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Category: Criminal Defense

Theft, Stealing, Shoplifting

A long time ago the law used to distinguish between petty larceny, grand larceny, theft by false pretenses, larceny by trick, embezzlement, etc. While many of those distinctions are still present, many States, including Missouri, have merged “Stealing” into a single, umbrella offense to simplify the matter. Missouri Revised Statutes Section 570.030 is the codification […]

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Miranda Rights: Criminal Law

You have the right to remain silent… We all know what comes next because we’ve heard it countless times. Legally, the police have to read you these Miranda Rights/Warnings before conducting a custodial interrogation. First and foremost, the word “Miranda” is not a technical word of ancient origin. It is simply the name of the […]

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Civil & Criminal Conspiracy

Conspiracy is a term used most frequently in the context of criminal law. Criminal conspiracy is a so-called inchoate offense, or a crime of seeking/preparing to commit another crime. In almost all jurisdictions, criminal conspiracy consists of an (1) agreement to commit a crime by (2) two or more persons and (3) an over act […]

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Free Criminal Defense Consultation

Unlike a civil law matter, a criminal case implicates the State. In other words, it is not another private citizen which is filing a lawsuit for money damages or equitable relief against you, it is the State of Missouri or one of its cities/municipalities bringing criminal charges. If convicted, criminal charges will usually be on […]

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St. Louis DWI Attorney

A DWI conviction has both civil and criminal aspects. See: DWI License Suspension; See also: Multiple DWI/DUI Convictions. Obviously, the more charges the pile up, the more adverse the consequences become. Further, inherent in a DWI are difficult legal questions that often implicate distinctly “gray” areas (See: DWI: The Breathalyzer). In such situations, you should […]

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Multiple DWI/DUI Convictions

A charge of DWI or DUI is serious in Missouri. Because of Missouri’s implied consent law, there are severe consequences that could result in the suspension of your driver’s license. Criminally, however, the consequences of a DWI escalate with subsequent DWI convictions/charges. Specifically, a second DWI offense is a Class A Misdemeanor; and a third […]

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Voluntary & Involuntary Manslaughter

As any good law student can tell you, to be convicted of a crime, the State needs to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant committed an actus reus (guilty act) with the requisite mens rea (guilty mind). In other words, the State needs to shows that the Defendant had a particular state of […]

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Posting Bail (Bond) After an Arrest

In a criminal case, soon after an arrest is effectuated against an accused, that individual will be subject to a decision of the Court as to whether the accused should be held on bond — and if so — the amount of the bond. Bail is simply the giving of property (i.e., money) to the […]

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Warrant Recall

A Warrant is a legal document authorizing that a government agent can carry out a certain action. The most common types of warrants are search warrants and arrest warrants. Both must usually be issued by a judge and will permit police officers to search a location or arrest an individual. The primary pre-requisite to the […]

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Guilty Pleas and Plea Bargaining

After the determination to press charges is made — and after a case survives pre-trial motions (if any) — the prosecuting attorney becomes committed to the idea that the defendant should be punished and convicted. The defendant invariably asks himself or herself two questions: (1) Will I be convicted? (2) If so, what is the […]

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