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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. 

Authorities arrest man accused of drug crimes

An out-of-state man was recently arrested for allegedly smuggling drugs into the state. Police charged the man with a number of drug crimes charges, including possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance. He is currently still in police custody, although a judge set a $10,000 bond.

The ordeal began at 3 a.m. when a North Dakota police officer noticed a vehicle that had been sitting with the lights on for a number of hours. Upon approaching the vehicle, the 28-year-old driver supposedly behaved in a manner that caused the officer to become suspicious. The officer claims that during that conversation he spotted drug paraphernalia through the car's window. This prompted a search of the vehicle.

Juvenile drug crimes are a serious problem in North Dakota

Dealing with the fallout of a drug arrest can be quite overwhelming for the average adult in North Dakota. However, a recent study highlights that drug crimes are not a problem isolated to adults. North Dakota has the third highest rate of arrests for juvenile drug offenses. While some people might be quick to brush these arrests off as matters of youthful indiscretion, what happens to these young boys and girls can have long-term consequences.

In 2017, there were approximately 27 drug violations for every 10,000 children in the state. This figure comes from research conducted by the Greenhouse Treatment Center, which is located in another state. The research also found that while the ratio of juvenile drug arrests was the third highest in the United States, the actual number of arrests was actually relatively low. There were 476 juvenile drug arrests in 2017.

4 reasons breathalyzer tests give bad readings

Grand Forks has a hip restaurant and bar scene. While an evening with good friends and great wine is a wonderful way to wrap up the workweek, driving after drinking too much is an effective way to complicate your life. If you fail a breathalyzer test, prosecutors are likely to use the test’s results against you

Like all mechanical devices, breathalyzer tests are not perfect. In fact, some serious research studies have found test readings to be wildly unpredictable. Still, officers use units to determine if motorists have blood alcohol concentrations above the 0.08% legal limit. Here are four reasons breathalyzer tests may give bad readings: 

Public intoxication is not illegal in Minnesota

Several states have laws that prohibit public drunkenness. These offenses are often known as public intoxication, drunk in public or drunk and disorderly. However, it may surprise individuals to learn that Minnesota has no law against public intoxication. While some people may frown on the behavior, it is not a criminal act.

Not only is there no law that criminalizes public intoxication, but there is actually a statute that explicitly states that no person can face charges or a conviction for drunkenness. This is a much further step than most state legislatures take. But it is important to note that drunkenness often plays a role in other crimes. 

Can I be charged for drunk driving if I'm not actually driving?

Most people in North Dakota understand that driving while under the influence of alcohol can lead to criminal charges. However, DUIs are not the only form of drunk driving charges. This is not necessarily common knowledge, and it can leave some defendants feeling confused about their charges, potential criminal consequences and their options for the future.

Many DUI charges begin when a police officer spots a driver he or she suspects might be driving under the influence. If the officer arrests the driver, it is usually on a DUI charge. DUI charges are used when the person arrested was stopped by a law enforcement officer.

The number-one white-collar crime question

White-collar crime covers many different types of activity. As a result, investigators often spend a long time selecting and collecting their evidence. They need to make sure that their facts fit the exact legal definition of one of the federal or state crimes in order to have the best chance of convicting you.

Facing charges, you would probably find yourself wondering what exactly you were being accused of. Knowing exactly what you are dealing with from the very beginning is one of the best ways to craft an effective defense. Please read on for a brief description of internet fraud, identity theft and embezzlement: three of the most common types of white-collar crime.

Woman charged with white collar crimes for Make-a-Wish campaign

Police in North Dakota arrested a woman they say was involved in a Make-a-Wish scam. Facing white collar crimes charges for forgery, false information and misleading or fraudulent communications, she posted bond and is no longer in police custody. The Make-a-Wish Foundation claims that it did not have any record of the woman's campaign.

The 33-year-old woman allegedly forged a false Make-a-Wish Foundation in order to secure funding for a new playground in her area. She is reportedly a member of her city's park board, although she will possibly be removed from her position in light of the recent criminal charges. The campaign was supposedly to fulfill the wish of a child who was suffering from a significant medical condition. The existence of the child in question has yet to be confirmed.

David D. Dusek, Premier DUI Attorney, Advanced Level Training on Using Information from Medical Staff to Win DUI Cases

David D. Dusek recently received advanced level training, from the American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys, on how to use information from medical staff to win DUI cases. David received training on how law enforcement and emergency medical personnel have different priorities when they encounter a suspected impaired driver. These differences lead to contradictions between what law enforcement and medical staff document and may give the defense more ammunition to show that law enforcement was inaccurate, incomplete, or even dishonest.  Read More

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