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Drug crimes: 2 facing charges after traffic stop

Many North Dakota drivers use their high beams while driving at night. Despite the knowledge that the beams should be dimmed when approaching another vehicle, drivers sometimes forget to do this. A driver was recently stopped after failing to dim his high beams, yet found himself facing charges for multiple drug crimes after the traffic stop.

According to reports from the police, a 34-year-old man was driving early one morning when officers stopped him for failing to dim his headlights. During this time, officers purportedly detected the smell of marijuana from the car. Police officers then searched the vehicle and allegedly discovered a half-pound of methamphetamine, a loaded handgun, an ounce of heroin, a pound of marijuana and other drug paraphernalia.

Key elements of white collar crime accusations

When people think of white collar crime, they do not always realize the weight of such offenses. However, such crimes are serious infractions that come with hefty penalties.

If you or a loved one face a white collar charge, it is important to understand what it entails. There are a few key elements to understand in regards to such accusations.

2 things to do after an arrest for domestic violence

If you find yourself facing a domestic violence charge in the East Grand Forks area, you might be under a great deal of stress. You may not feel like you have access to the right resources or support to help you navigate through this difficult and confusing time in your life. 

It is important for you to learn how to protect your rights and defend yourself against domestic violence and assault charges. Take some time to consider the following three things you should avoid when facing any type of criminal charges involving domestic violence and assault. 

Drug crimes on the rise on North Dakota roadways

Roadways in North Dakota are regularly filled with vehicles traveling for business or personal reasons. Law enforcement officials routinely patrol the roads to promote safety and curtail violations, such as speeding or impaired driving. However, in addition to the usual traffic violations, police officers have recently discovered that drug crimes are becoming more prevalent on state highways.

The North Dakota Highway Patrol has reported that 186 pounds of marijuana valued around $30,000 was found in Morton County. This discovery was just one of many drug busts that have occurred in the area. Officers indicate that the seizures run the gamut from small amounts to large quantities being recovered.

ND Supreme Court involved in Bismarck drunk driving case

Many North Dakota residents enjoy alcoholic beverages at holiday parties. Unfortunately, some may then decide to get in their cars and drive home. Law enforcement agencies are typically on high alert throughout the holidays and are actively watching for seemingly erratic driving. If someone is stopped by police, they may face drunk driving charges. However, one former Bismarck resident now finds her DUI charge at the center of a Fourth Amendment debate before the state's Supreme Court.

In Dec. 2016, a 52-year-old woman was driving home after a holiday party. According to reports from the Bismarck Police Department, an officer attempted to stop the woman for an apparent traffic violation. The woman allegedly continued to drive about 30 seconds longer before pulling into a detached garage on her property.

3 types of defense for domestic violence charges

There is nothing wrong with having heated disputes with your family members and loved ones in East Grand Forks, but when a verbal argument turns into a physical one, you could find yourself facing domestic violence charges. This is one situation you should not ignore. Domestic violence charges are extremely serious and can cause you great difficulty in various aspects of your life if they lead to a criminal conviction. 

You may wonder what you can do to get those charges reduced or dismissed. There are some defense tactics you can use, but they are most effective when used with the skill and expertise of a good defense attorney. Here is a brief overview of possible defense options for domestic violence charges. 

3 people accused of drug crimes in Minnesota

It seems that there are many different potential interpretations of events. For example, what could simply be someone giving a friend a ride could potentially be interpreted by onlookers as something much more suspicious. Unfortunately, three people in Minnesota were recently arrested on drug crimes after police received a report of a possible assault or drug deal.

Police reportedly received the call one evening on a day in early November. It is unclear what exactly prompted someone to contact police. However, the responding officer claims he came across a car that met the description supplied in the request for police intervention. When the vehicle pulled over, the officer claims he pulled in behind the suspect car.

Illegal use of the internet

There are all kinds of ways to make money on the internet, but some of them could get a person into trouble. The FBI identifies certain online activities as fraud, and the penalties can be stiff.

A person does not have to know how to write code to commit internet fraud. Here are a few common online activities that the law prohibits:

  • Phishing: Many people do not understand how easy it is for someone to obtain and use their personal information. An email from a fake business requesting passwords, Social Security numbers, bank account or credit card numbers and other sensitive data could lead some to comply without questioning the validity of the source.
  • Email account compromise: EAC works by requesting payments to locations that are not what they seem to be through the use of compromised emails.
  • Data breach: People may think of data breaches in terms of large companies accidentally allowing criminlas to hack personal information. However, a breach occurs if anyone who does not have authorization views online data that should be private, such as intellectual property or trade secrets.

Two Grand Forks men facing charges for drug crimes

Methamphetamine is a drug that causes concern to law enforcement agencies in North Dakota and around the country. Police officers routinely arrest individuals for using, manufacturing or selling the substance. In other instances, delivery or distribution of the drug is identified. Two men from Grand Forks were recently charged with drug crimes following an investigation.

The Grand Forks Narcotics Task Force had been conducting an investigation of meth trafficking. Records show that an informant had been used to purchase methamphetamine from a 27-year-old man. As a second transaction was taking place, surveillance video showed that the man was talking to a 22-year-old man in a sport utility vehicle. Shortly after the discussion, the older man was supposedly spotted with two ounces of meth and some cash.

Things to know about white-collar crime in Minnesota

One type of crime that is not well represented in today's media is white-collar crime. However, even considering its lack of representation, the courts still consider it a serious offense.

If you or a loved one face white-collar charges, it is important to understand what it entails in order to lodge a solid defense. Here are a few things to know about white-collar crime in Minnesota.

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