Springfield Criminal Law Blog

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September 28, 2020
What is Missouri’s Abuse and Lose law?
Missouri takes underage drunk and drugged driving offenses very seriously. In an effort to reduce the incident rate of such offenses, it enacted the “Abuse and Lose” law.  According to the Missouri Department of Revenue, Abuse and Lose applies to anyone under the age of 21 who engages in an alcohol or drug-related offense while in control...
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September 25, 2020
Reviewing Missouri’s minor consent laws
Parents in Missouri no doubt maintain a good deal of concern about their teens as they first begin to interact with their peers in an intimate matter. Much of the advice and guidance parents give during this time is likely based on their own unique moral standards. Regardless of what a person’s moral stance may...
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September 23, 2020
3 common defenses to a DWI charge
If you drink and drive, you could face charges for DWI. The Governors Highway Safety Association states that in Missouri and all other states except Utah, driving with a blood alcohol content level at or above 0.08% is illegal.  If the court convicts you of drinking and driving, you could face severe penalties, like jail time, the...
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September 22, 2020
What is drug court?
If you face a drug charge in Missouri, then you may get the opportunity to go through drug court. The 13th Judicial Circuit of Missouri explains drug court is an alternative option that allows you to seek treatment and help instead of going through the system to receive punishment. It is still a legal process....
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September 18, 2020
The Risks of Sexting: Understanding the Legalities and What To Do If Charged
Sexting among teenagers continues to skyrocket, with significant jumps over the past decade. According to recent research from the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Pediatrics, nearly 30 percent of teens (or one in four) are receiving sexts and almost 15 percent (or one in seven) are sending them.  What is Sexting? Sexting is...
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September 17, 2020
Airline scammer admits to exploiting ticketing glitch
The media often presents white collar crime as big corporation embezzlement or public corruption. Any charge involving nonviolent crimes for financial gain may fall under the term. But as The Herald-Mail reports, a Missouri man exploited a computer system glitch to swindle from the airline and his family and friends. Refunding the nonrefundable A Ladue...
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September 16, 2020
The right to be left alone, the right to silence, and to be free from harassment are rights often cited as essential to the First Amendment, but are being put to the test in the communications age due to the abusive potential of modern electronic communication. Free speech and anti-harassment laws are being considered by...
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September 11, 2020
More than your alcohol consumption affects your BAC
Most information regarding alcohol consumption and what most alcohol education revolves around is the amount that we drink. Teenagers and young adults are commonly taught how many cans of beer, glasses of wine, or alcohol-related shots equate to being buzzed, drunk, and way over the legal limit. While those numbers are important, they are just...
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September 9, 2020
The Sometimes-Complex World of Online Stings
One of the most common methods that law enforcement agencies use to catch would-be child sexual abusers is the online sting operation. Police officers will post profiles or ads on sites like Craigslist, pretending to either be an underage person or pretending to offer an underage person for sex. People respond to the posts, agree...
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September 9, 2020
Cyber Harassment and Internet Defamation
Missouri law prohibits knowingly communicating a threat to another person if it frightens, intimidates, or causes emotional distress. You cannot use coarse language, offensive to one’s “average sensibility” that puts another person in reasonable apprehension of offensive physical conduct, contact, or harm. Court decisions are sorting out just how First Amendment protection extends to the...
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