Jul 19, 2023
Ten Defense Strategies for Fighting DWI Charges in Missouri

Given that a conviction for driving while intoxicated (DWI) can result in severe criminal penalties in Missouri, it is important for anyone accused of such crime to explore every legal defense available. Indeed, the failure to consider all relevant DWI defense strategies may lead to a criminal conviction that could have otherwise been avoided. Quick […]

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Jul 7, 2023
Missouri sex crimes penalties subject of new lawsuit

Many states have strict penalties in place for those individuals convicted of sex crimes. Often, these types of cases will result in significant jail time, and after the person completes the sentence, he or she will have to register as a sex offender. These registration requirements can last for many years and make it very […]

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Jul 7, 2023
Revisions to Missouri’s criminal code may impact DWI charges

Recently, Governor Jay Nixon signed Missouri Senate Bill 491, which is legislation aimed at revising the state’s current criminal code. While the changes outlined in the bill are not set to take effect until 2017 – unless, of course, lawmakers take additional action before then – some of the modifications are significant, particularly in the […]

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Jul 7, 2023
Can Missouri police search your cellphone?

The answer from the U.S. Supreme Court is not without a warrant. In a highly anticipated case, the justices in a 9-0 decision put in place broad privacy protections for hand-held devices. The decision authored by Chief Justice John Roberts found that searching a cellphone was much different than asking a suspect simply to empty […]

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Jul 7, 2023
Seven things you may not know about domestic violence cases in Missouri

There are many misconceptions that some individuals may have concerning domestic violence allegations. Those who are accused of the offense may not know what to do in order to protect their rights. This article explains some of the things that can happen in these incidents, and helps people understand how important it is to offer […]

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Jul 7, 2023
Bill filed to release Missouri man serving life sentence for marijuana

On behalf of Rick Sindel Man was sentenced under ‘tough-on-crime’ laws that are now outdated A life sentence without the possibility of parole is, short of the death penalty, the most punitive sentence the state can impose on a citizen. Most people would naturally assume that such a severe sentence would only be imposed for […]

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Jul 7, 2023
Missouri weighs changes to juvenile sentencing for first-degree murder

Missouri lawmakers must revise mandatory sentencing for juvenile charges of first-degree murder, since current sentencing has been found unconstitutional. In 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that mandatory lifelong prison sentences for juveniles are unconstitutional. According to CBS News, due to this ruling, there is currently no constitutional sentence available to Missouri juveniles convicted of […]

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Jul 7, 2023
Research continues to reveal risks inherent to using eyewitness evidence

Research indicates that eyewitness errors are almost inevitable, given the nature of memory, which makes caution essential in cases that use this evidence. Human memory is usually idealized as clear, accurate and enduring. Not surprisingly, evidence from eyewitnesses often carries unique weight in criminal cases. However, research increasingly shows that memory is not flawless, and […]

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Jul 7, 2023
Missouri’s DWI laws get stricter with new ignition interlock rules

Missouri recently changed its DWI laws, targeting DWI offenders who violate their probation. As Fox 2 News recently reported, new rules have come into effect in Missouri that could lead to tougher penalties for those who have been ordered to install an ignition interlock device in their cars. SB 254, which came into force August […]

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Jul 7, 2023
Good Samaritan bill would provide some immunity in drug cases

A proposed Good Samaritan law would provide immunity to those who report a drug overdose. A Missouri lawmaker has filed a series of bills to combat the state’s heroin-abuse problem. The bills, if passed, could provide lifesaving measures to help heroin and opiate addicts. Specifically, one bill would provide individuals with limited immunity from being […]

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