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What Happens if I Violate My Probation?

In some situations, a judge may choose to sentence a person who has been convicted of a crime to probation instead of jail time. Probation allows a person to live in the community, work, and engage in other "normal" activities, albeit with certain conditions. In the event that a person who is on probation violates the terms of his or her probation, it can result in serious legal consequences. Fortunately, allegations of violating your probation are just that – allegations – and the state is required to prove probation violations by a preponderance of the evidence, and you have the right to defend yourself at a probation hearing. Examples of...

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Is Legal Weed in other States Resulting in More Stoned Commercial Truck Drivers in Missouri?

In recent years, attitudes towards the use of marijuana have become significantly more permissive, and many state legislatures have responded by decriminalizing the possession and use of the drug. In fact, at the time of this writing, 11 states have legalized the recreational use of marijuana, and many observers anticipate more states will follow. Right now, Missouri does not allow the use of recreational marijuana, but many people in the state wonder whether the fact that many nearby states – including neighboring Illinois – have legalized weed will result in more stoned truck drivers on the road. After all, what’s to stop a truck driver driving through Colorado on I-70...

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What is an SIS in Missouri?

In Missouri criminal courts, you may hear several different legal terms that you may not understand. One common term that might be the source of confusion is “SIS,” which stands for “suspended imposition of sentence.” In short, a SIS is a common type of probation and disposition of criminal cases in Missouri, generally after a guilty plea. A SIS is different from a suspended execution of sentence (SES), which is a type of probation for more serious felony offenses. The Basics of an SIS When a judge agrees to a SIS, they are suspending the issuance of a specific sentence for...

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Are You Taking The Missouri Distracted Driving Pledge?

Distracted driving causes thousands of serious accidents every year, and more and more states are passing laws limiting cell phone use in an effort to curb one of the main sources of distraction. Unfortunately, these accidents continue to occur and leave victims with serious injuries, simply because drivers continue to drive distracted. FOX 2 News is asking drivers to take a personal pledge to stop distracted driving. According to the new outlet’s website, it’s goals are to change behavior in St. Louis, prevent unnecessary accidents, and save lives. You can take the pledge to drive S.A.F.E - Sober and Free of Electronics, at their website here. People Injured By Distracted Drivers...

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Should You Plead Guilty to a Crime?

When the state charges you with a crime, you can choose to fight the case against you or to plead guilty. The choice to plead guilty is an extremely important one and involves weighing a number of factors, including whether you believe you committed a crime, the strength of the case against you, and the potential consequences you are facing should you choose to fight the case. While an attorney can advise you as to the relative pros and cons associated with choosing to plead guilty or not, the choice is always up to you. Pleading Guilty Can Mitigate Your Consequences Many people wonder why anyone would plead guilty to a...

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How Summer Can Expose You & Your Children to an Increased Risk of Injury

With the summer months finally among us, many of us plan vacations, pool days, trips to the lake, and other activities. While summer is undoubtedly a time adults and children alike look forward to, it's critical to keep in mind that summer activities also come with an inherent risk of injury. Pools and Spas Are Dangerous Places Beating the heat by heading to the pool is a classic summer tradition, but as with any water-based activity, it also exposes visitors to a risk of serious injury. From slip and falls to exposure to toxic chemicals to near-drowning events, preventable accidents at pools often leave victims with extremely serious injuries. More Teen Drivers...

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Who is at Fault for a Rear-End Collision in Missouri?

You may have heard that the driver of the trailing vehicle is always at fault for rear-end accidents. While it's certainly true that the rear driver is often at fault for these kinds of crashes, there are cases where the driver of the front vehicle can be held liable. As a result, you should always speak to an experienced lawyer after a rear-end accident, regardless of whether you were in the front or the rear vehicle. Missouri Law on Rear-End Collisions Under Missouri case law, there is a presumption that the driver of the rear vehicle is at fault for a rear end accident. This rule is known as the...

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An Overview of CBD and Related Laws in Missouri

Consumers across the United States are using products containing cannabidiol, also known as CBD, for a variety of reasons, including pain and anxiety relief. Stores are selling a variety of CBD products, including oils, topicals, and edibles - however, cannabis is not legal for recreational possession in Missouri. As a cannabis product, is selling or possessing CBD products legal in Missouri? The laws regarding CBD can be confusing, and they vary from state to state with no current federal standard. In 2014, Missouri passed a law that allowed some patients to obtain and possess hemp extracts, which is a cannabis preparation that contains less than .3...

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4 Insurance Tricks Insurance Companies Use to Minimize Settlement Payments

When a driver causes a car accident or you fall in a store, the responsible party’s insurance company should pay for all of your losses, right? Unfortunately, it is not always that easy, since insurance companies regularly challenge injury claims. These companies are businesses first, and to maximize profits, they try to minimize settlement payments as much as possible. The following are four tricks that insurers may use to reduce your settlement. 1. Challenge Liability If an injured accident victim was also partially at fault for a collision, their recovery will be reduced by their percentage of fault. Therefore, insurance companies will investigate an accident...

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Happy Father’s Day: A Tribute to Our Founder

Before opening his own firm in 1954, Raymond A. Bruntrager served in the circuit attorney's office, prosecuting many high-profile cases, including over 50 felony cases, and establishing himself as a success-driven, criminal defense attorney. It was in this office that Bruntrager tried his most famous case: The Southwest Bank Robbery in 1953, which was eventually made into a movie, The Great St. Louis Bank Robbery starring Steve McQueen in 1959. Raymond A. Bruntrager was many things throughout his lifetime. An Army Air Force Veteran, an honoree of the Soldier's Medal, a lawyer, a business owner, and a father to name a...

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