Springfield Criminal Law Blog

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October 29, 2020
Are you eligible for drug court in Greene County?
As someone facing a Missouri drug charge, you may have valid fears about having to spend time in jail, among other penalties, if your charge leads to a conviction. Depending on circumstances, though, you may have an opportunity to enroll in drug court, rather than logging time behind bars. Per Greene County, the county operates...
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October 26, 2020
Understanding Missouri domestic assault charges
If a spouse or family member has accused you of domestic assault in Missouri, you should understand the potential charges you face. State law establishes three levels of domestic assault charges with different criminal penalties for each.  Review the degrees of domestic assault in Missouri and the legal consequences for a conviction.  Third-degree domestic assault This category...
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October 26, 2020
How does mail and wire fraud differ?
Missouri law handles both mail and wire fraud in a serious way. These two crimes often end up conflated with one another as well. But despite their overt similarities, they have many distinctions and differences. The law handles them as separate crimes. So what are those differences? How exactly do mail and wire fraud differ...
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October 23, 2020
What happens if the IRS suspects tax evasion?
The IRS considers some incorrect tax actions negligent, while other actions constitute fraud. An investigation will determine whether the agency will pursue criminal charges.  Review the federal laws about tax fraud and evasion.  Types of tax evasion  The IRS may charge a taxpayer with evasion if he or she:  Files a false tax return  Makes fraudulent statements to...
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October 20, 2020
Why are probable causes to arrest fallible?
In Missouri, residents like you know not to hit the road after having a drink. Unfortunately, officer observation is not a fool-proof tool of DWI detection. Even if you did not consume any alcohol, you could end up getting into trouble. This is especially true when it comes to probable causes for arrest. Officers may...
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October 19, 2020
What are the potential penalties for mail fraud?
In Missouri, white collar criminal convictions are often met with hefty penalties. Depending on your criminal charge, you could face the potential of years in jail, hefty fees and more. One example is mail fraud. This white collar crime involves the use of mail in a fraud plan and you can get in serious trouble...
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October 9, 2020
What differentiates standardized and non-standardized field sobriety tests?
Missouri residents like you may face a field sobriety test if suspected of driving while intoxicated. DWI charges are not made lightly in the state and an arresting officer often needs solid proof of suspicion before making an arrest. Field sobriety tests are the first in a line of potential testing you could deal with....
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October 7, 2020
Can a DWI change your college trajectory?
As a college student in Missouri, you want to maximize your college experience. You want to try new things, go new places and expand your horizons. Most importantly, you want to get started on figuring out your career path and establishing what you want to work toward in the future. But did you know that...
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October 5, 2020
Important facts about first-degree murder
People may not realize that there are different types of murder charges. If people are facing first-degree murder charges, they need to understand exactly what this means. First-degree murder is the most serious kind of homicide charge. According to the Missouri Legislation, people may face first-degree murder charges if law enforcement officials think that they...
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