Columbia, Missouri Criminal Defense Blog

The risks of sex offender registration violations


Sex offenses are unlike most criminal charges in Missouri. If an individual is required to register as a sex offender, the registry can become the worst penalty of the offense. This is because this requirement may follow an individual long after they have served their time and have been released from incarceration.

MSHP increases enforcement patrols this Thanksgiving Holiday


Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel holidays of the entire year. For many, it is a four-day weekend, and whether you are heading across country for a short vacation or to the country for the traditional Thanksgiving Day meal with your family, you want to ensure that everyone arrives and returns home in equal safety.

Should the qualified immunity of law enforcement be reduced?


We grant law enforcement great powers to carry out their duties, but in return for that authority, we expect they will set the example for proper adherence to the law. For their actions to be respected, it is essential that law enforcement be accountable to the law.

What does violent mean in the context of felons possessing guns


If you are convicted of a felony in Missouri, you will lose certain rights after your conviction. These are referred to as "civil disabilities" and some of these disabilities will continue after you released from jail. For instance, you can never serve on a jury due to your conviction.

Criminal fines, in more than one way


Much has been made of the use of fines and other charges associated with the criminal justice system. The aftermath of Ferguson here in Missouri has brought in to focus the heavy subsidy these fines and fees provide for the courts, prosecution and even the police. The use of fines and fees no longer serve any justice related purpose, but instead fund the systems operation.

The complexity of juvenile life without parole sentences


In a case that could affect a number of Missouri cases, the U.S. Supreme Court will consider whether its rulings related to juvenile sentencing should have a retroactive effect on cases involving juveniles who were sentenced under automatic rules to life in prison without parole.

Guilty verdict in Columbia murder case


A Columbia man was convicted of murder this week after a jury came to a guilty verdict in the case. He was accused of stabbing a man in his home after that man spoke with his girlfriend. The dead man's body was found across a yard on the steps of a nearby home. The accused man claimed he knew nothing about the murder.

Predictive policing or harassment?


Scientific experiments, in order to be considered, successful, must be reproducible. It is the ability to replicate a predicted outcome with an actual outcome that informs a researcher that their hypothesis is potentially correct.

Did he really plan on shooting anyone?


Speaking with the police is always fraught with peril. While you may believe, and the police may tell you, the just want to talk, in reality, they never "just want to talk." That is only one of the many interrogative techniques that are favored in just about every law enforcement agency in Missouri and the U.S.

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