Blog Posts in 2016

Shoplifting Penalties in St. Louis

Shoplifting is among one of the more commonly prosecuted criminal offenses. Whether criminal charges result from genuine mistakes, mistaken identity, or any other reason, individuals who stand accused ...
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Federal Crimes: How They're Different From State Crimes

When it comes to criminal law, most illegal offenses under state law are also illegal under federal law. More often than not, the state will hold jurisdiction over prosecuting a defendant and, if ...
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Harsh Missouri Halloween Law Restricts the Rights of Sex Offenders

One of the biggest concerns parents face at Halloween is the safety of their children. In an effort intended to help protect children from sex offenders living in their area, a relatively new Missouri ...
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Missouri Supreme Court Decision Cites Poorly Worded Law that Makes Most Theft Crimes Misdemeanors

Earlier this week, the Missouri Supreme Court issued a ruling that packed a powerful impact – it makes most theft offenses misdemeanors rather than felonies. The far-reaching decision may impact ...
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Alternative Sentencing: Missouri's Drug Court Program

The past few years have seen considerable debate about our nation's drug crime policies and the way we penalize individuals convicted of drug offenses. As new laws and policies are making it ...
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St. Louis Cracks Down on Fireworks & DWIs for Fourth of July

With Fourth of July Weekend just days away, law enforcement agencies throughout St. Louis County and Missouri are making it clear that there will be little tolerance for those who choose to use ...
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Multiple DWI Offenses and Enhanced Penalties

Because Driving Under the Influence (DUI) and Driving While Intoxicated ( DWI ) charges have become a priority for public safety, law enforcement has made it their goal to enforce harsh penalties - ...
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When is a DWI a Felony in Missouri?

Driving while intoxicated ( DWI ) and driving under the influence (DUI) are serious criminal offenses that carry serious criminal penalties. If you or your loved one has recently been arrested and ...
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Can Police Force You to Unlock Your Phone?

When Apple first introduced the fingerprint scanner on its iPhones, it was considered a huge step towards providing greater security for cell phone owners. Because many people wouldn’t bother to ...
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President Obama Continues Pursuit for Drug Sentencing Reform

According to an article published by The Washington Post, President Barack Obama recently commuted the sentences of 61 prison inmates on Wednesday in an effort to relieve prisoners who received harsh ...
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St. Louis County Now Has a Prescription Drug Monitoring Law

On Wednesday at the Lawrence K. Roose Governments Building in Clayton, the County Executive of Saint Louis County signed legislation on a new mandatory program called the Prescription Drug Monitoring ...
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MO Supreme Court DWI Ruling May Impact Thousands

If you received a breathalyzer test from a Missouri police officer between December of 2012 and February of 2014, a new ruling out of the Missouri Supreme Court may affect you. According to the court ...
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Are Plea Bargains Worth It?

Before your case goes to trial, you have several options. You can opt to plead guilty or no contest, have your attorney negotiate a plea bargain, or choose to take your case to trial and let a jury ...
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