gov & Administrative Law and Municipal Law for Minnesota on
Q: Can Minnesota residents be fined today, for not wearing a face mask back in the 'Peacetime Emergency' times?

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Even though as of today those various COVID mask requirements and executive orders in Minnesota have expired, can someone be still fined, if for example this person was recorded and identified on video visiting a bar or restaurant without a mask back in 2020, during 'Peacetime... View More

Thomas C Gallagher
Thomas C Gallagher
answered on Dec 16, 2022

Because Minnesota Statutes §609.735 CONCEALING IDENTITY, appears to make wearing a mask "to prevent spread of disease" (as opposed to "medical treatment"), in public, a crime; I would challenge any attempt to enforce an "executive order" to the contrary. I've... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Traffic Tickets and Municipal Law for Minnesota on
Q: I was stopped arrested in my affidavit says a citation was issued I was not given a copy of said citation

Or given opportunity to sign the citation

Thomas C Gallagher
Thomas C Gallagher
answered on Sep 18, 2022

I'm a bit unsure about the question, since some of the terminology used in it may be different than as used by attorneys. A traffic stop alone is not an "arrest." When a driver is issued a citation by a police officer, that is done instead of an arrest, normally. In any event, you... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Traffic Tickets, Juvenile Law and Municipal Law for Minnesota on
Q: I had a municipal marijuana charge in Missouri when I was 17 out of state and now I'm 18 but wasn't able to make it to

Court when I was 17. I don't know what happend to the charge, would it get dropped or would I have a warrant for my arrest out there?

Thomas C Gallagher
Thomas C Gallagher
answered on Oct 16, 2018

If it's a question about a Missouri case, you could post the question under the appropriate Missouri category so that a Missouri lawyer will see it, and perhaps answer it for you. In case you weren't aware, this was posted in Minnesota, the wrong state for the question.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Municipal Law for Minnesota on
Q: What is meant specifically on a Vehicle Tow - Impound Report?

Vehicle Mandatory Holds

Vehicle Conditions of Release

Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson
answered on Feb 26, 2018

The vehicle conditions of release are what things you have to deal with to get the vehicle back. Typically, they would require that there is proof of insurance on the vehicle and that the impound fee be paid before it is released.

Mandatory holds would reference whether there is a reason...
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