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DUIs down and felony charges up at last year's motorcycle rally

Every year, hundreds of thousands of people hop on their bikes and make the trip to Sturgis, South Dakota. The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally draws roughly half a million bikers each year with the promise of scenic tours, races, concerts and camaraderie. It's an internationally famous party of epic proportions, and every year some people take their partying just a bit too far.

Issues with the credibility of child witnesses

Eyewitnesses are no longer the beacons of truth people once thought they were. For example, when stressful and unexpected situations unfold quickly, it is unrealistic to expect people to remember details well. Yet that was exactly what happened for many years. On the other hand, quite a few people have always approached the accounts of child witnesses with some skepticism, and today, the credibility problems of young witnesses are even more well-known.

Understanding auto-brewery syndrome

When it comes to getting a DUI, there are countless complexities that a field sobriety test or a breathalyzer simply cannot take into account. Ideally these methods would be reliable, but anybody who has wrongfully been charged with drunk driving knows that is not always the case. One potential culprit of false charges, for example, is auto-brewery syndrome. Read on to better understand what this condition is and how it can affect DUI allegations.

Rapid City and other jurisdictions have extra DUI patrols on the road

As the summer winds down, law enforcement agencies throughout South Dakota have been ramping up their efforts to find people driving under the influence. In Rapid City, DUI arrests are on a pace to exceed the large numbers recorded last year, according to KOTA Territory News. Holidays often bring out extra DUI patrols.

A simple mistake can derail a promising college future

It is no secret that the number of people in jail or prison across the country has skyrocketed since 1970. Many people sentenced to serve time behind bars have been convicted of drug crimes, including misdemeanor offenses. The U.S. population serving time has risen from roughly 300, 000 in 1970 to 2.2 million people, according to The New York Times. Many people sentenced to serve time behind bars have been convicted of drug crimes, including misdemeanor possession offenses. For years, pundits and politicians across the nation have voiced their concerns about the harsh, and often disproportionate, consequences of America's drug laws.

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