How does Missouri treat first-degree murder?
First-degree murder is a class A felony in Missouri, for which the penalty upon conviction can be either death or life imprisonment without the possibility of parole or probation. The only exception to the death penalty is if the defendant was under 18 years old at the time he or she committed the murder. Under […]Read More
Does Missouri have a mandatory arrest law for domestic violence?
The state of Missouri defines domestic assault as an assault against a current or former spouse or partner, a family member, a co-parent, or a current or former cohabitant. A common belief is that when the police respond to a domestic violence situation, the law requires them to make an arrest. In Missouri, this is […]Read More
What are common date rape drugs?
If you face rape accusations, you may encounter further accusations that you used a drug to perpetrate the crime. According to the Susan B. Anthony Project, alcohol and drugs often play a role in these situations. Knowing about any substances involved can help you when devising your defense strategy. Common drugs The most often used […]Read More
Understanding Missouri’s Stand Your Ground Law
Whether you own a home or rent in the Show Me State, you want to feel secure when you go to bed at night. You also want to enjoy everything St. Louis has to offer without worrying about your personal safety when you are out on the town. If you encounter someone who wants to […]Read More
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 […]Read More
How Does An Ignition Interlock Device Work | Step by Step
One of the potential ramifications of DUI in Missouri is a court mandate to install an ignition interlock device (IID) in your car. This is a tiny machine that a certified installer will place in your vehicle. It acts as a breath-testing machine. You must exhale into the ignition interlock device to start the car. […]Read More
Are there different kinds of plea bargains?
Most Americans are familiar with plea bargains. However, far fewer know that there are a variety of plea bargains available. This means that if the prosecution offers you a plea bargain in your criminal case, it is possible that it will look different than what you expected. To be precise, there are three varieties of […]Read More
Understanding the levels of assault in Missouri
Facing assault allegations can be an overwhelming experience. When your freedom is on the line, it’s important to understand what charges you may be facing, and how you and your criminal defense attorney may be able to defend yourself against the prosecution. The degrees of assault A general definition of assault is the act of […]Read More
Missouri DWI Laws: Revisions to the criminal code & 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 […]Read More
What is the punishment for identity theft in Missouri?
If you use another person’s personally identifying information without his or her permission and for the purpose of committing fraud or another crime, the state may charge you with identity theft. “Personally identifying information” refers to a person’s name, credit card information, Social Security number and other personal or financial information. All 50 states and […]Read More