We are now seeing very serious federal charges being filed against Water Protectors in addition to ongoing mass arrests and pending misdemeanor and felony charges in state and tribal courts. Of the 800+ people facing criminal charges, at least 300 do not have counsel. Of the 500 who do have attorneys, some are dissatisfied and Read More
The WPLC has learned that law enforcement agencies in other states have attempted to contact and interview Water Protectors and allies after they have left Standing Rock. Nobody can be required to answer questions from law enforcement and we strongly recommend that you do not. Water Protectors with open cases should not speak about their Read More
Unfortunately, due to limited resources and the limited number of North Dakota Licensed Attorneys available to represent people, the Water Protector legal Collective is unable to offer representation for traffic ticket violations. The resources below offer information on how to challenge a traffic ticket. Traffic Offense Procedure, Fees, and Points “The first option for the Read More
The court has entered a “Notice of Cancellation” in all cases set for trial during the first two weeks of January. Defendants who receive this notice do not need to appear and will be notified by the court of their next court date. The WPLC Criminal Defense/Court Support team on the ground is working on Read More
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The Tilted Scales Collective has released a free zine version from their book, “The Criminal Legal System for Radicals: Setting and Balancing Personal, Political, and Legal Goals.” If you’ve been arrested at Standing Rock, this zine is designed to help you (and anyone who’s been arrested while standing up to the state and corporate interests) Read More
On or around December 3rd, 2016 a water protector at Oceti Sakowin received a summons to appear before a federal grand jury that has been convened in relation to the resistance of water protectors. What we know about grand juries is that they have a long history of being used to target those in resistance Read More
If you need a lawyer but can’t afford to pay, you are entitled to a public defender. To apply for a public defender, use this Public Defender Application Form. Don’t be intimidated by the form! Read this guide for tips on filling it out. Once you have filled out and signed your form, you can Read More
If you have been arrested, you will need to stay up-to-date about your court dates and other important information about your case. One way to do that is by joining the arrestee announcement email list; just email [email protected] to join. If you are struggling to sign yourself up check out the Quick Tips section at Read More
Use the North Dakota Courts Records Inquiry page to look up crucial information like court calendars and case records. Link will open in a new tab.