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What are the most common white collar crimes?

Facing criminal charges of any type can be frightening, but defendants in North Dakota who have been accused of a white collar crime may feel especially worried. Because white collar crimes typically involve significant amounts of money, the consequences of a conviction can be severe. Understanding some of the most common types of charges in this category can help ease defendants' fears and make it easier to proceed with defense planning. 

Commonly referred to as insider trading, securities fraud involves a person who uses inside information regarding a company to act unlawfully. The most common example of securities fraud is that of an employee who has advance knowledge of a deal, earnings report or other financial news, and uses that information to sell off stock before the price plummets. This charge can also involve misleading potential investors. Purposely misstating a company's financial situation or prospects in a bid to bring in new investors is another example of securities fraud. 

Can teens face assault charges for school fights?

Teenagers are not immune to anger issues and getting into fights. In September 2018, a 17-year-old faced attempted murder charges after police caught him engaged in a shootout that resulted in one fatality. 

School fights may seem harmless, but they can lead to serious charges if the incident is severe enough. It is certainly not unheard of for the victim's parents to file assault charges against the perpetrator of the altercation. 

How your smart devices could help your alibi

Dealing with criminal charges is difficult enough, but having to go through a criminal trial is even harder. The process is long and emotionally taxing, and the prosecution can be overbearing and relentless to get you to crack under pressure. There may seem like no hope.

However, with a strong defense, you may be able to obtain a better outcome than you expected. Part of that defense includes having a solid alibi, which is not as easy as it sounds. However, the latest tech fads have provided another means of backing up your whereabouts and timeline of events.

Couple charged for drug crimes, child neglect

North Dakota police recently arrested two individuals they say were involved in a methamphetamine distribution ring. Facing serious charges for alleged drug crimes, the two are also accused of child neglect. The couple's four children are currently no longer in their care, and the home in which they lived was declared a public nuisance. 

Police showed up at the couple's residence in late August to arrest the man and woman for taking part in a local meth ring. However, they also found four children aged 1 to 6 years old who were allegedly caked in grime and dirt. The living conditions in the home were reportedly unsanitary, and the attending sheriff requested that health officials come evaluate the residence. Reports indicate that piles of debris and rotting food posed a serious danger. 

Nurses say drug crimes charges should be dropped

The statute of limitations is a very important concept within North Dakota criminal law. Although the length of time will vary from charge to charge, it protects individuals from being criminally prosecuted years or even decades after an alleged crime took place. Two nurses who were arrested and charged with drug crimes claim that their charges should be dropped because they fall outside the statute of limitations for the supposed crime. 

Authorities claim that the two hospice nurses stole medication from patients, provided less effective drugs to some and diluted certain medications. The alleged offenses supposedly went on from Dec. 2012 to Sept. 8, 2014. They were not charged until Aug. 31, 2017, which they argue falls outside the three-year statute of limitations in the case of felony offenses. 

Two cases show the different elements of identity theft

Identity theft is a common offense, and Americans are constantly being warned about the possibility that it could happen to anyone. Two cases from the summer of 2017 illustrate how thieves can get ahold of and use the identity of another person.

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Drunk driving and the field sobriety test -- when to challenge

It is a familiar image – a North Dakota police officer on the side of the road watching a driver complete a field sobriety test. The results of these tests are often instrumental in the filing of drunk driving charges, but how accurate are they really? Unlike other forms of testing, field sobriety tests are highly subjective and up to individual officer's discretion. 

A field sobriety test is actually comprised of three different physical tests. Drivers believed to be under the influence will be asked to perform a horizontal gaze test, walk a certain distance then turn back, and stand on one leg for a period of time. Officers use these tests to observe the balance, physical control and concentration of drivers. A good idea in theory, but less so in practice. 

Former middle school teacher charged with sex crimes

A North Dakota teacher is accused of engaging in inappropriate behavior with minor students. Charged with multiple sex crimes, she quit her job teaching middle school science. She had apparently also been the subject of misconduct allegations at school before her arrest. 

Police were first made aware of the 37-year-old teacher's behavior sometime in June 2018. An anonymous tipper claimed that the teacher had engaged in sexual behavior with an underage student. When asked about the alleged relationship, the student denied that anything occurred. However, one of his friends told investigators that the teen had discussed the incident with him. Police again asked the teen, who apparently admitted that inappropriate behavior had occurred. 

Have you considered the true cost of a speeding ticket?

You have undoubtedly caught yourself speeding occasionally, even if you are only going five miles over the speed limit. That is a common infraction.

Unfortunately, speeding often leads to fender benders, and more serious collisions as well. However, even if speeding does not result in an accident, you will face significant consequences if a law enforcement officer arrests you for excessively exceeding the speed limit in Minnesota.

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