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When does a police search go too far?

The question of whether a police search is legal can be a complicated matter. Even if a search warrant has been issued, the scope of the warrant is limited. Generally, a search warrant authorizes police to search for particular items of evidence in particular places. If investigators illegally search beyond the scope of the warrant, then evidence seized in the search may be kept out of court.

Your memory of ‘crimes’ can be a lot less reliable than you think

Would you ever confess to a crime you didn’t commit? Would you ever allow yourself to be convinced of something you knew wasn’t true? Most of us would emphatically answer “no” to both questions. But don’t be so sure.

What are Missouri's sex offender registration requirements?

Being convicted of a sexual offense in Missouri can result in penalties beyond jail time, including the requirement to register as a sex offender. The kinds of convictions for which a person must register include kidnapping, sexual assault, promoting prostitution, sexual exploitation of a minor and possession of child pornography.

Understanding what is at stake with RICO charges

It's called the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), and if you're accused of a RICO violation, then you may be facing criminal penalties and costly civil lawsuits, even if you have not personally committed a crime. Prosecutors may bring a RICO charge if they believe you ordered or helped others to commit crimes.

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