Springfield Criminal Law Blog

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November 13, 2023
WAMPLER & PASSANISE RECEIVES REGIONAL RECOGNITION
IN THE 2024 ED. OF BEST LAW FIRMS®, RANKED BY BEST LAWYERS® SPRINGFIELD, Mo.—Wampler & Passanise has been recognized regionally in three practice areas in the 2024 edition of Best Law Firms® ranked by Best Lawyers®. The firm was recognized as a Regional Tier 1 for Criminal Defense: White-Collar and DUI/DWI Defense and a Regional...
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August 29, 2023
Missouri’s New Texting and Driving Law
What Does it Mean for You? Missouri has a new law prohibiting drivers from manually typing, scrolling, or holding their cell phones while driving. The law was enacted on August 28, 2023, and applies to all drivers, regardless of age. This includes holding or supporting a phone with any part of the body, sending or...
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April 5, 2023
Polygraph Tests: What You Need to Know
You’ve likely seen polygraph tests used in movies and on television shows, but how are these tests used in reality? In this blog, we’ll define polygraph tests, discuss their accuracy and use, explain why they’re not admissible in court, and help you understand your rights when it comes to taking these tests. What Is a...
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April 2, 2023
Understand the consequences for underage drinking and driving
Missouri is serious about underage drunk driving. Many people under 21 experiment with alcohol. That could be the beginning of problems. There could be serious consequences if they decide to drink and get behind the wheel of a car. That could lead to criminal charges if they get pulled over. The state is working to...
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April 1, 2023
Tax Evasion vs. Tax Avoidance: What Are the Legal Risks?
Let’s face it—the word “taxes” alone can be a major stress inducer for most people. A main reason for this is the underlying fear of making a mistake that could lead to an IRS audit, potentially resulting in hefty fines, penalties, or even a jail sentence. In the past three years, there have been more...
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December 12, 2022
Commonsense: The Owner Of A Vehicle Is The Driver Of The Vehicle
Under Kansas v. Glover, 140 S. Ct. 1183 (2020), the United States Supreme Court determined that law enforcement officers are permitted to conduct an investigative stop solely based on the commonsense notion that the driver of a vehicle will be the owner of the vehicle. In this case, a Kansas deputy ran the vehicle’s license...
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