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DUI arrests during the Sturgis Motorcyle Rally

DUI arrests during the Sturgis Motorcyle Rally
Daniel L. Pahlke

Every year hundreds of thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts decend on the Black Hills for the Sturgis motorcycle rally. Last year alone the city of Sturgis reported that more than 550,000 people visited, even with covid travel restrictions in Europe and Asia. With such great numbers comes an increase in law enforcement and patrols throughout the state.

With increased legal precense comes an increase in the number of DUI/DWI arrests throughout the state. The South Dakota Highway Patrol reported more than a hundred DUI arrests in Sturgis in 2021. Numbers for Rapid City were even higher during this time as people traveled across the state visiting the Badlands, Wall, Deadwood, and Custer. These arrests creates issues with potential jail time, fines, loss of driving privileges(both in South Dakota and your home state) and even job consequences.

If you are arrested for DUI/ DWI in western South Dakota our office can help you. We have more than 30 years experience as both a former prosecutor and defence attorney dealing with these cases. We can help you through the unfortunate experience of a DUI arrest.

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