Unfortunately, we don't live in a world where people do the right -- or merely legal -- thing all the time. This is why we have criminal laws and sentences, in order to discourage such acts before they happen, provide consequences for those who commit crimes, and to keep people safe from violent criminals. Welcome to FindLaw's section focused on the criminal laws and sanctions of South Dakota, with legalese-free explanations of the law. In this section, you'll learn about serious crimes such as child abuse, rape, and even murder. In addition, you'll find information about South Dakota's drunk driving laws, credit card fraud laws, and much more. Click on a link below to learn more.