The DOT Work Permit

If your license is suspended, all is not lost.  Most people are eligible for a work permit (aka restricted license) after 14 days of hard suspension if you’re on 24/7.  If you’re not on 24/7 you’re usually eligible for a work permit on a 1st DUI/Refusal offense within 7 years after 30 days of hard […]

Attorney Methodology

Every case begins with a thorough client interview and consultation during which case goals, expectations, and rapport is established.  The next step is the investigation stage as the best defense is a great offense.  Every possible document, video, note, report, and recording is reviewed to look for possible defenses and prosecutorial weaknesses.  Furthermore, the firm […]

What to Expect When You’re Suspected of DUI

Most DUI arrests are the product of a police traffic stop.  Police need “reasonable suspicion” of a violation to stop or detain you; even the smallest violation will allow the police to stop you.  For example, around “bar close” many officers in Bismarck, Mandan, and Fargo will stop vehicles in downtown areas for having an inoperable license […]

“A New Age Of Searching Student Cell Phones?”

North Dakota: The current state of cell phone searches in the school setting post-Riley   SCHOOL OFFICIALS School searches by administrators must meet a two-part test. First, the search must be justified by reasonable suspicion at its inception. Second, the search must reasonably relate in scope to the circumstances that justified the search in the […]

Measure 6: Best Interests of the Child vs. Rights of the Parent?

Measure 6 is a current initiative, which if approved, would create a legal presumption that each parent in a child custody case is fit to parent and that a requesting parent should receive equal residential responsibility.  That artificial presumption of fitness as a parent could only be rebutted upon a showing by clear and convincing […]

What’s a Giglio file? Police Officer Credibility & Your Rights.

Prosecutors, Police, and Defense Attorneys often talk about a “Giglio File” or a particular officer having “Giglio Issues.”  The term “Giglio,” pronounced gig-leo, comes from the landmark U.S. Supreme Court cases Giglio v. United States, 405 U.S. 150 (1972) and Brady v. Maryland, 373 U.S. 83 (1963). Essentially, prosecutors  and the police must disclose evidence […]

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