Legal Articles

Unreasonable Continued Seizure: Criminal Defense

A seizure occurs against a person when the government restrains the person. A seizure can also occur against a person’s property when there is some meaningful interference with an individual’s possessory interests in that property. Both the Missouri Constitution and Federal Constitution prohibit unreasonable seizures. See U.S. Const. amend. IV; Mo. Const.Art. I § 15….

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…

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…

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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