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Meet Our Minneapolis Liquor Law Attorneys

Three Attorneys, One Powerful Law Firm

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Attorney Kyle Dreger

Kyle Dreger

Minneapolis Liquor Law Lawyer

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Attorney Gerald Miller

Gerald Miller

Minneapolis Liquor Law Lawyer

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Attorney Cody Wright

Cody Wright

Minneapolis Liquor Law Lawyer

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Ronnie Santana

Ronnie Santana

Minneapolis Liquor Law Lawyer

Why Trust Gerald Miller Law Firm

Because

  • We offer you a FREE no obligation initial consultation.
  • We only practice criminal defense law. We don’t split our time working on other areas of law so that we can provide intense focus to your criminal case.
  • Our team is available to you 24/7/365. Our resources are deep and strong. We collaborate and continually draw from each other’s experience to devise the best strategy and defense for you.
  • Our seasoned team of Minneapolis assault lawyers, Minneapolis sex crimes lawyers, Minneapolis drug crimes lawyers, Minneapolis fraud lawyers, Minneapolis DWI lawyers and much more will fight hard for you and be by your side every step of the way.
  • We have decades of criminal courtroom experience and an in-depth knowledge of the legal system and Minnesota criminal law. This experience has taught us sophisticated and highly skilled courtroom tactics, as well as adept trial and negotiating skills.
  • We understand that each case and client is uniquely different. People hire us because of our knowledge of the system, and realize that it is our job to help a client navigate a difficult process. As we are preparing a case, we know what to look for in the evidence, but also realize that it is critical to listen to our clients needs. Then, only after we know our client, we can tailor make a defense unique to your case depending on the goals we have set out.
  • We will always treat you with compassion and respect. As our former clients will tell you, we are very quick and prompt in answering any questions, and will keep you informed about every step in the process. We have an appreciation for how stressful criminal charges can be, and that is why we take it very seriously to provide a calming, and honest, reassurance throughout. We consider the “service” side of our job to be as serious as anything else we do because being trusted to be someone’s attorney is a privilege.

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    How Minneapolis Liquor Law Attorneys Can Serve You

    Furnishing Alcohol to Minors

    Dram Shop Violations

    License Suspensions

    After-Hours Sales

    Whether you operate a grocery store, convenience store, or restaurant, alcohol sales probably make up a significant percentage of your revenue. Any legal interruption, such as a claim against your license or an alleged dram shop violation, could be financially devastating.

    The aggressive Minnesota liquor law violation lawyers at Gerald Miller, P.A. work hard to successfully resolve these cases. Part of that hard work includes proactive client communication, so you are never in the dark.

    Liquor Law Charges in Minneapolis

    Furnishing Alcohol to Minors

    Don’t make the mistake of confusing these charges with those related to drug crimes. Minnesota liquor laws are different from drug crime laws. Working with a Drug Crime Lawyer in Minneapolis will, therefore, not be as beneficial as working with a Minneapolis Liquor Law attorney.

    It is generally illegal to sell or otherwise furnish alcohol to minors. Depending on the facts of the case, even if the customer presented a fake ID, these charges could hold up in court. Furnishing alcohol to a minor is a gross misdemeanor punishable by a year in jail and a $3,000 fine.
    Frequently, these violations involve sting operations. If the undercover officer induced the defendant to commit the crime, perhaps by saying s/he was over 21, a Hennepin County judge might throw the case out of court.

    As experienced Minneapolis Liquor Law lawyers, we know that Minnesota law also contains an affirmative defense. If the minor’s parent or guardian was present and the alcohol would be consumed at home, this defense might apply.

    Dram Shop Violations

    All seasoned Minneapolis Liquor Law attorneys will agree that Minnesota has one of the broadest dram shop laws in the country. These laws hold alcohol providers liable for civil damages following an alcohol-involved car crash, assault, or similar incident. Liability attaches if the patron was obviously intoxicated at the time of sale. Evidence on this point includes:

    • Bloodshot eyes,
    • Slurred speech,
    • Odor of alcohol, and
    • Unsteady balance.

