Springfield Criminal Law Blog

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November 30, 2020
Some activities that may lead to a money laundering charge
Business owners may find themselves facing allegations of money laundering in a variety of ways, such as by hiring undocumented workers. According to the American Bar Association, the U.S. government may view hiring employees to work “off the books” as a means of employment tax evasion and possible money laundering.  The way that a business owner uses...
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November 25, 2020
How do you handle your sex offense in a job interview?
You want to put your legal past behind you, but find it crops up unexpectedly in various areas of your life. For instance, you must inform potential employers of your record, and you may have to explain your offense in an interview. How should you handle this? Monster provides tips that may help you. Even with...
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November 23, 2020
Evidence quality may prove or disprove a trafficking charge
Trafficking offenses related to forced labor or prostitution may result in a serious felony charge. According to the FBI, however, a prosecutor may first need to prove that an individual charged used threat, physical force or coercion to bring about a victim’s involuntary actions. As a result of a media-fueled growing interest in trafficking, some...
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November 20, 2020
Treatment programs may help addicted nurses regain their career
From long, often emotionally intense hours on the job to the high risk of developing musculoskeletal and other stress injuries that require ongoing pain relief, nurses and nursing assistants may face a higher risk for developing a substance abuse issue.  In addition to the personal and legal consequences of addiction, substance misuse may lead to temporary...
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November 18, 2020
Dealing with false accusations of domestic violence
Domestic violence is a heinous crime, which is why the public reviles it so much. This is also why false accusations of domestic violence can be extremely damaging to the life of the accused. If you are currently dealing with false accusations of domestic violence, it is important to act quickly and decisively. According to...
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November 12, 2020
What are the long term consequences of a felony charge?
Missouri residents like you may face serious consequences if convicted of a felony. All states treat felonies as serious crimes and Missouri is no exception. But the impact of this conviction does not end after your sentence. Unfortunately, a felony conviction can have long term consequences that last far after a sentence ends. Just what...
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November 11, 2020
The Doctrine of Qualified Immunity
Recent unrest sparked by perceived police abuse has called for reform, police defunding, and demand for accountability. A Law Enforcement Officer, (LEO), should be aware of the doctrine of “qualified immunity” which protects government officials from liability for violating rights of citizens. This doctrine provides that citizens cannot sue police officers for damages, unless police...
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November 6, 2020
Is a plea bargain right for you?
As someone facing serious charges in Missouri, you may wonder what your options are. When looking at the possibility of going to court for a trial, you might feel overwhelmed. It is hard to narrow down your options, too.  One potential option is agreeing to a plea bargain. This can serve you well in certain...
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November 2, 2020
What are drug schedules?
You may not realize that drugs have different classifications.  Members of law enforcement categorize drugs based on the medical use of a substance. According to the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, these drug schedules consider how likely it is that you may abuse a substance. There are five drug schedules.  Low-risk substances Schedule V substances are drugs...
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