Blog Posts in 2013

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A Holiday Gift from The Hammer Law Firm, LLC

At The Hammer Law Firm, LLC, we are not just St. Louis criminal defense attorneys. We are a team that truly cares about the clients we represent. Every year around Christmastime, we select one of our ...
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Sex Crime "Epidemic" Could Lead to Complacency, Experts Fear

In the wake of a sex crime "epidemic," authorities fear that students will become complacent to the gravity of such claims. When one college senior heard about an alleged rape inside a ...
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St. Louis Criminal Attorney Nicole Chiravollatti Attends Missouri Municipal and Associate Circuit Judges Annual Conference

Our very own Attorney Nicole Chiravollatti recently attended the Missouri Municipal and Associate Circuit Judges Annual Conference at Lake of the Ozarks. She was invited to attend because she is the ...
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St. Louis Criminal Attorneys Mark Hammer and Nicole Chiravollatti Conclude Another Year of Teaching

The Hammer Law Firm, LLC's St. Louis criminal defense attorneys Mark Hammer and Nicole Chiravollatti have just wrapped up another year of teaching Criminal Trial Advocacy II to third year law ...
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Researchers Find Sexual Assaults Underreported

National researchers have evidence to suggest that federal crime reports may not be providing a clear picture for sexual assaults. According to the National Research Council (NRC), experts have found ...
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Knockout Game, Assaults in St. Louis Go Viral

News of the "Knockout Game" has been sweeping the nation as of late. A "game" in which individuals – often one or several young teens in a group – physically attack ...
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St. Louis Crime Covered by New York Times

Last week, the November 20 issue of the New York Times ran a front page story detailing crime and society in north St. Louis. The article's headline, "In places like north St. Louis, gunfire ...
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Overcrowded St. Louis Jails lead to More Overtime, Costs

In the past few decades, jail and prison populations have soared throughout the country. At the St. Louis County Justice Center, overcrowding has also become a problem. According to officials and ...
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Halloween Serves as a Reminder of Harsh Missouri Sex Crime Laws

Halloween has come and gone and – as they always have – many children enjoyed their night of trick-or-treating. Halloween is a child-centered holiday and because of this, the state of ...
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St. Louis Law Enforcement Targets New Synthetic Drug

A new synthetic drug called "N-Bomb" has been turning up on St. Louis streets, according to state officials. Also known as "Smiles" or "Happy," N-Bomb is a designer drug ...
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High Rates of Wrongful Arrests in St. Louis Lead to Lawsuits

Earlier this week, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch published Jailed by Mistake, an article that reveals a shocking number of wrongful arrests within the St. Louis criminal justice system. According to the ...
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Missouri Town Protests Over Teen Rape Case

One of the largest stories sweeping Missouri – and the entire nation – concerns a controversial alleged rape involving two teens in Maryville, Missouri, a town of roughly 12,000 residents. ...
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Meth Production Increases in St. Louis

New reports from Missouri law enforcement agencies are revealing alarming trends about methamphetamine production – its becoming increasingly common in St. Louis. In fact, officials are saying ...
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DWI Administrative Hearings in St. Louis

Although driving while intoxicated ( DWI ) and driving under the influence (DUI) are crimes that subject convicted individuals to serious criminal penalties – including hefty fines and possible ...
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Veto on Missouri Bill to Relax Sex Crime Laws Upheld

House Bill 301 has stirred up quite a bit of controversy in Missouri over the past several weeks. The bill proposed significant changes to the state's current policy regarding convicted sex ...
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Marijuana Drug Crimes in Missouri

The conflicting relationship between marijuana and the law has become one of the most debated topics throughout the nation. In the past several years, marijuana activists have made huge progress in ...
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Over 100 DWI Arrests in Missouri During Labor Day Weekend

Law enforcement agencies throughout Missouri had their work cut out for them this past Labor Day weekend – one of the busiest travel weekends of the year. The holiday weekend – as with ...
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Possible Change to Missouri Sex Crime Laws Could Cost State Thousands

As mentioned in last week's blog, there has been a storm of debate and controversy over a recently vetoed bill that proposed significant changes to Missouri sex crime laws. House Bill 301 – ...
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Debate on Vetoed Bill Could Affect Sex Offenders Throughout Missouri

Controversy over a recently vetoed Missouri bill is causing debate throughout the state this week; it concerns a proposed change to Missouri sex offender laws that could potentially affect hundreds of ...
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Push for National Changes in Drug Crime Cases

In Missouri and states throughout the nation, explosions in jail and prison populations have led to serious overcrowding, overtaxed resources, and numerous ethical questions about the ways in which ...
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Refusing a Blood or Breath Test During a DWI Stop

Just as most states throughout the country have adopted harsher enforcement policies and penalties relating to driving while intoxicated ( DWI ), Missouri has also taken a strict stance against those ...
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Who is Required to Register with the Missouri Sex Offender Registry?

Individuals convicted of a sex crime face some of the most severe, life changing, and long-term criminal penalties in the American criminal justice system. From hefty fines to terms of imprisonment, ...
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Revisions to Missouri Law Reflect Crack Down on Child Abuse, Sex Crimes

Earlier this month, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon signed House Bill 505 into law, a measure that revises the laws regarding child abuse and neglect. According to Governor Nixon, the bill is essential to ...
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Background Checks & Criminal Convictions

Most types of criminal offenses, from your minor traffic infraction to the most serious and egregious felony or federal charge, will impose some type of consequence. Laws are, after all, designed to ...
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New Missouri Laws Bring Changes to Sex Crimes & Prosecution

Last week, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon signed a pivotal piece of legislation into law – legislation many believe will strengthen and intensify the harsh laws on prosecuting and punishing those ...
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