A HISTORIC FIRM FOUNDED ON SOUND PRINCIPLES Christopherson, Anderson, Paulson & Fideler, LLP, was founded in 1894, five years after South Dakota became a state. There is a reason we are still around today. Though the partners and lawyers at our firm have changed over the years, our firm has never wavered in its commitment to provide comprehensive and customized legal services to the residents of Sioux Falls and the surrounding area. Recognized For Diligence And Client Service Our highly experienced legal team brings decades of combined experience in the variety of areas we practice. Several of our lawyers have received AV Preeminent* ratings from Martindale-Hubbell’s peer review rating system. This designation means we have been approved by judges and other attorneys for achieving the highest level of professional excellence and ethical practice. Much of our business comes by referral from former or current clients who trust our expertise and guidance to handle their legal matters. To learn more about our lawyers and their individual areas of practice, please click on the links below to view their profiles.
DEFENDING YOUR RIGHTS AGAINST DUI CHARGES Most people do not go out with the intention of becoming too drunk to drive themselves home. Those who do typically arrange for transportation home. So it may have come as quite a surprise to be pulled over and subsequently charged with drunk driving. Christopherson, Anderson, Paulson & Fideler, LLP, has been providing legal services to Sioux Falls residents and others in South Dakota since 1894. We know that one mistake or misunderstanding can lead to a lifetime of problems and worry. Therefore, we offer experienced defense for those fighting criminal charges for driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol, illegal substances or prescription drugs. Whether this is your first DUI or you are facing felony charges for multiple infractions, our attorneys can help you. Building A Strong Defense For You Those facing DUI charges face serious consequences, even for a first-time offense. If convicted, you could face fines, license suspension or revocation and possibly jail time. You will also likely have to complete alcohol abuse or treatment courses at your own expense. You could also sustain auxiliary consequences, like higher insurance premiums, difficulty obtaining loans or even the loss of your job especially if you drive for a living. Our DUI lawyers will conduct thorough investigations so as to build a strong defense for you. We will: Determine whether police had probable cause to stop you in the first place Verify police officers followed the proper protocols when conducting the traffic stop and any field sobriety tests Request video surveillance, police reports, and breath or blood test results to have them independently analyzed Evaluate the equipment used to take your blood-alcohol concentration to ensure it was properly calibrated at the time the test was run Having worked opposite the state attorney’s office on a daily basis for many years, our lawyers have built a reputation for diligence, honesty and respect when it comes to defending our clients’ rights. We will work to obtain the best plea bargain or trial verdict possible for you.