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Accidents can lead to criminal law need

Few things are more distressing than an accident in which a Minnesota child is injured. Children are cherished within American culture, and the community cries out for justice when a child is harmed. Unfortunately, the incident that led to injury is often an accident, in which the responsible party did nothing wrong. Often, this leads to the need for a criminal law response to charges filed after such an incident.

Such may be the case for a driver who struck and injured a child who was on his way to school. The accident took place around 7 a.m. on a recent weekday. A 12-year-old boy was walking to school when he was hit by a car.

The accident took place as the boy was attempting to cross the road. The driver of one vehicle slowed to allow the child to cross. However, another driver was approaching from behind the slowed car, and passed that vehicle before striking the boy. As of the time of this report, no charges have been filed. The boy suffered serious head injuries and is in critical condition.

In many cases such as the one mentioned here, criminal charges are filed against the driver. However, in this case, the driver may not have known that the child was in the roadway and may have done nothing wrong. A conviction associated with injuring a child can have serious punitive repercussions and could change the life of a Minnesota resident who did nothing wrong. For those who find themselves in this difficult position, it is imperative to formulate a carefully constructed criminal law response.

Source:, "Boy struck by car while walking to school", Dana Thiede, Oct. 27, 2014

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