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8/2/2015
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Supreme Court Strikes Down Part of Federal Crime Law

The Supreme Court struck down the residual clause of the ACCA, making it harder to extend sentences of some felons with three prior convictions.

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8/1/2015
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The Differences Between a Misdemeanor and an Infraction

An infraction is a lesser crime than a misdemeanor, and the penalties if you are convicted often include a fine but usually not jail time or probation.

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7/24/2015
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How Bail Is Set in Criminal Matters

If you are charged with a crime, the court considers many factors in setting bail, such as the nature of the charges, your family ties, and your employment.

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7/22/2015
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How a DUI Conviction Can Affect Your Green Card Application

If you were convicted of a DUI and it’s your first offense, it probably will not hurt your green card application. Learn when a DUI could cause you problems.

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7/18/2015
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Can the Police Take a DNA Sample When I Am Arrested for a DUI?

If you were arrested for a DUI, you can’t be required to give a DNA sample unless you’re being charged with a felony.

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7/12/2015
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Certain Criminal Records Can Be Expunged

Your criminal conviction may be eligible for expungement if certain requirements are met. Learn what convictions can and cannot be expunged.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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