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Just before the close of the 2016 session, the Missouri General Assembly passed House Bill 2055 and Senate Bill 964, which purports to give equal or substantially equal visitation time to divorcing parents with children.  The bill has to be signed by the governor in order for it to take effect on August 28, 2016, but let's take a look at what this bill proposes to do: First, HB 2055 and SB 964 alter the definition of "joint physical custody" by changing the language from t... Read More
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The State of Missouri enacted some big changes to its' firearms laws in 2016 as a result of the passage of Senate Bill 656.  As of January 1, 2017, Missouri is now a "Constitutional Carry" state.  "Constitutional Carry" generally refers to one's right to carry a firearm in an "open" or concealed fashion without first obtaining a permit from the State. Should Missourians Still Get CCW Permits? The answer to this question depends on where you intend to carry your firearm... Read More
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Admitting Fault An innocent response like “I’m sorry” or "I didn't see you" can spell legal trouble for a person involved in an auto accident. The other party may be able to use such statements as an admission of guilt, which will be used against you. Don’t make any statements that imply any guilt or acceptance of liability. Not Seeking Medical Treatment Some car accident victims make the mistake of not getting medical treatment immediately. Others may not notice ... Read More
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The first major overhaul of Missouri’s criminal code since the 1970s took effect on January 1, 2017.  One of the more sweeping changes made to Missouri's criminal code is the creation of the new Class D misdemeanor for possessing less than 10 grams of marijuana, which states... "The offense of possession of not more than ten grams of marijuana or any synthetic cannabinoid is a class D misdemeanor. If the defendant has previously been found guilty of any offense of the laws related t... Read More
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