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Man charged for drunk driving with children in the car

A recent two-vehicle accident sent six people to the hospital and resulted in the arrest of one of the drivers. North Dakota officers filed multiple drunk driving charges against one individual, although he is still in the hospital and not yet in police custody. As the investigation continues it is possible that additional charges might still be filed.

According to police, on a recent Saturday night a 31-year-old man got behind the wheel of his vehicle while he was under the influence of alcohol. He had three passengers in his vehicle at the time, including two young boys aged 5 and 7 years old. He was reportedly driving at high rates of speed and behaving erratically when he hit another vehicle on the roadway.

Bill opposing drunk driving checkpoints defeated by the House

DUI checkpoints are a popular tool used by police in North Dakota to catch drivers suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol. However, not everyone likes these checkpoints, and legislation to potentially get rid of them recently made it the state's House of Representatives for consideration. The bill was defeated, meaning that police officers can still use these checkpoints to try and catch those allegedly drunk driving.

House Bill 1442 sought to completely outlaw these DUI checkpoints. The bill clearly stated that rather than forcing all passing drivers to stop, police would have to have a "reasonable suspicion" to initiate a traffic stop. The main sponsor of the bill apparently feels that not only do DUI checkpoints force otherwise innocent drivers to be subjected to unwarranted stops, but that they are also largely ineffective.

What kind of legal issues are there for cyber harassment

Many people might think online harassment is harmless because it happens over a computer, not in the physical world. However, the first case of cyber harassment that was ever brought to court shows what can happen when police and federal agencies team up to uncover this kind of activity.

It is a mistake to think boating under the influence is OK

With spring officially here, boat owners know that sunshine and milder temperatures lead to pleasant excursions on the water.

If you are among those who look forward to taking friends and family boating, keep the risks of BUI firmly in mind. Boating under the influence of alcohol can be dangerous—and costly.

North Dakota police officer charged with drunk driving

A North Dakota police officer was recently placed on desk duty for a recent incident that led to his arrest. According to authorities, he was charged with drunk driving, although he was apparently never booked into jail for the charge. He also apparently suffered some type of medical issue prior to his arrest.

Police were responding to a report of an individual who was allegedly driving recklessly when they discovered a car in a snowbank. It is unclear how the vehicle ended up in the snowbank. However, the responding officers determined that the driver was a fellow police officer. Protocol dictates that an outside agency has to investigate issues that involve department staff, so the officers called in the North Dakota Highway Patrol.

Charged with tax evasion? You need help

Despite coming every year, tax season is still a stressful time for most people in North Dakota. This time of year can be doubly stressful for those who are accused of committing tax evasion. Some individuals might not even be certain of why they were charged, while others may feel more focused on planning their criminal defense.

Tax evasion charges are typically not filed against those who simply made errors when filing their taxes. After all, taxes are extremely complicated and the Internal Revenue Service is not exactly known for being helpful. This is perhaps why an entire profession exists around the process of filing. Instead, officials usually only file charges when they allege that an individual purposely attempted to underpay his or her taxes.

North Dakota looks at ending DUI checkpoints

It may become much harder for police officers in North Dakota to arrest people for drunk driving. Lawmakers in the state recently proposed a bill that outlaws DUI checkpoints. House Bill 1442 states that law enforcement needs to have reasonable suspicion a person is under the influence of alcohol to pull him or her over.

Some lawmakers argue DUI checkpoints are an ineffective tool for preventing impaired driving. Drivers in North Dakota may not have to deal with these stops for much longer. 

High school math teacher charged with sex crimes

North Dakota parents and authorities usually expect teachers to uphold a certain level of conduct and professionalism with their students. Any suspected violation of these standards can lead to serious criminal consequences for those involved. A high school math teacher recently resigned her position after she was arrested for allegedly engaging in sex crimes with a student.

The 24-year-old former teacher was arrested on Jan. 22, 2019, after which she submitted her resignation. The arrest came only days after authorities were alerted to a potential inappropriate relationship between the math teacher and a 17-year-old male student. The student had allegedly been overheard telling someone that his math teacher could face serious consequences because she had sent him inappropriate pictures.

North Dakota pair charged with drug crimes

Police in North Dakota recently arrested two individuals who were allegedly in possession of a significant amount of drugs and drug paraphernalia. Both are facing multiple charges -- including felonies -- for these supposed drug crimes. These types of charges can lead to extensive prison sentences, so a careful focus on details and the criminal defense process can be helpful for defendants in similar situations.

Authorities had a search warrant for the home where the 31-year-old woman and 40-year-old man were arrested. After executing the search warrant, members of a Narcotics Task Force claim that they discovered over 3 pounds of methamphetamine and a much smaller amount of marijuana. Drug paraphernalia, three handguns and another firearm were also seized from the home.

Binge drinking is a favorite pastime for college kids

According to data gathered by Mothers Against Drunk Driving, approximately one in seven teens is a binge drinker, but only one in 100 parents knows.

It is not uncommon for students attending college near Grand Forks to succumb to temptations such as binge drinking with their peers, which can translate to underage drinking and driving.

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