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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.

Man charged with sex crimes for revenge porn

Anyone in Minnesota or North Dakota who has ended a relationship knows it can be an emotional and confusing time. After a difficult breakup, it may be hard for some people to cope, especially if the one they loved has moved on with life. When irrational thoughts get the best of someone, it may lead that person to act inappropriately or even dangerously. In some cases, those actions may lead to accusations of sex crimes.

Facing such charges can be life-altering. Even without a conviction, having one's name associated with the stigma of a sex crime can create many difficulties in life. One Minnesota man pleaded guilty to such a crime under Minnesota's new revenge porn law. He is now facing four months in jail and years of probation in addition to the limitations his conviction will place on him for the rest of his life.

College football players charged with drug crimes

College is an exciting time for most North Dakota young adults. The college atmosphere is likely even more thrilling for student athletes, particularly football players, during this time of year. Unfortunately, two college football players find themselves in a difficult situation after recently being charged with drug crimes.

According to police reports, the Grand Forks Narcotics Task Force had obtained a search warrant for the rooms of two University of North Dakota football players. During the search of one room, police allegedly found a digital scale, baggies with marijuana residue and a jar with marijuana in it. The search of the other player's room supposedly yielded a large mason jar with marijuana residue, a pill bottle with marijuana and a digital scale with marijuana residue.

Man charged with drug crimes following traffic stop

Police officers in North Dakota frequently employ the use of traffic stops in their ongoing law enforcement efforts. These stops allow them to monitor routine activity or perhaps investigate potentially suspicious behavior. In some cases, police officers discover drug crimes or other illicit conduct. Recently, highway patrol troopers arrested a Marshall man after they allegedly found several illegal substances in his car during a traffic stop.

According to the police report, the driver of the car, a 28-year-old man, was detained at a traffic stop on Interstate 94 near Casselton. Evidently, a K-9 unit was requested to investigate the vehicle. It was reported that over 41 pounds of marijuana was discovered in the car. Hash oil and several edible cannabis products were also supposedly found.

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