STEP BY STEP GUIDE: How to Behave If You’re Being Arrested

December 3, 2015  |  Adriel B. Villarreal

If you’re under arrest, your first instinct may be to resist – especially if you’re innocent. But the way you behave and conduct yourself will have a major impact on the outcome of your case. Knowing how to behave will be the key to a favorable outcome. 1. Stay Calm The first, and most important thing, is to stay calm. Stay in control of your emotions, words and body language. Yelling, using inappropriate language or resisting the officers will only make matters worse for you. Be polite and be respectful. 2. Do Not Try to Run It should go without saying, but you should never try to run or even walk away. Always keep your hands where the officers can see them. Do not put your hands in your pockets or make any sudden movements. Do not touch a police officer either. 3. Don’t Give More Information Than You Have To If necessary, give the police your name and address, but do not provide them with any other information. Always remember that anything you say can and will be used against you. Simply remain silent or ask to speak to your lawyer. 4. Do Not Give the Police Permission to Search Your Vehicle To search a vehicle, the police must have probably cause,…

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Joan M. Quade Appointed Chair of 21st District Ethics Committee

November 16, 2015  |  BGS

The Minnesota State Supreme Court has appointed BGS Shareholder Joan M. Quade as Chair of the 21st District Ethics Committee for a term of 6 years. As Chair, Joan will oversee the 21st District Ethics Committee’s purpose to investigate and make recommendations to the Office of Lawyers’ Professional Responsibility in cases that involve the lawyers’ code of ethics and attorney’s pledge to adhere. Joan is a BGS Board Member and the Practice Group leader for the Business Litigation and Employment law groups. Her areas of practice focus on Commercial Litigation and include everything from Business Disputes to Constructions Defects and Toxic Mold cases.

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Driving in the Snow-We all Know it's Coming

November 12, 2015  |  Adriel B. Villarreal

When the weather turns colder,  Twin Citians know that eventually we will get hit with snow.  While many of us prefer the warmer weather, it’s always a good idea to review winter driving tips to avoid accidents and injuries. I found a comprehensive list of winter driving tips that give a great review for all us Minnesota winter drivers young and old. 1. Carry emergency clothing in the car. A stocking cap, snow boots, mittens, a pair of coveralls, and a blaze orange vest so you will be seen if you have to walk. 2. If you get stuck, kitty litter is a good way to get traction under your wheels. Carry the litter in a couple of gallon plastic milk jugs. Sand and dirt are ok too, but they freeze solid if any moisture collects on them. Some people carry metal treads, but you have to stop and go back for them. Some carry a few evergreen branches. 3. When driving on ice, always try to drive with 2 tires on the right shoulder of the road. It is usually graveled, and provides better traction than the smooth streets or highways. This won’t work if there is snow. 4. Plan your route to avoid stop signs and lights on the top of…

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