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A DUI conviction and the risk to your security clearance

Everyone makes a mistake now and then, but some are more serious than others. Among the latter is a conviction for driving under the influence of alcohol.

A DUI mark on your record could have a devastating effect on your future if you need to maintain a security clearance for the kind of work you do.

Semi driver faces weapons charge, more after throwing beer cans

It is not clear if the driver of a semi-truck was on duty during an incident that apparently involved cans of beer, a firearm and North Dakota police. The driver was arrested and charged with a misdemeanor for firing a firearm within the city limits. He is also facing two felonies in addition to the weapons charge.

Shortly before 8 p.m. in early Aug. 2019, a motorist alerted police to what he or she believed was a semi-truck driver under the influence of alcohol. The tractor trailer was not moving at this time, and the witness exited his or her vehicle to confirm the license plate number for police. At that point, the semi driver allegedly threw cans of beer at the witness and then pointed a firearm out of the window, discharging it.

Man charged with drug crimes, other offenses

An out-of-state man is facing serious criminal charges in North Dakota. In addition to charges for alleged drug crimes, he is also accused of luring minors by computer. His bond was set at $100,000 and he is apparently still in police custody.

According to authorities, the 38-year-old man used a computer to communicate with a person he believed to be 14 years old. The communication was what police described as sexual in nature, both explicitly or implicitly applied. He allegedly also brought up engaging in sexual acts or sexual performances to the minor.

Car chase, drug crimes warrants lead to 2 arrests

A serious car accident led to the recent arrest of two North Dakota women. Reportedly, at least one of the women was arrested because of active warrants for drug possession and felony escape. The other woman was also arrested on a warrant for a drug crimes charge.

A 28-year-old woman allegedly led police on a high-speed chase, which a witness estimated occurred at speeds upward of 70 mph. Authorities did not disclose what started the chase. While driving in or near a residential area, the driver struck a tree with her vehicle and then hit a nearby residential fence. The vehicle then rolled and came to rest on the roof.

Body weight, gender, BAC and whether to get behind the wheel

Do you know how much alcohol you can drink before it begins to affect you?

Many people feel comfortable driving after having one alcoholic drink. Some feel comfortable driving after having way too many drinks. Did you know that gender and body weight affect your blood alcohol content?

Drug crimes charges filed after motorcycle chase

North Dakota police officers recently arrested a man on multiple charges, including both felonies and misdemeanors. Facing charges ranging from drug crimes to weapon offenses, he was taken into police custody following two accidents he was allegedly involved in. Police say he was the only one injured in the two accidents.

In June 2019, officers were notified of a possible robbery in progress.They responded at approximately 6:40 p.m., at which time the 36-year-old male suspect supposedly fled the scene on a motorcycle. The man apparently hit a police vehicle as he drove away, which caused only minor damage to the car. Police pursued the man for an unspecified period of time until he collided with another vehicle. He attempted to flee on foot, but police say they quickly stopped him.

2 men charged in separate white collar crimes incidents

Car accidents can cause a significant amount of physical, financial and emotional damage to victims. Insurance companies play an important role in addressing these types of damages. It is not uncommon for car accident victims to pursue compensation or reimbursement from either their insurance companies or those of other drivers involved in the wreck. However, North Dakota police claim that two men engaged in white collar crimes when they collected compensation after multiple car accidents.

A 38-year-old man allegedly caused accidents on purpose between Aug. 2016 and Aug. 2018. During that period of time he supposedly not only caused these accidents, but did so in a manner that made it appear as if the other drivers were always at fault. Afterwards he would supposedly submit claims, for which he received $22,985 in compensation. In addition to causing accidents on purpose, he is also accused of failing to disclose existing damage to his vehicle. These allegations stem from an investigation conducted by the North Dakota Insurance Department.

What to know about Minnesota shoplifting charges

It is possible that you may face allegations of shoplifting, whether legitimate or not. If this ever happens to you, it is important to know as much as possible about Minnesota shoplifting laws. A shoplifting conviction can penalize you with expensive fines and even time behind bars. 

However, it can be difficult to read the entire text of complex law. Here is a basic overview of Minnesota law regarding shoplifting and the corresponding punishments. 

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