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Opioids and violent crime are targets of the new U.S. Attorney

The opioid problem is one that has been covered almost constantly by the media. Another issue that is seemingly always making news is violent crime. The new U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri seems to have taken both of these issues to heart. He has noted that he plans to focus on these two problems.

He plans to include his office and others in the increase of attention. He wants to get some of the 40 federal prosecutors who are going to be placed in 20 U.S. attorney's offices in this country to focus on the issue of violent crime. He says that he plans on making this shift in his own office, as well.

DNA proof of innocence required for incarceration compensation

Missouri has laws allowing for compensation for wrongfully convicted people who serve time. However, this process can be complex.

Overturning a conviction is just one component. Even if the courts reverse a conviction, compensation is not certain and depends on other factors.

Citizen oversight provides accountability, but might be gone

One of the primary focuses of a person who is facing time in prison for crimes like forgery, fraud or anything else is determining how he or she is going to survive prisons. Let's face it -- prisons in this country are horrible for the most part. Instead of focusing on rehabilitation, they simply lock people away with others who have been convicted of crimes and those who are facing charges.

In Missouri, inmates in the prison system have had the ability to air their complaints to a civilian review board. Created in 2003, the Citizens Advisory Committee on Corrections meets once per month at a prison to read over random written complaints by inmates. The committee then gives suggestions to the director of adult institutions. Those suggestions don't have to be implemented.

Firearms used in criminal acts can mean harsh sentences

The use of a firearm in a crime can make the penalties that you face even harsher. As difficult as this is to think about, you must be realistic about the possible penalties if you are facing these charges. We know that you want to fight back against these charges. We are here to help you handle this.

Developing a defense strategy for a weapons charge is something that is very difficult to do. We need to look at each aspect of the case to determine your options. As we go through this, we can let you know what options you have so that you can make the decision.

Strangulation is troubling in domestic situations

Domestic violence comes in many forms. One form that continues to be surprisingly prevalent is strangulation. When a domestic discussion or argument devolves to this level, there is a possibility of criminal charges.

Strangulation is a serious matter because it can cause a person to lose consciousness. In as few as 10 seconds, a person who is being strangled might slip into an unconscious state. This is because strangulation puts pressure on the carotid artery. The pressure prevents oxygenated blood from reaching the brain, which can lead to brain damage.

Kidnapping charges must be handled in a unique manner

There are many different situations that could be construed as kidnapping. The key to all of these situations is that a person has to be taken to a location without his or her consent. In some cases, such as parental kidnapping, the victim might be willing to go, but he or she is taken without proper approval.

For people who are facing kidnapping charges, determining how to prepare a defense takes a lot of thought. One of the things that must be done is determining what elements must be present for the crime under the law that is being used as the basis of the case. In some cases, the person who is moved without his or her consent will have to be held captive in order for a kidnapping charge to be levied.

Defense strategies must be taken very seriously

Facing charges related to weapons can be a complex undertaking, especially if the weapon was recovered. You should understand that you need to work on your defense from the moment that you know you are facing charges.

We understand that it isn't pleasant to think about the penalties that you are facing. Still, it would be even more disheartening to think about what might have happened if you had worked on your defense — but didn't — and consequently are now sitting in jail.

Factors that can impact Breathalyzer accuracy

If an officer of the law pulls you over and suspects you have been drinking, you can expect to be asked to submit to a breath test to get a better idea of your degree of impairment. The device used to test your breath is known as a Breathalyzer, and when calibrated and tested regularly and used properly, it often produces accurate readings.

If, however, the device is not properly calibrated, it may produce a false reading, and there are several other factors that can also impact the accuracy of a Breathalyzer. Given how serious the consequences of drinking and driving are, it is important you understand the factors that have the potential to throw off your test results, as you may need to reference them in your defense. Outside factors that are known to affect Breathalyzer accuracy include:

Credit and debit card fraud charges are serious matters

You should only use credit and debit cards that belong to you. When you use ones that belong to other people, there is a good chance that you will end up facing criminal charges for doing this.

Even if you have another person's permission to use his or her card, it is still a good idea not to do so. For one thing, you might have to sign the person's name, which could lead to criminal charges if the person speaks up and disputes the charge. Even if you are using the person's PIN, there is a chance that he or she could claim you didn't have permission to make the charge.

What evidence is required to prove embezzlement?

Embezzlement is a legal term used to describe employee theft. In other words, it's the illegal act on the part of an employee who misappropriates money that was entrusted to his or her care by another person. Embezzlement is usually carried out by an employee, but it could also be committed by anyone entrusted with the care of money on behalf of another person.

Sometimes embezzlement is prosecuted as a criminal matter, and the penalties of conviction could result in the employee being sentenced to prison. In other cases, the embezzlement claims are pursued in civil court by the victim, in which cases, the accused employee may need to pay back monetary damages but won't face the threat of jail time.

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