Springfield Criminal Law Blog

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December 30, 2020
What is a terrorist threat?
The right to free speech is a cherished right in the United States. Still, you cannot expect the government to protect your speech if it causes great harm to others. One kind of speech the law will not protect is making a terrorist threat. The law takes terrorist threats seriously. They can cause people to...
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December 28, 2020
What is healthcare fraud?
If you, a group of people or a company knowingly misstates or misrepresents something about the nature, scope or type of a medical service provided, healthcare fraud occurs. This often results in the insurer or company making unauthorized payments to receive a financial kickback. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, healthcare fraud can occur...
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December 23, 2020
How does alcohol end up on your breath?
If asked to visualize a drunk driving offense, you might likely describe a person standing on the side of one of Missouri’s many roads, blowing into a hand-held breath testing device. The details of such a scene may seem of little import to you until you actually find yourself in it. Facing the potential of...
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December 21, 2020
What are drug schedules?
According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, drugs and other substances are separated into five categories, also known as schedules. Schedules are determined based on a few factors, such as the medical application of the substance and its abuse potential.  Drug schedules range from I to V, with I being the most severe and V being...
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December 15, 2020
Money Laundering: Are you at risk?
Most thoughts of money laundering conjure up anti-hero leads of modern TV dramas, funneling money through businesses or “mules” for their latest scheme-of-the-episode. In the real world, money laundering is a serious problem. According to the 2018 report, National Money Laundering Risk Assessment created by several agencies of the US government, laundered funds potentially total...
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December 14, 2020
The many forms of white-collar crime include mail fraud
Mail fraud involves a scheme to defraud for the purpose of obtaining money or property for something to be sent using the U.S. Postal Service.  A federal investigation can usually pinpoint illegal use of the U.S. mail fairly quickly, but proving intent is more difficult and time-consuming.  Understanding mail fraud Everyone receives junk mail and...
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December 4, 2020
Could a new approach help prevent drunk driving?
For decades, government agencies and private organizations have worked diligently to try to reduce and stop drunk driving. With so many lives lost to drunk driving incidents, there is a need to find a way to successfully reduce them and keep them low. However, despite all attempts, there are still a large number of accidents...
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