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Amendment A is ratified, now what?

On November 3, 2020, South Dakota voters approved to legalize cannabis for both recreational (Amendment A) and medical (IM26) purposes.  Long-believed to be one of the last states to legalize marijuana, the Mount Rushmore State's citizens voted to legalize...

Penalties for South Dakota drug offenses

As a resident of South Dakota, you may know that the state has among the nation's strictest drug possession laws. Although lawmakers have proposed reforms, these changes remain in progress. Learn more about the potential legal penalties if you or a family member faces...

Marijuana-related crimes and penalties

South Dakota has strict laws against marijuana. State law reads, “No person may knowingly possess marijuana,” and legislators mean it. South Dakota does not even honor medical marijuana prescriptions from other states. If you are being questioned about any...

What are my rights at a traffic stop?

Every day, law enforcement officers pull over drivers in traffic stops in the Black Hills. Perhaps, police stop you because you ran a red light or have a broken taillight. Or maybe an officer sees you driving erratically and suspects you are driving drunk. When police...

How to fight a DUI in South Dakota

A couple of drinks can get you into trouble if you get behind the wheel. Even if your blood alcohol was below the legal limit of 0.08%, a court can convict you if it finds you were driving under the influence. A DUI conviction comes with severe penalties that have a...

Tips to avoid a holiday DUI

As you prepare for Thanksgiving and beyond, you likely have several parties on your schedule for the holiday season. When enjoying friends and family, it can be easy to have a drink too many and end up with a charge of driving while intoxicated. Keep these tips in...