Criminal Law

January 25, 2022

Are there Defenses to Domestic Violence Charges?

Domestic violence charges can carry some serious ramifications for defendants. Not only is there possible jail time, but a conviction could also impact: The ability to get a job The right to own firearms A custody case Some defendants feel the pressure to plead guilty because they want the case […]
January 18, 2022

Do You Have a Zantac Claim?

The Food and Drug Administration has directed consumers to avoid taking Zantac, and companies took Zantac and its generic forms off the shelves. Research revealed that the heartburn medication contains high levels of NDMA, which is leading to various cancer diagnoses in users. If you want to know if you […]
January 11, 2022

Is Your Child in Trouble with the Law?

The lawyers at O’Keeffe O’Brien Lyson Attorneys understand how stressful it can be when your child is arrested and charged with a crime. Our Fargo criminal defense attorneys have experience representing college students and juveniles facing criminal charges, and you want to hire an experienced attorney who can help you […]
January 4, 2022

Do I Have to Plead Guilty to My Charges?

The decision to accept or reject a plea bargain belongs to you, the defendant, alone. You may be thinking about pleading guilty to the criminal charges you are facing, especially if you assume that a conviction is inevitable. However, you should never plead guilty to any charges – even minor […]
December 28, 2021

Can I Handle My Own DUI Case?

This is often a question that defendants will ask, thinking that DUI charges under North Dakota law are a routine matter, and they can save themselves some money. The question you must ask yourself is not whether you can handle your own case (after all, there is no legal requirement […]
December 21, 2021

DUI Arrests During the Holiday Season

The holiday season is a festive time during which many people attend office parties, family reunions, concerts, and other festivities with friends. Some individuals overindulge, make the decision to drive home, and end up being charged with driving under the influence of alcohol under North Dakota law.  Thanksgiving, Christmas, and […]
December 14, 2021

Was It A Simple Mistake or Medical Malpractice?

Physicians in the United States take the Hippocratic Oath and swear to do no harm. However, doctors are not infallible, and many patients suffer bodily injury during medical procedures or treatment performed by licensed doctors. Sometimes, these injuries are due to mistakes that any human could make. However, if a […]
December 7, 2021

The Police Searched My Car – Was It Legal?

If a police officer searches your car at a traffic stop, then it is possible that the search was lawful!  However, it is also possible that the search was unlawful and in violation of your constitutional rights. Law enforcement officers conduct warrantless searches quite frequently during the course of their […]
December 3, 2021

Four Things to Know About Slip and Falls

Slip and falls occur every day in every jurisdiction in the United States. Traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and fractured bones are some of the most common injuries individuals experience after suffering slip and falls. The personal injury lawyers at O’Keeffe O’Brien Lyson Attorneys can help you determine who […]
May 3, 2021

Common Arrests from Traffic Stops

It is always stressful to see flashing blue or red lights in your rearview mirror, even if you believe you’ve done nothing wrong. However, being the driver in a car stopped by police for a traffic violation is the most common reason most Americans come into contact with the police […]
April 30, 2021

Do You Need a Lawyer for a Misdemeanor Charge?

Is it worth investing in legal counsel to help you defend a misdemeanor charge? Find out the answer in our latest blog! Read here ?
April 19, 2021

Is Shoplifting a Serious Offense

Shoplifting happens pretty much anyplace that has retail shops, which is pretty much everywhere you find people living. From the corner convenience store or gas station to the Neiman-Marcus store in the highest of high-end shopping districts, shoplifting happens. Some places list shoplifting as a specific crime in their statutes […]
April 16, 2021

How Lawyers Can Fight to Lower Your Bail

The right to reasonable bail when you are facing criminal charges is enshrined in the United States Constitution and in North Dakota’s state constitution. The requirement for reasonable bail is found in the Eighth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which prohibits “excessive bail,” as does Section 11 of the state […]
April 9, 2021

Is Marijuana Possession a Crime in North Dakota?

Many states are eliminating laws against marijuana possession but has North Dakota joined the wave?
March 26, 2021

Possible Criminal Penalties for Causing a Drunk Driving Crash

A careless night out on the town can cost a lot more than just the bar tab. The consequences of a DUI conviction vary based on the circumstances – including whether a crash occurred or the severity of the crash. Regardless of how destructive the collision was, expect to face […]
February 25, 2021

DUI/DWI Arrests Increase as Restrictions Ease Up

The COVID-19 lockdowns and limits on restaurant and bar openings and crowd size restrictions have had a positive effect on DUI/DWI arrests. Fewer people out, fewer arrests. But as these restrictions are easing up, it’s important to keep in mind the tragic and deadly consequences that can result from drunk […]
February 16, 2021

Common Probation Violations

Following an initial sentence, probation is an interim period that allows offenders to stay out of incarceration under court-ordered conditions and restrictions. It is an opportunity that might be available in cases involving less severe criminal charges, first-time offenders, and other mitigating circumstances. Probation sometimes require a mandated rehab or […]
January 25, 2021

How a Domestic Violence Conviction Can Impact Your Life

Domestic violence is a serious criminal allegation that can impact your life in many ways. Even if you’re only convicted of a misdemeanor offense, it can still carry life-altering ramifications that derail the entire course of your future. These ramifications include where you live, where you can travel, career opportunities, […]
November 6, 2020
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Your Child Has Been Charged with a Felony. What Should You Do?

Your child has been charged with a felony. We know this is a scary, uncertain time. There are many emotions flying around, and it may be unclear what you should do. Even as a juvenile, this event will affect the rest of their life. If your child was recently charged […]
November 4, 2020
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Can You Get Off the Sex Offender Registry?

Sex offender registry began in North Dakota in 1991, and legislators have routinely updated the related statutes since then. Generally speaking, if you are convicted of or plead guilty to certain sex-related crimes, the law will require you to register as a sex offender with the state. You will need […]
October 21, 2020
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Are There Defenses to DUI Charges?

Getting arrested for drunk driving is a stressful experience. Especially if you had been drinking prior to your arrest, it can feel like there is no way you can fight the charges against you. After all, how can you argue with the results of a breathalyzer or a police report […]
September 29, 2020
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Are All Felonies Serious?

Criminal charges in North Dakota are divided into two categories: misdemeanors and felonies. Felony charges are more serious than misdemeanors, but are all felony allegations serious matters? Is it important to have a criminal defense attorney, even if your felony charges seem relatively minor? The answer to both of these […]
September 17, 2020
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Can You Call a Lawyer Before You’ve Been Charged? ??‍♂️?‍♀️

Many people assume that the time to call a criminal defense attorney is after a prosecutor issues criminal charges against you. However, many people can benefit greatly from calling the right attorney before they have been formally charged. The following are some examples of when this might be the case.  […]
September 1, 2020
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How a Minor Drug Charge Can Have a Major Impact on Your Future

A first offense of simple possession of a controlled substance is a misdemeanor charge in North Dakota. If convicted, you will likely face fines and probation. While jail time is possible, first-time offenders are often able to avoid extended time behind bars with the help of an experienced criminal defense […]
August 11, 2020
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Possible Penalties for Fraud Crimes

Fraud crimes are offenses that involve using false information or other deception to wrongfully obtain money or property that belongs to someone else. Under North Dakota law, fraud is charged under the umbrella of theft, though the authorities often take fraud crimes more seriously than shoplifting or other physical acts […]