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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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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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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.

Category: Criminal Defense

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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!

Category: Criminal Defense

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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.

Category: Criminal Defense

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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.

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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.

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1/18/2015
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Do Juvenile Offenders Need an Attorney?

Does your child need an attorney if they have been accused of a crime? Learn more about the juvenile justice system in our latest blog post.

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1/12/2015
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South Dakota DUI Crashes Down

South Dakota’s list of alcohol-related crashes is considerably smaller than previous years, indicating a possible trend for the better.

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1/7/2015
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Is Sexting a Criminal Offense?

As cellphones gain an ever-important role in our lives, new laws have been adopted to govern sexting among minors.

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1/2/2015
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Challenging the Basis of Your DUI Stop

A police officer must have a reasonable suspicion to pull you over for a DUI stop—learn what will work (and what won’t) accordingly to the law.

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12/28/2014
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Safe Holiday Party Tips

New Year’s Eve is a few days away, and we have some party tips to keep you safe and out of trouble for 2015!

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12/23/2014
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Domestic Violence Charges in South Dakota

South Dakota takes domestic violence very seriously—if you are facing charges, you may need an experienced criminal defense lawyer.

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12/18/2014
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Helping to Stop Underage Drinking

As colleges close their doors for winter break, many underage college students return home for fun—but it could cost them.

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12/12/2014
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Choosing the Right South Dakota Bail Bondsman

When you are in jail, it can be tempting to take the first offer you get from a bail bondsman, but doing your research is critical.

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12/9/2014
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12 Things an Injured Victim Should Know - No. 12

Over the next several weeks ZDC will identify 12 things an injured victim should know. Find out more by checking out ZDC's blog each week.

Category: Auto Accident

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12/9/2014
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12 Things an Injured Victim Should Know - No. 11

Over the next several weeks ZDC will identify 12 things an injured victim should know. Find out more by checking out ZDC's blog each week.

Category: Auto Accident

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12/9/2014
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12 Things an Injured Victim Should Know - No. 10

Over the next several weeks ZDC will identify 12 things an injured victim should know. Find out more by checking out ZDC's blog each week.

Category: Auto Accident

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