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Take violent crime charges seriously, your life depends on it

Violent criminal acts, such as murder, could mean that you are losing your life if you are convicted. When you think about some of the penalties that come with these convictions, you can easily see why you need to take the charges seriously. You need to get started on your defense right away. Your freedom and possibly your life depend on this.

One of the sentences that is often associated with violent crime convictions is time in prison. Whether you are sentenced to serve a decade or the rest of your natural life, you will find that the world doesn't stop. If you have a chance of getting out of prison, life on the outside is going to be much different when you leave prison than when you went in.

What happens if you refuse a sobriety test?

You may have heard that you are protecting your legal rights if you refuse to take a sobriety test when you are pulled over. However, it is important for you and other Missouri residents to understand that refusing a test does not come without consequences, and may not prevent a law enforcement officer from arresting you.

You might think that only people who are actually intoxicated receive drunk driving convictions. Unfortunately, this is not always true. An officer may arrest you based on his or her personal judgment that you were drinking, which may not have been the case. Here, we will discuss what might happen if you refuse to submit to a sobriety test.

Know what you are waiving as part of a plea bargain

A plea bargain is a good way for some defendants to get a criminal case taken care of. As part of the plea bargain, you are given some measure of control over the outcome of the case. You agree that you will plead guilty or no contest to criminal charges in exchange for a specific sentence or less serious charge.

Before you decide that you are going to accept a plea bargain, you need to look carefully at the conditions that come with this arrangement. There are some that might be deal breakers for you, so make sure you take the time to fully understand the terms of the deal.

Criminal appeals can sometimes come after a conviction

Criminal cases are some that don't come with any guarantees. There are some instances in which you might take your case to trial and it doesn't turn out anything like you expected it to. While this is certainly upsetting, there are some instances in which it might be necessary to file a criminal appeal. We can review the circumstances of your case to help you determine what options you have.

You can't appeal a criminal conviction just because you don't agree with it. Instead, there are four specific grounds for appeals that can be the basis for appeals. Unless one of these is present, your case isn't likely going to go anywhere. These include:

  • Claiming ineffective counsel based on the Sixth Amendment
  • The evidence doesn't support the verdict
  • The lower court made a plain, or serious, error
  • The lower court made an errant ruling due to abuse of discretion

Money laundering is a serious white collar crime

Money laundering is a white collar crime that has to be addressed very carefully. Oftentimes, these charges come with considerable evidence from the prosecution. You have to think about the paper trail and other evidence that might be present in these cases.

This crime occurs when a person who gets money from illegal means tries to put it through channels to make it look like it was obtained legally. There are very specific laws that address this issue, so you should make sure that you understand this if you are facing these charges.

Pilot accused of trying to bring a gun on the plane

A Southwest Airlines pilot was accused of having a handgun in his carryon suitcase last Wednesday. The pilot, who was apprehended by TSA agents at St. Louis Lambert International Airport, was allegedly carrying a 9 mm Smith & Wesson M&P pistol.

The 51-year-old jet pilot was apprehended at approximately 4:45 a.m. The pistol allegedly was loaded, with seven rounds of ammunition. Authorities detained the man before he was supposed to get on board a flight. Authorities are not certain if the man was traveling as a crew member, or if he was just a passenger.

What could go wrong during a field sobriety test?

The holidays are nearly upon us again, which means spending time with friends and family for you and many other Missouri residents. You might also be attending a few company parties. Law enforcement is also aware that there are more reasons to drink and celebrate this time of year, and they will be watching for reasons to pull someone over and conduct a sobriety test.

This might mean having to take a field sobriety test. Field sobriety tests differ from breath machines or blood tests in that there is no chemical element involved to determine whether you had been drinking before getting behind the wheel. Instead, an officer will conduct a series of physical tests and consider other factors, such as your eye movements, to make a judgment on your possible impairment.

Now is the time to prepare for the upcoming tax season

Tax season is just around the corner, which means that companies and individuals will have to file a return to determine whether they will get an income tax refund or have to pay in. Hardly anyone can say that they look forward to having to pay in when tax returns are filed; however, failing to file a return just because you don't want to pay can land you in serious trouble.

We know that you might want to avoid even thinking about income taxes until after the first of the year; however, if you start to plan now, you might be able to find legal ways to soften the tax blow. Things like contributing the maximum amount to your retirement account might be beneficial.

Understand the difference between income tax fraud and negligence

Income tax fraud is a very serious charge to face. There are many different points that you have to consider if you are facing this charge. An income tax fraud charge is based on an intentional action, not just a misunderstanding or an unintentional error.

The vast majority of income tax fraud cases, around 75 percent, are against individuals and not businesses. There are several different forms of income tax fraud that people can face. Here are a few points to remember if you are facing any criminal charges related to your income taxes.

Know your options for dealing with violent crime charges

As we recently discussed, opioids and violent crimes are the focuses of the new U.S. Attorney for this area. This means that more people might find themselves facing criminal charges for these types of cases. With this possibility looming, now is a good time for a reminder that you have to be ready to fight back against these charges if they are placed against you.

We understand that you might not know where to start with a case like this. We are here to help you learn about the options that you have for your case. This starts with the need to investigate the case against you so that you know what points are going to be brought up against you.

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