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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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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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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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Missouri Measure May Change Process to Regain Driver's License after a Drunk Driving Offense

A DWI in Missouri can be a major disruption to a person’s life and may end up costing them more than they expected. The Associated press has reported that the Democratic governor of Missouri, ...
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Will Prisoners Now Be Eligible for Pell Grants?

To begin, one must first understand what a Pell Grant is, and who Pell Grants have been designed to help. A Pell Grant is a federally issued scholarship that is awarded to undergraduate students who ...
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College Teen Draws Swastika in Dorm and Is Charged with a Hate Crime

A male 18-year-old University of Missouri student was charged with a hate crime after an April incident, where he drew a swastika on the ceiling of a stairwell in a dorm. He then wrote, “You ...
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Attorneys Nicole Chiravollatti and Mark Hammer Complete Semester Teaching Trial Advocacy

Attorneys Mark A. Hammer and Nicole Chiravollatti, both professors teaching Trial Advocacy II at Saint Louis University School of Law, have just wrapped up another semester. The entire team at The ...
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Exclusion of Black Jurors Highlights a Problem in St. Louis Justice System

In light of the recent Ferguson shooting incident of Michael Brown, an African-American teenager, and the ensuing riots, St. Louis and the surrounding communities remain to be all the more sensitive ...
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Dismissed! No Case, No Conviction for Woman Charged with Felony Possession of a Controlled Substance

The Hammer Law Firm, LLC is pleased to announce that our team has recently secured a successful case dismissal on behalf of a client! The case involved law enforcement officers responding to a ...
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Stories in "Hidden Faces of Courage" Lends a Voice to Incarcerated Women Leaving Prison

Women who are convicted of criminal charges have different experiences than men, from the initial criminal process all the way to imprisonment. Adapting back into the regular society is no easy feat, ...
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Man Serving Enhanced Sentence for Drug Possession Finds Life Renewed Through Art

Haven't we all experienced that moment where one mistake that we think is relatively harmless, balloons into something much more serious? While most of us have experienced this feeling, and for ...
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Proposed Legislation Would Improve Unfair Mandatory Minimum Sentencing

The Fair Sentencing Act of 2010 was a critical step for mandatory minimum reform. Now, new legislation would make further improvements to eliminate harsh and unfair sentencing for certain crimes. Two ...
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Ferguson Police Chief Resigns After Federal Findings of Racial Bias

Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson resigned this week following federal findings of racial inequality under his leadership and criticism from the Ferguson community. The St. Louis African American ...
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Crime Is Up in St. Louis Due to "Ferguson Effect"

St. Louis is experience what is called the "Ferguson effect," as the amount of crime has risen remarkably in just the few months since the August 2014, when Michael Brown was shot and killed ...
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Missouri Incarceration Rates Among Highest in the Country

A recent study shows that Missouri is among the top ten states that send the most people to prison. In 2012 along, 31,244 people were sentenced, totaling 518 new prisoners per 100,000 residents. In ...
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What Missouri's Amendment 2 Means for Criminal Justice

Missouri voters could make it easier to prosecute sex crimes this November, news sources report. According to a recent article, Amendment 2 is on the ballot, originally called "House Joint ...
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Will the Court Punish You for Exercising Your Right to Trial?

The U.S. criminal justice system affords Americans many rights, but the system is far from perfect. In the wake of Matthew Martoma's nine-year prison sentence for insider trading, members of the ...
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Attorney Chiravollatti to Attend DWI Detection & Standard Field Sobriety Test Seminar

DWI defense is complex and constantly evolving. At The Hammer Law Firm, LLC, our team strives to understand this area of law to the fullest extent. That's what Nicole Chiravollatti, a defense ...
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New Study Finds Criminal Justice Policies Influenced by Race

The American criminal justice system has faced many criticisms, one of the largest of which is how the system disproportionately plays host to large percentages of minorities. While there may be a ...
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U.S. Sentencing Commission Allows Thousands of Prisoners to Petition for Reduced Sentences

Last month, the United State Sentencing Commission voted to allow thousands of federal drug prisoners to petition for reduced sentencing. According to Famm.org – an organization committed to ...
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St. Louis Criminal Attorney Nicole Chiravollatti Endorses Candidate for County Executive

The St. Louis criminal defense attorneys at The Hammer Law Firm, LLC are committed to their involvement with professional associations, non-profit organizations, and various community projects. The ...
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Botched Execution Should "Provoke Constitutional Challenges" to the Death Penalty

According to Attorney Nicole Chiravollatti, a St. Louis criminal defense lawyer, Ohio's "botched" execution could be the catalyst needed to reconsider the death penalty. A convicted ...
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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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