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Have you been falsely accused of a sex crime in Missouri?

Jul 24, 2020

The legal defense of False Accusation is a valid legal defense. If you are  facing criminal charges due to another person’s false accusations, you need to speak to a lawyer. If it’s a simple case of mistaken identity, it’s possible an attorney can ask the accuser to retract their allegation. However, a simple resolution is […]

Do criminal charges affect college eligibility?

Jul 22, 2020

A criminal conviction results in sentencing that the state or federal courts apply to the convicted. This conviction can range from a fine and community service to time behind bars. If the person who received this conviction is a college student, their education institution may have consequences of their own. College-aged crimes have seen a rise […]

Senate Passes “Bill of Rights” for Alleged Sexual Assault Victims

May 4, 2020

The Missouri Senate unanimously passed a bill that provides protections for alleged sexual assault “survivors.” Southwest Missouri Made National News for Destruction of Evidence in Sexual Assault Cases In recent years, Springfield Police made national news when it was uncovered that 108 rape kits were destroyed before the statute of limitations expired. Seventy-five percent of […]

The Coronavirus Crisis on Jails

Apr 20, 2020

Throughout the United States, there are approximately 2.3 million people behind bars.  In Federal, State, and Local jails around the country, thousands of people are now being released early.  The reason: coronavirus.  Much of the 2.3 million incarcerated individuals are being held on low level offenses, many simply awaiting trial or for their cases to […]

The Crimes of The Tiger King

Mar 31, 2020

Warning: Spoilers Ahead! During this time of self-quarantine and general societal unrest, we have all been looking for something to talk about other than the news. We have now found it from an unlikely source with the netflix documentary, The Tiger King, starring Joe “Exotic” Maldonado-Passage, aka “The Tiger King”. It is certainly a docu-series […]

The Law Behind Stay At Home Orders – What Does it Mean For Me?

Mar 30, 2020

Many people are asking, “am I really required to stay at home?” The short answer is, yes. There are laws and regulations that have been codified which give county commissions and county health center boards the authority to promulgate rules, ordinances, orders, and regulations specifically to prevent the entrance and spread of infectious diseases into […]

The Effect of Coronavirus on the Courts

Mar 17, 2020

In response to the Coronavirus Disesease (COVID-19) the Supreme Court of Missouri issued a momentous order yesterday, March 16, 2020. Click here to read the order. In it, the Court suspended all in-person proceedings in all Appellate and Circuit Courts effective immediately and through April 3, 2020. Like anything, there are exceptions to this suspension. […]

Lawsuit: Kansas Highway Patrol Targets Colorado Drivers

Feb 3, 2020

Ninety-three percent of the Kansas Highway Patrol’s traffic stops in 2017 involved cars with out-of-state plates, according to a lawsuit challenging the practice as an infringement on motorists’ constitutional rights. In an amended lawsuit filed Thursday on behalf of three plaintiffs, including two Oklahoma brothers who initially filed the complaint, the American Civil Liberties Union […]

Death Row Inmate’s Sentence Is Tossed for Faulty Jury Instructions

Feb 3, 2020

Cesar Fierro spent four decades on death row. The threat of the death penalty was abruptly removed in late December when Texas’ highest ranking court decided he was given faulty jury instructions at his trial. Judges at the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals vacated the Mexican national’s death sentence in December, citing incorrect jury instructions […]