A man from Cole County, Missouri, has been accused of creating homemade bombs and then blowing them up outside of someone else's house. He was arrested by the police, and he now faces charges for second-degree assault (two charges), unlawful manufacture and use of a dangerous weapon (one charge), a misdemeanor drug charge (one count) and a felony drug charge (one count).
As an alternative to incarceration and/or other criminal penalties, more and more states are putting pre-trial diversion programs into place. These programs help defendants overcome underlying problems that may have contributed to their alleged criminal activities. These programs also play an invaluable role in helping to reduce overcrowded prison populations across the nation.
A 16-year-old boy and two adults have been arrested in connection with a carjacking that occurred on Wednesday evening in the Shaw neighborhood of St. Louis.
A jury in Buchanan County, Missouri, determined recently that a man was not guilty of charges of second-degree murder and armed criminal action.
People who are involved in the criminal justice system in Missouri should have a basic understanding about how the classification of the crime impacts their possible sentences. These classifications can also have an impact on how a conviction might affect them later in life.
Being accused of a violent crime comes with some very difficult decisions. You have to determine what is best for you at each turn. In some cases, there might not be a clear answer about this. You have to consider what each option means for you now and into the future. We know this is a challenge, so we are here to work with you throughout the process.
How confident a witness sounds or acts may play a large role in a court case. When the witness picks out the alleged perpetrator, if they seem very sure that they have the right person, it's easy to assume that they do -- even when that person denies it with every breath.
When you are questioned by homicide officers in the police department, they are asking you about the circumstances of someone's death. Homicides are deaths that are caused by another person. This doesn't mean that they are all criminal matters, but they must be vetted to determine the truth of the matter.
The commission of a violent crime is one that comes with criminal charges. In many cases, violent crimes include the terminology "deadly weapon." If you are facing a case that involves this, you might wonder exactly what constitutes a deadly weapon.
Imagine going into a job interview with all the skills necessary to do the job only to find out that a mistake that you made when you were younger is coming back to haunt you. This is the reality for many men and women who have been convicted of crimes. In some cases, the conviction itself is enough to prevent them from being able to find work. One type of conviction that this might be true for is a violent crime.