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Frequent posts contain valuable information and commentary about South Dakota auto accidents, family law, criminal defense, will contests, business litigation, estate litigation, personal injury, and wrongful death cases. Learn more to win your case today.


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4/9/2014
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Avoid Facebook While Your South Dakota Criminal Case Is Pending

If you’re facing criminal proceedings after an arrest in South Dakota, it might be a good idea to avoid Facebook and other social media sites entirely.

Category: Criminal Defense

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4/2/2014
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Why Commercial Drivers Should Get Help With South Dakota DUI Charges

Don’t risk your future as a commercial driver by trying to handle DUI charges on your own. An attorney can make a big difference in the outcome of your case.

Category: Criminal Defense

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3/26/2014
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When Are Continuances Granted in a South Dakota Criminal Case?

You and your criminal defense attorney have determined that you need more time before you go to trial. When will the court grant a continuance?

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3/20/2014
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South Dakota “Look Back” Means Fewer Options for Repeat DUI Offenders

South Dakota’s “look back” system means a previous history of DUI conviction can limit your options and increase penalties if you are arrested again.

Category: Criminal Defense

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3/18/2014
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Limited Driving Privileges Not Guaranteed After a South Dakota DUI

Although some people are able to retain limited driving privileges after a South Dakota DUI conviction, it definitely isn’t the case for everyone.

Category: Criminal Defense

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3/9/2014
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Talking to the Police If You Are Questioned About a South Dakota Crime

Law enforcement officers want to ask you a few questions, but what you say might not help your case. In fact, anything you say could hurt you later on.

Category: Criminal Defense

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3/2/2014
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Don’t Talk Yourself Into a Ticket During a South Dakota DUI Stop

In the panic of being pulled over, it’s easy to make mistakes. Be careful not to talk yourself into a ticket when you’re pulled over for a potential DUI.

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2/26/2014
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Tips for Handling Disagreements During a DUI Stop in South Dakota

If you are treated poorly by police or disagree with the charges against you, follow these tips to avoid forfeiting your rights during a South Dakota DUI stop.

Category: Criminal Defense

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2/20/2014
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The Meaning of Conviction and Sentencing in South Dakota

A criminal conviction isn’t the same thing as a criminal sentence, although the two are related. Find out the differences in this quick overview.

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2/18/2014
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South Dakota Convictions Go on Your Record Even If You Avoid Jail

If you avoid jail time after you are convicted of a criminal offense in South Dakota, you should know the conviction still shows up on your criminal record.

Category: Criminal Defense

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2/9/2014
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“Implied Consent” Law in South Dakota Reviewed for Constitutionality

A South Dakota law that allows police to order blood tests without a warrant or consent is up for review after a Supreme Court ruling in a Missouri case.

Category: Criminal Defense

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2/2/2014
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Consenting to a Police Search When You Have Nothing to Hide

Having nothing to hide doesn’t necessarily mean that you should consent to a police search of your property or belongings. A South Dakota attorney explains why.

Category: Criminal Defense

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1/26/2014
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Standard Conditions of Parole in South Dakota

Parole in South Dakota isn’t the same thing as total freedom—you will still have to adhere to certain terms if you want to stay out trouble and out of jail.

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1/21/2014
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Myths About Refusing a Mandatory DUI Test in South Dakota

In South Dakota, what happens if you refuse to take a blood-alcohol test when you’re pulled over for a DWI? An attorney busts some common myths.

Category: Criminal Defense

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1/18/2014
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Panic Leads to Major Mistakes During South Dakota DWI Stops

If you panic during a South Dakota DWI stop, your criminal case could be much more difficult. Here’s why you should keep your cool if you’re pulled over.

Category: Criminal Defense

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1/14/2014
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What to Expect if You Are Placed on Probation in South Dakota

Not sure what to expect from probation in South Dakota? An experienced criminal defense attorney allays fears by talking about common probation conditions.

Category: Criminal Defense

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1/2/2014
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Why You Should Remain Silent After a DUI Arrest

You’ve probably heard that you have right to remain silent after a DUI arrest, but how does that help your criminal defense case? Find out here.

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12/26/2013
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What to Do at a Sobriety Checkpoint in South Dakota

Not sure what to do if you’re stopped at a sobriety checkpoint in South Dakota? Read this to learn several easy tips.

Category: Criminal Defense

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12/20/2013
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Getting a Lawyer for a Loved One Who Has Been Arrested in South Dakota

Can you speak to a lawyer on behalf of a loved one who has been arrested in South Dakota? An experienced defense attorney explains what you need to know.

