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.
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.
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.
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.
North Dakota laws on driving under the influence are strict, and drivers charged with this crime are facing harsh penalties that can affect the rest of their lives. Despite strong laws, the state has been ranked at the top of several lists pertaining to drunk driving, including the number of drunk driving deaths. However, the last few years has seen a decrease in the number of deaths and injuries related to intoxicated driving.
A North Dakota driver was arrested after what police described as a high-speed chase. After trying to later flee from police on foot, he was apprehended and arrested. The defendant is currently charged with drunk driving, reckless endangerment and more.
It is a familiar image – a North Dakota police officer on the side of the road watching a driver complete a field sobriety test. The results of these tests are often instrumental in the filing of drunk driving charges, but how accurate are they really? Unlike other forms of testing, field sobriety tests are highly subjective and up to individual officer's discretion.
A recent single-vehicle accident led to criminal charges for a North Dakota man. The accident involved a motorcycle, and the driver was apparently the only person injured in the wreck, although one official did note that a road sign pole was damaged. Police charged the man -- who is currently in the hospital -- with drunk driving, and he will likely be placed in their custody upon discharge.
When North Dakota police officers suspect that a diver is intoxicated and initiate a traffic stop, they usually request a series of tests. In addition to the well-known Breathalyzer, drivers may be asked to perform a series of field sobriety tests or to have their blood or urine tested for the presence of alcohol. In the past, refusing these tests could result in a drunk driving related charge, but a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling changed everything.
There are many lists published frequently that rank each state in the country on a variety of different subject matters. Some lists may proclaim which states have the lowest cost of living or the best states in which to retire, while others tout the states with the best high schools or highest paid teachers. Unfortunately, there are lists where being at number one does not bode well for an area. For example, ranking high on a list of states with the most pollution would likely not bring many new residents wishing to move there. North Dakota recently landed near the top of the list of states that had the most fatalities related to drunk driving.