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7/7/2015
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Can You Be Arrested for a DUI Sitting in a Parked Car?

If you’re intoxicated in a parked car, you can still be arrested for a DUI in South Dakota. Here, learn what factors into an arrest.

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7/1/2015
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Takata Recall Update: Airbags Must Be Replaced a Second Time

Takata revealed that its replacement airbags must be replaced again due to defective parts. Learn if your car is on the recall list.

Category: Auto Accident

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6/30/2015
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Blood Evidence in Rapid City DUI Case to Be Thrown Out

The Rapid City DUI arrest procedure from 2014 is under question. Will evidence in other DUI cases in Rapid City also be suppressed?

Category: Criminal Defense

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6/24/2015
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Is There a New Concealed Carry Permit in South Dakota?

A concealed carry bill has been brought before the Senate in South Dakota. The bill would allow for a carry permit that would be good in neighboring states.

Category: Criminal Defense

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6/18/2015
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DUI App Records Traffic Stop, Texts or Emails a Local Lawyer

A new app has a very specific, very surprising purpose: to help you protect you if you're pulled over for a DUI. Learn more about it here.

Category: Criminal Defense

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6/16/2015
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Breathalyzer Apps Tested for Accuracy

Being able to breathe into a device and have your BAC calculated in an app seems like a good idea. But do breathalyzer apps work?

Category: Criminal Defense

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6/9/2015
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James Valley DUI Court Holds First Graduation

DUI court is fairly new in South Dakota so when James Valley DUI Court graduated their first participant the community rallied around the graduate.

Category: Criminal Defense

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6/9/2015
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The Difference Between DUI Court and Drug Court

DUI court is based on the drug court model. However, there are several important differences between the two. Learn more about the differences here.

Category: Criminal Defense

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6/2/2015
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What to Do If You Caused a Car Accident

If you believe you were at fault in a car accident, there are three things you need to do, right away, to protect yourself.

Category: Criminal Defense

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5/30/2015
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Should I Plead Guilty to Reduce a Federal Criminal Sentence

Is pleading guilty the best hope you have of reducing your sentencing? Find out what options you have for reduced penalties in a federal criminal case.

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5/24/2015
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4 DUI Defenses Used to Dismiss Charges Against Women Drivers

Are you a woman facing DUI charges? Find out how to build a solid defense using these factors to discredit the evidence against you.

Category: Criminal Defense

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5/18/2015
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Double Jeopardy Doesn’t Apply to a State and Federal Crime

Think that you can’t be tried for the same offense twice? Find out why a double jeopardy defense may not save you from these state and federal crimes.

Category: Criminal Defense

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5/12/2015
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Controlled Substances That Can Result in a South Dakota DUI

Is there any safe limit when using controlled substances and driving? Find out how South Dakota’s drugged driving laws impact your DUI case.

Category: Criminal Defense

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5/7/2015
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Differences Between Actual and Constructive Drug Possession

Can you be arrested if drugs are found near you, but not on you? Find out the difference between actual and constructive drug possession charges.

Category: Criminal Defense

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5/2/2015
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Challenging Blood Test Results in After a DUI Charge

Is a chemical test proof-positive that you were driving drunk? Find out how you can successfully refute blood test results after a DUI charge.

Category: Criminal Defense

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4/30/2015
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Are Sobriety Checkpoints Considered Legal in South Dakota

Can officers search your vehicle at a South Dakota sobriety checkpoint? Find out which actions are legal (and which are prohibited) at DUI checkpoints.

Category: Criminal Defense

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4/24/2015
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Ways to Use a Polygraph Test in Your Criminal Defense Case

A polygraph test can be used to prove guilt, but it can also be used to prove innocence, dismiss evidence, and get charges dropped in a criminal defense case.

Category: Criminal Defense

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4/18/2015
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Pleading Guilty to a Charge of Wet Reckless

What is the difference between a DUI and a wet reckless offense? Learn more about the difference in the sentence and terms of these charges.

Category: Criminal Defense

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4/12/2015
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Is Anyone in South Dakota Prohibited From Carrying a Gun?

Can convicts and children under 18 years old legally carry a gun in South Dakota? Find out who can (and who can’t) carry a concealed weapon.

Category: Criminal Defense

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4/7/2015
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What Do I Need to Do to Get My License Reinstated After DUI?

Will you have to retake your driving test to get your license reinstated? Find out the costs and obligations you will need to complete after a DUI.

Category: Criminal Defense

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4/2/2015
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South Dakota Laws on Gun Possession After Committing a Crime

Are you allowed to have a gun in your possession after committing a crime in South Dakota? Learn the possible charges for carrying guns after a conviction.

Category: Criminal Defense

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3/30/2015
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Are There Any Acceptable Defenses Against Assault Charges?

Could you get the assault charges against you dismissed? Read these common accepted defenses for assault charges.

Category: Criminal Defense

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3/24/2015
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What NOT to Say When You’re Arrested for DUI

Should you explain your actions to the police if you are pulled over? Find out why it’s better to use your right to remain silent after being arrested for DUI.

Category: Criminal Defense

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3/18/2015
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Penalties for Attacks Against Prison Guards in South Dakota

What could you be charged with after attacking a prison guard in South Dakota? Find out how the special protections for law enforcement can affect your case.

Category: Criminal Defense

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3/12/2015
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How to Avoid a Drunk Driving Accident on St. Patrick’s Day

Is there any way to avoid a drunk driving crash on a major drinking holiday? Find out how revelers can stay safe from car accidents on St. Patrick’s Day.

Category: Criminal Defense

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