    In court, Gerald Miller usually attacks this evidence piece by piece. Individually, these items only establish alcohol consumption. So, unless all or most of them were present, the person was probably not obviously intoxicated.

    A dram shop violation could mean the loss of a liquor license in addition to liability for civil damages.

    License Suspensions

    Officials often suspend liquor licenses based on very small violations. Such action could cause problems now and in the future. Some common infractions include:

    • Selling alcohol in an illegal place, like a parking lot,
    • Tolerating unlawful practices, such as too much rowdy behavior, and
    • Employing untrained or undertrained servers.

    Frequently, these prosecutions involve an informer or whistleblower. The information these people provide must be reliable according to a strict legal standard. And, the state has the burden of proof to show reliability.

    After-Hours Sales

    An alcohol sale one minute too early or one minute too late could prompt a license suspension action. Furthermore, it’s also illegal to sell alcohol on certain days, such as Thanksgiving, any Sunday, and Christmas.

    Our Minneapolis Liquor Law lawyers normally resolve these cases out of court. That resolution usually involves a probated suspension. If there are no further violations for a few months and the owner completes other program requirements, the owners keep their licenses. Sometimes, a brief eight or ten day suspension is better than a lengthy period of probation. That option is usually available too.

    Liquor Law FAQs

    In Minnesota, production licensee must have no felonies at all. A commercial licensee must have no felonies within the past five years. If these requirements are an issue, our attorneys might be able to expunge the felony record.

    The state hardly ever revokes liquor licenses for a first offense, except in extreme circumstances. More than one or two prior suspensions, especially if they were fairly recent, could trigger a license revocation action. Common liquor law violations, as discussed above, include underage sales and sales to obviously intoxicated patrons.

    Liquor laws restrict the transportation and sales of beer, wine, distilled liquor, and other alcohol products. The state must issue a license for these activities, and that license is subject to suspension or revocation.

    Minnesota’s liquor laws contain a private right of action clause. So, a private attorney can enforce some of these laws, mostly in the context of an unintentional tort, like a car crash, or an intentional tort, like an assault.

    All states regulate the transportation and sale of alcohol in some ways. Some states are stricter than other states. In terms of their severity, Minnesota’s laws are about average.

    How We Make A Difference For You

    See What Our Clients Say

    Mandy Lamberger
    Mandy Lamberger
    13:46 15 Apr 21
    Thank you Kyle, for being kind, non judgmental and being a great guide through such unknown waters.
    T Cook
    T Cook
    19:31 14 Apr 21
    Gerald MillerMr. Miller helped with me a DWI He provided excellent advice, direction, very responsive, and professional I would not hesitate to hire Gerald Miller or his team in the future
    Eric SaintMartin
    Eric SaintMartin
    19:11 14 Apr 21
    Cody Wright and his team were nothing short professional in their dealing with my case from the first day. They returned every text, call and email promptly and completely. Every step along the long case was explained clearly and simply. Thank you Cody and Paula. You made an uncomfortable situation easy and successful.
    Teresa Bates
    Teresa Bates
    17:59 13 Apr 21
    I spoke with Gerald Miller and he was beyond helpful. He went above and beyond to do research on my case, and he did it all without asking me for a dime. i am very grateful for the time he took with me. A real class act!!!
    Kassandra Deml
    Kassandra Deml
    00:34 12 Apr 21
    I enjoyed working with Kyle. I felt supported, personally, the entire time. I was hesitant to get a lawyer, but I’m so grateful I did! I couldn’t have had such a fantastic outcome without Kyle. Definitely worth the investment!
    Gary Jacob
    Gary Jacob
    13:56 30 Mar 21
    Gerrry Miller helped a family member more than once through a difficult situation. Gerald knowledge and dedication to his clients is second to none. During a difficult and stressful time for my family he was able to ease both his and our grief. Gerry is not only devoted to getting you the very best results in your case but he genuinely cares about you as a person. He truly goes above and beyond from beginning to end for you. I highly recommend Gerald Miller and his team.

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