If you are charged with a crime, at some point during your case prosecutors may offer a plea bargain. The vast majority of criminal cases in the U.S. end up settling in this way. However, that does not mean that accepting a bargain will always be in your best interests. That will depend on the specific facts of your case, your priorities and the type of offer.
If you have been charged with a drug crime, you may be surprised to hear that there is a way to get out of hefty fines and jail time. While drug court is sometimes considered a program for younger offenders, the state of Missouri offers an adult drug diversion program for older residents who do not qualify for the juvenile program. If you qualify, you may be able to avoid the life-altering punishments that typically await those accused of drug crimes.
Even if the allegations are false, much is at stake for individuals accused of sexual offenses. A sex crime charge that is never proven in court can still have a negative effect on a person's reputation and personal relationships. Anyone accused of a sex offense should learn as much as they can about the law and how it applies to their case.
The state has dropped fraud charges against the owner of a Missouri cattle plant. The man reportedly opened the plant in Bates County in 2010, and within a year the business was closed. In 2012 the defendant was charged with multiple counts of fraud in connection with the defunct plant, but he claimed that he was defrauded by the previous owner.
The police account of a recent shooting is being disputed by the sister of a woman who was shot. According to police, officers were responding to a call at a local residence when one officer fired seven shots because the woman "began to raise the weapon toward the officers." Police say the woman was hit one time in the chest.
People face serious penalties in Missouri for gun crime convictions. The situation can be even worse if the defendant has any prior felony convictions or is accused of using a firearm in the commission of another crime. Additionally, being convicted of a weapons crime now could have an effect on sentencing if you are ever convicted of a crime in the future.
Missouri law defines assault in the third degree in a variety of ways, one of which is the following: "The person knowingly causes physical contact with another person knowing the other person will regard the contact as offensive or provocative." Generally, third-degree assault is a misdemeanor in Missouri, unless the defendant has been convicted two previous times of third-degree assault of a family member, in which case the charge could be filed as a felony.
What has been vaguely described in multiple criminal cases as a "proven law enforcement technique" has lately come under increased scrutiny.
It's tax season, and the Internal Revenue Service is, as always, on the lookout for tax fraud. The tax code is extremely complex, however, and these cases often involve massive amounts of evidence that can be interpreted in at least two ways. Successfully defending against a tax fraud charge can depend on which side -- the defense or the prosecution -- can parse out the most compelling narrative, given the available evidence.
When we think of online offender registries, we naturally envision those run by state and federal officials as a means of keeping track of and alerting the public to the presence of those people convicted of sex crimes.