The Sioux Falls Police Department has talked about the desire to increase demographic diversity on its force for decades, but the numbers don’t add up.
People convicted of crimes in South Dakota owe their victims millions of dollars in court-ordered restitution, but most of that debt is going unpaid and there is little remedy available for those harmed to get their money. Continue reading “Some crime victims in South Dakota not being paid restitution”
Come January the State Bar of South Dakota will have a new home a few blocks farther west but still in Pierre. The legal association’s executive director, Andy Fergel, recently answered questions from KELOLAND Capitol News Bureau reporter Bob Mercer about the transition. Continue reading “South Dakota State Bar Is Moving”
Mecklenburg County Sheriff Garry McFadden continues to defend his policy of not honoring detainers from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Continue reading “The Difference Between ICE Detainers and Federal Criminal Warrants”
South Dakota’s prosecutors and law enforcement are asking legislators to not “kick the can down the road” when it comes to fixing the state’s drug laws. Continue reading “Lawmakers calling for a fix to SD’s drug laws”
Whenever you are drinking alcohol, whether sipping wine at a dinner party in Sioux Falls, or drinking beers and sight-seeing at Mt. Rushmore, having a designated driver is the best way to avoid a run-in with South Dakota law enforcement. In South Dakota, it is a crime to drive a motor vehicle if you are under the influence of alcohol (DUI) or have a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 percent or more. It is also a crime to drive while taking illegal or prescription drugs if it is impacting your ability to safely operate your car or motorcycle. Continue reading “Implied Consent: It is the Law?”
A new study has ranked all U.S. states based on their DUI laws and penalties in order to reveal those that are the strictest and those that are most lenient when it comes to driving under the influence.
Good Samaritan Overdose Law – Iowans shouldn’t have to choose between saving a life or avoiding legal trouble if they see someone in distress. Continue reading “Saving Lives: Iowa’s Good Samaritan overdose law”
Iowa officers are clearing the air on open carry gun laws after Walmart asked customers to no longer openly carry firearms in its stores. Continue reading “Iowa police clear the air on open carry law”
Two committees of lawmakers return to the state Capitol on Monday with potentially twin purposes of asking the Legislature in 2020 to make major adjustments to South Dakota’s drug-crimes laws. Continue reading “SD lawmakers are focused on drug crimes and legalizing industrial hemp”