2020 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
Nelson Law sits just two blocks from the famous Sturgis Main Street, and the attorneys at Nelson Law have been defending attendees of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally for years. But, unlike some attorneys, we don't just show up for the Rally—we live, work, and appear in court here year-round.
It's great to bring home a souvenir from the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally—just don't let it be a criminal conviction. If you are charged with a criminal offense in Sturgis this year, you want an experienced, local criminal defense attorney and advocate standing by your side.
Most nights during the Rally, at least one of our attorneys is hanging out on the Nelson Law porch visiting with people heading downtown. Stop by to say hello and grab a free koozie.
Have a fun and safe Sturgis experience. We hope all of your interactions with law enforcement are good ones. But, if not, call us. Our phones are monitored during the Rally so we can provide you with the quick service and peace of mind to get back to enjoying your time at the Rally.
What to expect if you or a companion are arrested during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally:
Class 2 Misdemeanor
If you receive a citation/summons for a Class 2 Misdemeanor during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, chances are, you will not be arrested and will not be spending the night in jail. You will be advised of the fine and given a court date where you can appear if you wish to contest the ticket.
Class 1 Misdemeanor
If you are arrested for a Class 1 Misdemeanor during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally (e.g., DUI/DWI/Drunk driving, possession of marijuana, simple assault), you will be spending the night in jail. You will be given a mandatory court appearance in the morning, where you will have the opportunity to post bond. For a misdemeanor charge, an attorney can appear in court on your behalf. That means, you can either get back to the party or get home without having to attend court.
If you are arrested for a felony during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, you will be spending the night in jail. You will be given a mandatory court appearance in the morning, where you will have the opportunity to argue that you should be released on bond.
What to expect when you hire Nelson Law:
It is essential to hire an attorney if you get busted during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Do you know how to make a bond argument so that you can get released from jail? We do. Do you know what kinds of plea agreements Black Hills prosecutors will usually accept? We do. Do you know what kinds of collateral consequences to expect in your home state if you plead guilty to a DUI or drug charge in South Dakota? We do.
When you hire Nelson Law to represent you, our first step is to review the circumstances of your arrest. Was the stop legal? Was the search legal? Were your Constitutional rights respected? Did the police play by the rules? If the answer to any of those questions is "no," we may be able to get the charges against you dismissed completely.
If the answer to all of those questions is "yes," we can still help you negotiate a favorable plea agreement and help you evaluate what the consequences of a guilty plea will be in your home state. We can also help you evaluate your possibility to receive a suspended imposition of sentence, which could essentially seal the record of your South Dakota conviction. Do not plead guilty without talking to a lawyer.
* The prices listed are starting points. Each case is unique. Barring any unexpected issues, the fee quoted will be the fee charged. However, fees may be adjusted upwards depending upon the complexity or uniqueness of your case. You are entitled to an estimate of your fee without any obligation.