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You have to speak up to let police know you want to stay silent

You have the right to remain silent. It's the first part of the Miranda Warning and heard in nearly every television show or movie in which someone is under arrest. Some would say it's the most important right you have if police accuse you of a crime, and they may be right.

However, not many people really understand what it means to invoke this right. If you believe that, by simply not talking, you have let police know that you intend to remain silent, this may be a mistake. The law requires you to speak up in order to take advantage of this right.

Driver arrested for car wreck already charged with drug crimes

Police are crediting a motorcyclist's camera for the recent arrest of a North Dakota driver. The driver was allegedly involved in a fatal motorcycle accident, but may have left the scene before police arrived. He is now facing a charge for negligent homicide. This is in addition to at least two previous charges for drug crimes and driving on a suspended license.

The accident occurred on Sept. 8, 2019. According to authorities, a 55-year-old man was riding a motorcycle on the highway at the same time as the 27-year-old driver. The younger man was behind the wheel of a passenger car.

Driver charged for fatal drunk driving accident

The driver accused of causing a fatal accident in the summer of 2019 was only recently charged criminally. Prosecutors accused the man of criminal vehicular homicide related to the alleged drunk driving accident, which is a felony. His blood-alcohol level was purportedly above the legal limit at the time of the wreck.

On June 22, 2019, the 34-year-old man was driving with one passenger on a public street in North Dakota. The vehicle drifted out of the correct lane, crossed the lane for oncoming traffic and then hit multiple vehicles that were parked alongside that stretch of road. No one was in any of the parked vehicles at the time of the wreck. Only the driver and his passenger were injured in the wreck.

Man facing criminal charges for shooting unoccupied vehicle

An incident at a party resulted in a man's arrest. Police in North Dakota arrested one of the men believed to have been involved in that incident, after which he allegedly discharged a weapon. Although it does not appear as if he is charged with any weapon offenses, he is facing criminal charges for reckless endangerment and criminal mischief.

At approximately 4:30 a.m. on a Sunday morning, several people notified police that they had heard multiple gunshots somewhere in the area. Police reported to that area but apparently did not find anything indicating that a person had discharged a weapon. However, police received another report at around 10 a.m. the same day.

Traffic stops lead to drug charges for 4 men

Four men are in police custody following two separate traffic stops on Interstate 80. At both stops, North Dakota police say they discovered drugs after searching the respective vehicles. All of the defendants are facing drug charges.

The first traffic stop occurred at around 7:45 a.m. on Sept. 11, when a police officer spotted an eastbound vehicle traveling at 98 mph. When the officer approached the vehicle during the stop, he allegedly smelled marijuana inside of the vehicle. Multiple officers conducted a search of the vehicle and allegedly found 3 pounds of marijuana, nearly 60 grams of THC edibles, almost 40 THC vape cartridges and 2000 mg of syrup containing THC. Police arrested the three men inside of the vehicle, who ranged in age from 19 to 22 years old. 

Examining breathalyzer accuracy in your DUI case

If law enforcement stopped you on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and you took the breathalyzer test, what were the results?

Breathalyzers are machines, and machines do not always work as they should. An incident in Philadelphia points to the kind of issue that can affect the outcome of a DUI conviction.

Driver faces felony charges for multi-state vehicle chase

Police in North Dakota recently arrested a man who led authorities on a vehicle chase across state lines. The driver is charged with fleeing in a motor vehicle, fleeing on foot and reckless driving among other felony charges. He apparently also has several active warrants for his arrest, although it is not clear if those warrants are for North Dakota or a different state.

The 21-year-old driver initially fled police in a neighboring state where the motor vehicle chase first started. He eventually crossed over the state line and into North Dakota. At approximately 12:21 p.m., police officers in Grand Forks were made aware of a nearby vehicle pursuit. The officers joined the attempt to stop the driver, but were unsuccessful.

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