Springfield Criminal Law Blog

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March 27, 2024
A Guide to Tax Fraud: How to Avoid Mistakes and Get the Most from Your Return
Tax fraud is a serious offense that can have drastic consequences. According to the IRS, around 2,550 financial crimes took place in 2022 involving over $31 billion. There was a 90.6 percent conviction rate on these cases – revealing the government’s determination to crack down on financial crimes. It is essential to understand what constitutes…
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December 25, 2023
Court Plan hits full steam in Greene County
In 2008, Greene County voters adopted the Nonpartisan Court Plan to choose their local judges. Fifteen years later, the transformation of the Greene County Circuit Court is complete. Since last year, the final group of judges who had once been elected under partisan labels — Calvin Holden, Thomas Mountjoy, Jason Brown, David Jones, Mark Powell…
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November 13, 2023
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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July 19, 2023
Get a Fresh Start: Expungement in Missouri
A misdemeanor or felony on your public criminal record can make life difficult, especially when finding a job. Nations under common law offer expungement, a chance to get non-serious and first-time offenses completely sealed or removed from public record. As of August 28, 2021, thanks to §610.140 RSMo in the Missouri state legislature, more than…
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July 19, 2023
Sandy Ellis Recognized for Excellence in Legal Service by Missouri Lawyers Media with a 2023 Unsung Hero Award
SPRINGFIELD, Mo.—Sandy Ellis, legal secretary and receptionist for Wampler & Passanise, has received a 2023 Unsung Hero Award from Missouri Lawyers Media, recognizing her commitment to excellence and behind-the-scenes leadership. Ellis was one of only eight legal secretaries in the state to receive the prestigious honor from one of Missouri’s top legal media groups.  “This…
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