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When Are Bars Liable for Overserving Alcohol?

Jan 30, 2020

Vendors, bars, and social hosts — or as 18th Century England would like to call them, dram shops — can be held responsible for injuries that result from their patrons’ boozin’ and cruisin’. But when does this liability attach? Most states have some sort of dram shop law that allows DUI-related accident victims to hold a drinking […]

Court Rules Police Need a Warrant to Get Data From Your Car

Nov 19, 2019

Your connected car data might be safer from prying eyes — Georgia’s Supreme Court has ruled that police need a warrant to obtain personal data from cars. The decision overturns an earlier state Court of Appeals ruling that defended police obtaining crash data from a car in a vehicular homicide case. The state and appeals court “erred” […]

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 […]

Springfield Criminal Attorney Adam Woody Featured on KY3 News Discussing Dismissed Polk County Murder Case

Jul 31, 2018

A Polk County Circuit Judge dropped a second-degree murder charge against a Southwest Missouri woman based on a new statute that was originally designed to combat the nationwide opioid epidemic. In Bolivar, Missouri, Danielle Baker was charged with second degree murder after the formerly registered nurse was accused of supplying liquid morphine and other controlled […]

Criminalizing “Revenge Porn”: Attorney Adam Woody Discusses the New Missouri Statute

Jun 11, 2018

On Governor Greitens’ last day in office, he signed House Bill 1558 into law, which creates the felony offense of nonconsensual dissemination of private sexual images. Prior to Greitens’ approval, the Missouri legislature approved the bill banning “revenge porn” unanimously. Missouri joins 38 states and the District of Columbia in outlawing revenge porn. Missouri Senator […]

No Intent to Kill: The Recent Trend of Overdose Prosecutions

Jun 5, 2018

One of the best-selling music artists of all time, Prince, recently died after taking fake Vicodin laced with fentanyl. An icon of artistry and individuality, Prince’s opioid-related death sent shock waves across the world. Charges were not filed in relation to his death because law enforcement could not determine who provided Prince with the drugs. […]