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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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3/6/2015
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How Do South Dakota’s Zero Tolerance Laws Affect Drivers?

Could you be arrested for a DUI under South Dakota’s zero tolerance law? Find out why it can be dangerous for minors to drive after even a sip of alcohol.

Category: Criminal Defense

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3/2/2015
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Why Hire an Attorney If You Plead Not Guilty in a DUI Case?

If you plan to plead not guilty to a DUI charge, will you need an attorney? Find out when and why you should hire a lawyer to help you argue your case.

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2/28/2015
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North Dakota Makes DUI History

Our neighbors to the north made history last month at a girls’ high school hockey game—read the story here!

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2/23/2015
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50 Shades of Theft: South Dakota Punishments Fit the Crime

Are you wondering about how theft charges work in South Dakota? We delve into the topic here.

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2/18/2015
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DUI Court for Chronic Offenders

South Dakota is making strides in its treatment of repeat DUI offenders, realizing that jail is a punishment and not a treatment for a deeper problem.

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2/12/2015
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Can Retailers Legally Detain Shoplifters?

Can you legally be detained by a retailer if they suspect that you have shoplifted in South Dakota? We take a look here.

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2/8/2015
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Self-Representation in Your DUI Case

Should you represent yourself in a DUI case? We discuss the argument here, in our latest blog post.

Category: Criminal Defense

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2/2/2015
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Joyriding Versus Auto Theft: What Is the Difference?

Did you take a car, only to return it later? Are you now facing theft charges? Learn more about auto theft and joyriding here.

Category: Criminal Defense

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1/28/2015
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Accomplice Liability & Criminal Intent

Accomplices to crimes are considered just as guilty as the principal offenders, but what does it take to be held liable? Find out here.

Category: Criminal Defense

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1/23/2015
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Open Container Laws Prevent DUI Crashes

South Dakota’s open container laws serve an important purpose. Learn more about the impact in our latest blog post.

Category: Criminal Defense

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