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Missouri man sentenced following white collar crimes accusation

As many people in Missouri are aware, running a small business can be complicated. The focus of many business owners is on ensuring the success of their business, often meaning that they prioritize their meetings with their clients or otherwise meeting the needs of their clients over bookkeeping. Unfortunately, this prioritization could ultimately result in accusations of committing white collar crimes under certain circumstances.

In fact, a 40-year-old business owner was recently sentenced to 15 months in prison due to federal charges related to his business's taxes. The man, according to reports, owns a landscaping business. He reportedly pleaded guilty to a charge of false statements on a tax return. 

Missouri man charged with murder following shooting death

When a person is charged with a crime, he or she faces a variety of different decisions, most of which will likely have a significant impact on the rest of his or her life. Unfortunately, few people feel prepared to make these decisions on their own. In fact, a man in Missouri is now likely wondering about his options after he was accused of murder.

The incident that led to the 28-year-old man's arrest reportedly happened on a day in mid-September. It involves the shooting death of a 19-year-old male. According to reports, both men were riding in the back seat of a vehicle. Police claim that they and the driver of their vehicle were shooting at another vehicle.

Know the laws surrounding weapons in Missouri

Whether you live in Missouri or will only be traveling there for a short time, it's important that you understand the state's weapon laws. If you possess a weapon that is legal in your state but not in Missouri, for example, you could still face charges.

To better understand what you can or cannot possess, here are a few facts about Missouri's weapon laws.

Drug charges among those Missouri man is facing

There is no doubt that the end of a romantic relationship can result in a variety of different negative feelings. While arguments, for example, may be usual, violence or other types of physical retaliation is typically rare. Despite this, a Missouri man is facing several criminal accusations, including drug charges, after he allegedly set his ex-girlfriend's car on fire.

Police claim that they responded to a Missouri home after they received a report of a vehicle on fire. When they arrived, the resident who called them -- and the owner of the vehicle -- had extinguished the fire. She claims that she saw her ex-boyfriend, a 31-year-old man, entering a blue sedan at the time of the fire.

Explaining Missouri criminal record expungement

Due to the signing of a law in 2016, that came into effect on January 2018, the arrest and conviction records available for expungement (closure) increased. Once your record is expunged, you no longer must state that you were convicted of a crime.

Expungements are available for many misdemeanors and felonies. Though you don’t have to state your crime to anybody, if your arrest and/or conviction record is closed, it will still be available to the courts, law enforcement agencies and certain employers. If convicted of a felony, you must wait seven years to apply for expungement and three years for a misdemeanor conviction. Also, you can expunge only one felony record and two misdemeanor offenses in a lifetime.

Assault claim leads to Missouri woman's arrest

It is hard to imagine how a person might react upon arriving at his or her parked vehicle, only to find that someone is attempting to take it away. In fact, it would likely be easy to assume that the vehicle is being stolen or that the owner's safety may be in danger, potentially prompting him or her to take action to protect both property and safety. Unfortunately, a woman in Missouri now faces criminal charges after she was accused of assault in connection with someone trying to repossess a vehicle.

The incident that led to the woman's arrest happened just before 11:30 p.m. on a night in September. According to reports, police received a call from a man who claims he was attempting to repossess a vehicle. The man says that during the process, a woman entered the vehicle and drove away.

Missouri man arrested for his mother's murder

Family dynamics can be complicated. Despite the volatility that some families experience, there is rarely violence. However, a man in Missouri is now facing a murder charge in connection with the death of his mother

Police believe that the 38-year-old man beat his mother to death. They claim that he admitted to hitting her with objects and his fists throughout the day. After she passed away, he allegedly left the house with a dog and spent the night at a friend's house.

Fatal crash in Missouri leads to drunk driving allegations

Motor vehicle accidents can happen at any moment of the day. While some are the result of a driver who is under the influence, many accidents occur due to a single moment of distraction. Unfortunately, police believe that drunk driving was a factor in a recent accident in Missouri that resulted in a fatality.

The incident reportedly happened during the evening hours of a day in late August. According to reports, a 43-year-old man was driving a pickup truck when the vehicle crossed the centerline. Unfortunately, police say that they vehicle then struck a 26-year-old male motorcyclist head on.

Missouri man accused of assault, other charges following chase

When a person is accused or suspected of a crime that is reported in the newspaper and other media outlets, there is typically only one side of the story that is told -- the side of law enforcement officers. Though many will make a judgment based on these reports alone, a person is entitled to the presumption of innocence unless there is sufficient evidence that proves guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. In fact, a man in Missouri is now likely considering his legal options now that he is facing criminal charges, including assault, reportedly after a police pursuit.

The incident that led to the man's arrest happened on a day in August. According to reports, a pursuit began after police claim they spotted a reckless driver; it is unclear what actions of the driver led police to this claim. Police say that they 30-year-old man then sped off. Though the sheriff's office claims that the pursuit lasted approximately 30 minutes, deputies were only in pursuit for approximately 60 seconds before a Missouri State Police helicopter took over. Despite this, reports indicate that deputies fired shots and struck the vehicle.

Understanding embezzlement laws and penalties in Missouri

Embezzlement is more common than many people think. It is not always high-profile, and it can occur in a wide range of environments. If someone accuses you of embezzlement, you must not laugh it off as a preposterous idea. You should take the accusation seriously, even if you do not believe that you were guilty of committing such an act.

To better understand how you can successfully defend yourself against an embezzlement charge, it is a good idea that you take the time to understand the elements of the law in full.

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