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Spearfish Office
121 W. Hudson Street
P.O. Box 729
Spearfish, SD 57783

Phone: 605-642-2147
Fax: 605-642-4079
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Rapid City Office
2020 W. Main St
Suite 103
Rapid City, SD 57702

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Sturgis Office
2275 Lazelle Street
Sturgis, SD 57785

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How drug courts help combat meth addiction

If you count yourself among the many people across South Dakota currently grappling with an addiction to methamphetamine, you may have a firm understanding of just how tough this addiction can be to beat. Unfortunately, many prisons across the state and nation are filled with offenders who may, if not for their drug addictions, not need to be there, so there is a clear and present need for treating the addicts, as opposed to simply punishing them.

3 steps to help your criminal defense case

Facing criminal charges in South Dakota may seem like an uphill battle, but that does not mean you are helpless in your situation. Just as there are things you can do that would make your case worse, there are also things you can do that would help your case.

Factors that can impact Breathalyzer accuracy

If you find yourself traveling through Sturgis or another part of South Dakota and a law enforcement officer pulls you over and believes you are driving while intoxicated, he or she will likely ask you to take a breath test with a device known as a Breathalyzer. Breathalyzers assess the amount of alcohol you have in your body to give authorities a sense of how impaired you might be behind the wheel. While, if used and calibrated properly, these devices are often accurate, there are several factors that can cause them to produce false results.

2 defense options for a marijuana possession charge

With jurisdictions around the country taking steps to legalize the use of medicinal and recreational marijuana, you may feel there is nothing wrong if you use a little of the substance here and there. Though you may be a supporter of legalization, it is still a crime to use and possess marijuana in South Dakota. If an officer pulls you over and arrests you for being in possession of marijuana, you could end up with a drug charge. 

Prison is rarely a solution for substance abuse issues

Your doctor prescribed pain pills for your chronic health issue, but the medication has a high risk of dependence. Once you have been taking the habit-forming pills for a while, your doctor decides you should take something else. At this point, you lose your source, but your dependence on the drug continues.

Can I get a DUI from using marijuana?

South Dakota is one of the strictest states on marijuana use. There is zero tolerance for THC impairment and motor vehicle use. It is also a partial home to one of the busiest highways in the country. Many people who use marijuana recreationally and medicinally pass through the area on Interstate 90, not realizing that possession of the substance is illegal. Many tourists and locals also do not realize that driving while under the influence of pot is not legal. 

What progress in marijuana laws means for South Dakotans

There are many advocates in South Dakota and surrounding areas who would love to see marijuana legalized. In recent years, they have made significant progress in convincing state and federal authorities to rethink legislature which bans marijuana and its derivative compounds. Considerations have taken place as recently as a few months ago, in fact, that might be indicative of progress.

Can a drug dog sniff your car at a traffic stop?

South Dakota enjoys a thriving tourist business, but many visitors bring their medical marijuana prescriptions from another state, not realizing that South Dakota law does not recognize the prescription as legal. If the police stop you in a routine traffic stop, can they use a drug dog to search your vehicle?

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