Is selling heroin a violent crime? Prosecutors in the St. Louis area would say yes if someone dies of a heroin overdose. In fact, as part of a law enforcement initiative adopted in St. Louis, St. Charles, Franklin and Lincoln counties, police have begun investigating drug overdose deaths as homicides.
DNA evidence has had a profound effect on the criminal justice system. In Missouri and across the country, many people have been exonerated after new evidence made available in the last two decades showed their convictions were wrongful.
The availability of DNA evidence has dramatically affected criminal appeals in Missouri and across the country. It has made it much easier to challenge convictions, as the evidence from DNA has shown that other evidence used to obtain convictions, including eyewitness evidence, can be wrong.