Springfield Criminal Law Blog

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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 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 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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August 27, 2020
School Crimes
On January 1, 2017, there were substantial revisions to current Missouri criminal federal laws which have a significant effect on school districts. Student misconduct must be reported under the Safe Schools Act.    Felony harassment covers a person who “without good cause, engages in any act with a purpose to cause emotional distress to another person, and...
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August 12, 2020
What Is Title IX?
Title IX states: “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” In far too many schools across America, students with Title IX claims made against them...
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