Category: Criminal Defense

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12/18/2013
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Don’t Talk About the Case When a Loved One Is Arrested in South Dakota

Be careful who you talk to—saying too much or talking to the wrong people can seriously damage your loved one’s case after an arrest in South Dakota.

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12/9/2013
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Blood-Alcohol Limits and South Dakota DUI Arrests

Think the legal limit is .08% for all drivers? Don’t be surprised by a South Dakota DUI arrest for a lower blood-alcohol level in these special circumstances.

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12/2/2013
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Three Myths About Being Falsely Accused of a Crime in South Dakota

An experienced criminal defense attorney explains three common myths about what happens after you have been falsely accused of a crime in South Dakota.

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11/26/2013
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How Mandatory Sentencing Laws Affect Your South Dakota Conviction

Some offenses carry mandatory minimum sentences under the law. An experienced attorney explains what this means after a conviction in South Dakota.

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11/20/2013
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Don’t Assume You Will Be Found Guilty After a South Dakota DUI Arrest

If you have been arrested for a DUI in South Dakota, don’t assume you’ll be found guilty. A Sioux Falls DUI attorney can help you reduce or avoid penalties.

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11/18/2013
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Testing Could Be Challenged After a DUI Arrest in South Dakota

A positive breathalyzer or blood-alcohol test could be challenged by an experienced attorney after a South Dakota DUI arrest. Learn more about your rights here.

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Auto Accident

South Dakota traffic accident victims can trust their personal injury claims to the qualified attorneys at Zimmer, Duncan and Cole, LLP. Zimmer, Duncan and Cole, LLP has offices in Sioux Falls and Parker, South Dakota. Our lawyers have been winning cases and serving South Dakota clients since 1948. If you need a fast, adaptable, approachable, and professional attorney to handle your car, truck, or motorcycle crash claim, come to the firm with a reputation you can depend on.

Criminal Defense

The attorneys at Zimmer, Duncan and Cole, LLP have a reputation for winning cases. If you have been accused of a crime, whether the charge is DUI/DWI, assault, or theft, a Zimmer, Duncan and Cole, LLP attorney can protect your rights and make your options clear. We will go to trial, and we never pressure our clients to take a plea bargain. Our lawyers handle criminal defense cases in a fast, adaptable, approachable, and professional manner. Zimmer, Duncan and Cole, LLP has been serving clients and winning cases in South Dakota since 1948.

Family Law

At Zimmer, Duncan and Cole, LLP, we understand the sensitive and emotional nature of family law.  For that very reason, we provide compassionate representation to our clients.  We will guide you through the emotional and complicated legal process and help you resolve your family law matters.  If you are in need of help or have questions regarding family law issues, please contact our family law attorneys today.

Business Litigation

Our reputation speaks for itself: we win cases. The Sioux Falls, South Dakota lawyers at Zimmer, Duncan and Cole, LLP are fast, adaptable, approachable, and professional. If you are considering bringing a lawsuit on behalf of your South Dakota business, contact Zimmer, Duncan and Cole, LLP. Our attorneys handle general business litigation and also practice before agencies, boards and commissions of state and local government. Zimmer, Duncan and Cole, LLP has been serving clients and winning cases in South Dakota since 1948.

Personal Injury

Have you suffered a catastrophic personal injury in South Dakota? Visit this page and call a Sioux Falls personal injury attorney at Zimmer, Duncan and Cole, LLP.

Estate Litigation

Estate litigation is a complicated process, but our South Dakota will contest attorneys explain the steps and keep it straightforward for you. Protecting your rights and your assets is of utmost importance to the attorneys of Zimmer, Duncan & Cole, LLP. A number of issues may arise when a loved one passes away. Whether it is a will contest or heading to court to address trust or other estate issues, our experienced lawyers will represent you and take care of your dispute. Call our office in either Sioux Falls or Parker. Our South Dakota estate litigation lawyers have represented clients throughout the state since 1948.

Wrongful Death

Cases that involve the death of a loved one caused by another person’s misconduct are “wrongful death” cases. If a loved one died because of the recklessness of another person, you may have the right to financial compensation.  At Zimmer, Duncan and Cole, LLP we will treat you with the utmost concern, respect, and compassion and help you understand your legal rights and your options.

Will Contest

If your South Dakota relative or loved one left a will that seems questionable, or if you need to defend a will against false claims, contact Zimmer, Duncan and Cole, LLP. With offices in Sioux Falls and Parker, SD, our attorneys help families, heirs, and beneficiaries in will contests involving questions of fraud, undue influence, mental capacity, and more. Zimmer, Duncan and Cole, LLP’s fast, adaptable, approachable, and professional lawyers have been serving clients and winning cases in South Dakota since 1948. Please contact us at 888-733-2992 to discuss your case.

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