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Erase Your DWI Record!
Making your legal mistakes magically go away is a process called expungement. Expungement is a legal proceeding that allows someone to scrub their criminal record clean if you have ever experienced one of those dreaded "hold my beer" moments. Did you know that records from a D.W.I. arrest, plea or conviction can also be expunged? How is it done? First, you have to wait 10 years from the date of the guilty plea or conviction. Second, you can't have any other additional alcohol-related traffic o... Read More
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A new law took effect in Missouri on August 28, 2017 that will surely save lives.  Under Missouri's new "Good Samaritan" law, anyone who seeks medical attention for a person who is experiencing a drug overdose or is treated for a drug overdose cannot be arrested, charged, prosecuted, or convicted if any evidence of a drug crime was gained as a result of seeking or obtaining medical assistance for a drug overdose. If someone in a good faith effort calls 911 for a drug overdose, the people... Read More
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The Jason Stockley Verdict
You have probably seen the unrest surrounding the recent not-guilty verdict in the recent shooting case involving former St. Louis Police Officer Stockley.  Whether or not you agree with the outcome, Circuit Judge Timothy J. Wilson wrote a very thorough and well-reasoned opinion explaining the State's burden of proof in a criminal case.  Cut through the media sensationalism and social media chatter and read the Judge's decision for yourself right here.  ... Read More
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You have been out with some friends for a few drinks.  On your way home you get pulled over.  The police officer says you crossed the centerline.  The officer then asks for your drivers license and proof of insurance.  He smells the booze and asks if you have been drinking. You respond "just a few". Everyone always answers "a few". After a series of fields sobriety tests (you are not legally required to do them), you are placed under arrest for DWI.  You are now head... Read More
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Welcome to part 2 of our blog series on Missouri's new expungement law. Expungement is a legal process that allows someone to petition a court to have an arrest, guilty plea, or conviction removed from certain public records. Missouri's new expungement law will become effective January 1, 2018. Happy New Year. If a criminal conviction has been following you around for too long, 2018 will be a great year. The new law greatly increases the number of criminal offenses that can be expunge... Read More
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Anything you post on social media can and will be used against you in a court of law. Information shared on social media can cause complications if you find yourself involved in a legal dispute.  Insurance adjusters, lawyers, police, prosecutors and others often investigate social media profiles looking for evidence.  I know this because I have used evidence obtained from social media to help my clients win their cases.  I have witnessed social media data used to prosecute in... 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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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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First bit of advice:  Don’t drink and drive.  If you have had anything to drink, get a ride. Call a cab. Check out Uber or CarGO.  Take the shoe leather express if you have to. That being said, people make mistakes. No one plans on getting arrested for Driving While Intoxicated. Most of the time, many of our clients who get charged with DWI have never before run afoul of the law. In fact, approximately 80% of those who do get a DWI, never get charged with a second of... Read More
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Like it or not, modern technology has made it easier and more convenient than ever to take photographs, record conversations, and videotape events.  All smart-phones now come equipped with digital audio, video, and photography applications.  With all technological revolutions (devices that can record events and put them on the internet social in real-time are revolutionary), we lose and we gain.  We lose some privacy.  But we gain the ability to protect ourselves from authori... Read More
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