Police in North Dakota recently arrested a man they say traveled to the state to sell heroin. This is not his first brush with the law, as he was convicted of sex trafficking crimes in the past. His current drug crimes charge is for conspiracy to deliver heroin, and the consequences could be severe.
When facing serious criminal charges, the nature of a person's arrest might feel inconsequential. However, for those who are hoping to have their charges thrown out, what transpired before and during the arrest is actually extremely important. In North Dakota, drug crimes charges from five different instances were all recently thrown out of court.
North Dakota police recently arrested two individuals they say were involved in a methamphetamine distribution ring. Facing serious charges for alleged drug crimes, the two are also accused of child neglect. The couple's four children are currently no longer in their care, and the home in which they lived was declared a public nuisance.
The statute of limitations is a very important concept within North Dakota criminal law. Although the length of time will vary from charge to charge, it protects individuals from being criminally prosecuted years or even decades after an alleged crime took place. Two nurses who were arrested and charged with drug crimes claim that their charges should be dropped because they fall outside the statute of limitations for the supposed crime.
It is not uncommon for routine traffic stops to lead to serious criminal charges. Consider the following situation -- a North Dakota officer initiates a stop, notes that the driver is behaving strangely and decides to search the car. This happened to a motorist who was subsequently charged with drug crimes. However, a judge recently decided that the evidence collected during that search is not valid.
No one likely relishes the thought of having a criminal record. While most people accomplish this by simply not committing crimes, others may choose other options to avoid having something added to their records. One North Dakota man faces charges of drug crimes after a temporary case of mistaken identity.
Law enforcement officials often work together for many months to uncover supposed drug activity in their jurisdictions. Multiple agencies may be involved as officers investigate leads and interview witnesses. A North Dakota man is facing charges for drug crimes after police claim he conspired with others to sell drugs.
North Dakota police officers make numerous stops for traffic violations every day. Drivers may be routinely pulled over for speeding, running red lights or having non-working headlights. However, on occasion, police may discover something different during a stop than they anticipated. Two Oshkosh men were recently charged with drug crimes after officials allegedly discovered marijuana in their vehicle.
Many North Dakota drivers use their high beams while driving at night. Despite the knowledge that the beams should be dimmed when approaching another vehicle, drivers sometimes forget to do this. A driver was recently stopped after failing to dim his high beams, yet found himself facing charges for multiple drug crimes after the traffic stop.
Roadways in North Dakota are regularly filled with vehicles traveling for business or personal reasons. Law enforcement officials routinely patrol the roads to promote safety and curtail violations, such as speeding or impaired driving. However, in addition to the usual traffic violations, police officers have recently discovered that drug crimes are becoming more prevalent on state highways.