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Observations and questions are common during DUI stops

Getting pulled over by a police officer is typically a nerve-wracking experience. No matter the time of day or the reason, most people feel their heart speed up when they notice an officer trying to stop their car. For some, the situation may seem more intense if they had a few drinks before getting behind the wheel.

If you did have a few drinks before driving, it does not necessarily mean that you have broken the law. You may have waited enough time between drinks to keep your blood alcohol concentration level low, or you may not even have had enough to drink to change your demeanor in any way. Still, there is a chance that an officer may suspect you of DUI.

The details about national (and South Dakota) prison exonerations

Wrongful convictions are an unfortunate, but common occurrence handed down by the United States justice system. While the mantra has always been “innocent until proven guilty,” for some parties, it felt like and resulted in the opposite – “guilty until proven innocent,” or a more widespread term; exonerated.

False convictions are a nationwide problem that has led to over 22,000 years lost behind bars, and that number only represents those falsely convicted that have been exonerated since 1989.

Are violent crime rates on the rise or on the decline?

Crime rates in the U.S. have experienced a significant shift over the past 30 years. Specifically, violent crime rates have faced varying changes over recent years.

FBI statistics report a 49% national decrease in violent crime rates between 1993-2017. Domestic factors, such as changing a political environment and cultural dynamics, contribute to a variety of fluctuations in crime-related trends.

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