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New Greene County Circuit Judge Needs Governor Approval

May 30, 2019

Greene County judicial district is on track to get its first new Circuit Judge since 1976. Previous fights failed. Over the past twenty years, Greene County has added three new Associate Circuit Judges because the number of Associate Circuit Judges per county is based upon population growth. On the other hand, Circuit Judges are ultimately […]

Expungement Basics

May 27, 2019

Expungement (also called “expunction“) is a court-ordered process in which the legal record of an arrest or a criminal conviction is “sealed,” or erased in the eyes of the law. When a conviction is expunged, the process may also be referred to as “setting aside a criminal conviction.” The availability of¬†expungement, and the procedure for […]

Assault and Battery Overview

May 20, 2019

We’ve all heard the phrase on TV or in movies: “You’re under arrest for assault and battery.” The commonly heard phrase conjures up images of bar fights and parking lot brawls. But what are the legal definitions of the crimes? Did you know there are two separate legal terms of art at play: assault is […]

Missouri Lawmakers Vote to Ease Prison and Jail Sentences

May 14, 2019

Yesterday, Missouri lawmakers passed a measure that could reduce the number of people in local jails and state prisons. The legislation passed the Missouri House of Representatives by a vote of 138 to 11, and unanimously passed the Senate by a vote of 32 to 0 last week. Now, it goes to Missouri Governor Mike […]

Defenses to Drunk Driving

May 13, 2019

A motorist in Springfield, Missouri charged with a DUI or DWI (the actual charge commonly referred to as “drunk driving”) has a few different options when it comes to mounting a defense. Some affirmative defenses exist in very rare circumstances, even when the evidence otherwise supports the charge. But it’s more common to defend against […]

Missouri Supreme Court Reverses License Revocation

May 2, 2019

On Tuesday, the Missouri Supreme Court reversed Jerome Roesing’s one year license revocation for refusal to consent to a chemical breath test. The Supreme Court held that law enforcement deprived Roesing of his right to counsel when it listened to and made audio/video recordings of the end of his conversation with his attorney. Right to […]