Jul 7, 2023
More reasonable approaches to marijuana proposed in Missouri

Several proposals in Missouri seek to legalize medical or recreational cannabis, and lawmakers have also approved milder sanctions in some possession cases. In recent years, many states have revised their drug laws to permit the medicinal use of marijuana, decriminalize simple possession or even legalize recreational use. Unfortunately, here in St. Louis, charges of marijuana […]

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Jul 7, 2023
3 factors that make hiring a lawyer advisable in Missouri criminal cases

People accused of crimes may benefit from retaining private counsel given the risk of wrongful convictions, harsh sentencing terms and lasting consequences. People who have been accused of crimes in St. Louis have the legal right to work with a court-appointed public defender. Unfortunately, in recent years, reports have surfaced that Missouri may face a […]

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Jul 7, 2023
Missouri residents with criminal records may get help

The Governor of Missouri recently signed a new bill that will allow many Missouri residents to seal their criminal records. Living with a criminal record is not always easy. Missouri residents with past criminal offenses know that their histories will become visible to potential landlords, lenders, employers and more in background checks. In some cases, […]

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Jul 7, 2023
Administrative penalties for DWI in Missouri

In addition to potential criminal charges and penalties, there are several administrative penalties associated with a DWI in Missouri. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, driving while intoxicated is a misdemeanor if a first or second offense. Third or subsequent charges of drunk driving may result in felony charges, however. This alone can […]

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Jul 7, 2023
How do juvenile delinquency cases differ from adult criminal cases?

Juvenile delinquency cases are unique due to the risk of false confessions, the factors behind juvenile offenses and the legal treatment juveniles receive. Each year in St. Louis, thousands of people under age 18 are arrested on suspicion of committing delinquent acts or status offenses. In 2012, the last year with data available, over 32,000 […]

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Jul 7, 2023
What Should You Do During a Traffic Stop?

A simple traffic stop can mushroom into a host of criminal charges One of the most important tools for discovering criminal activity for law enforcement is the traffic laws. Here’s why. In most people’s day-to-day life, the police have no legal grounds with which to stop a person, to ask them questions or to make […]

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Jul 7, 2023
New law goes into effect in Missouri: Four impacts

On January 1, 2017 a new law went into effect that represents the first “major overhaul” to Missouri’s criminal code in decades. The law is always evolving. It changes, and these changes can impact those who are charged with a crime. Those who live in Missouri are currently experiencing how these laws can change. As […]

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Jul 7, 2023
College students should launch vigorous defense against criminal charges

Missouri university and college students can find themselves under suspicion for a variety of serious crimes. Crime on or near college and university campuses in St. Louis, throughout Missouri and across the country are reported on the news all too often. When a college student is accused of violating campus rules or of an actual […]

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Jul 7, 2023
How to prevent and stop identity theft

People should know how to prevent identity theft and how to deal with it if it does happen. Anyone living in Missouri could find him or herself the victim of having their identity stolen. The theft of a person’s identity is a crime that can range from using their credit card to full-blown impersonation. In […]

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Jul 7, 2023
How things can go very wrong with a do-it-yourself will

This article looks at some of the risks of DIY will kits, particularly concerning improper execution. Everybody should have a will, no matter how small or large their estate is. Without a will, the deceased’s estate risks being distributed according to rules of succession that are laid down by state law rather than in accordance […]

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