DUI guidelines in the state of North Dakota and across the country vary from other criminal law policies in several ways. Implied consent is recognized in most states, and mandates that anyone suspected by a law enforcement officer of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is legally obligated to submit to blood alcohol testing. Proponents of implied consent guidelines claim that the policy only applies in cases where an officer already has reason to believe that a driver is intoxicated. Opponents argue, however, that subjecting to a person to chemical testing against his or her will is against the law.
For many North Dakota residents who have an addiction to drugs or alcohol, a conviction on drug possession or DUI charges are not enough to help the person deal with the underlying cause. If a person is shown to have a history of addiction, they may be eligible to participate in drug court.
The North Dakota Highway Patrol and the Mountrail County Sheriff's Department were reportedly both involved in a high-speed chase after a man allegedly stole a vehicle from a casino. The incident occurred on March 12.
Grand Forks golf enthusiasts may be interested in an incident that led to a drunk driving charge for one man who took his vehicle for an afternoon spin on a country club course in Fargo on Sept. 7. According to media sources, the 30-year-old man has now been charged with DUI three times within the past seven years. Sources say that no injuries were reported during the most recent incident.