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Unlawful search and seizure, suppression of evidence

Feb 18, 2024

The Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution protects your privacy. It is because of this Amendment that Missouri police must obtain a warrant before searching your vehicle, home, property or person. While there are times when the court may waive that requirement, in most cases, a warrantless search is a civil rights violation. If an […]

When Can Police Legally Enter Your Home or Dwelling

Feb 13, 2015

Police entering apartments or homes, particularly of college students, is becoming an increasingly hot topic in and around the Springfield area. At this point it seems prudent to briefly discuss the current state of the law regarding when police can legally enter your home and to outline the rights of individuals faced with a decision […]

New Greene County “No Refusal Policy” in DWI Cases

Nov 6, 2014

As a DWI attorney the major question I get is, “if I’m pulled over and investigated for DWI, should I blow or refuse”.  I would always explain that for various reasons there is no cookie cutter answer and that all cases are different.  Typically, with everything being equal, I would usually advise to refuse the […]

Excessive Force By Police

Aug 13, 2014

In light of the recent events in Ferguson, Missouri where an unarmed 18 year old man was gunned down by police, it is important that we stop and remember that there are ways to combat excessive force by police. When race is involved, it is obviously a polarizing issue. Media and news outlets from across […]

US Supreme Court to Decide if Person Can Be Stopped Based on Anonymous Call

Jan 23, 2014

On January 21, 2014 the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) heard oral arguments in the case Navarette v. California.  In that case an anonymous caller dialed 911 to inform the police that a person was driving recklessly and had almost ran the caller off the road.  The caller provided only a vague description of the vehicle. […]