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Former Missouri police chief charged with assault

There is no doubt that law enforcement officers have difficult jobs. Not only do they face physical harm, but they often witness incidents that will haunt them for the rest of their lives. Unfortunately, a former police chief in Missouri now faces assault charges, following an incident reportedly involving the father of a child the law enforcement officer had rescued from a pond.

Reports indicate that the officer, a 50-year-old man, resigned from his position among allegations that he assaulted a man who was allegedly handcuffed at the time. Reports accuse the officer of hitting the man in the face. Federal officials say that the handcuffed man posed no threat at the time of the incident.

Understanding the definition of involuntary manslaughter

Being found to have caused the death of another will always be charged as a very serious crime. However, there is a huge difference between intentionally shooting someone with a rifle and unintentionally causing a car crash that leads to a person's death, for example. This is why there are many different crimes that all address situations in which a person could have been found guilty of causing the death of another.

A person can be charged with involuntary manslaughter in a situation in which it can be shown that due to the person's negligent actions, death was caused. For this reason, involuntary manslaughter can sometimes be referred to as criminally negligent homicide. If you are concerned about being charged with manslaughter, you should know the difference between involuntary and voluntary manslaughter, and understand the ways you can go about defending yourself.

Federal grand jury indicts Missouri woman for fraud

When a person is accused of a crime, it may be easy to immediately assume his or her guilt. However, in all cases, a person is presumed innocent unless and until sufficient evidence is provided in court to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Unfortunately, those who face criminal charges may be unaware of their legal options. In fact, a Missouri woman recently indicted on fraud charges is likely considering how to respond to the allegations.

The case involves a 32-year-old woman. She reportedly served as the treasurer of a community in Missouri. Authorities claim that the woman stole approximately $400,000 from the city from Nov. 2015 to Oct. 2018. They say she did this by writing herself 90 checks that she deposited in her personal banking account in addition to writing checks to businesses and wiring money. The money, according to authorities, was used to pay for personal purchases, such as clothing and car payments.

Man faces drug charges following Missouri high-speed chase

Many individuals, when facing a confrontation with police, react out of fear and panic. For some, this could prompt someone to flee an officer rather than stop. Unfortunately, reports indicate that a man in Missouri now faces federal drug charges following a car chase.

The incident that led to the man's arrest happened on a day in October. According to reports, a sheriff's deputy attempted to stop a vehicle, reportedly driven by a 33-year-old man, for a traffic infraction; the details regarding the infraction are unclear. The deputy claims that the driver fled. Reports note that a high-pursuit chase reaching 120 mph followed; the chase is said to have come to an end when the man drove through a yard and struck a tree.

Missouri man accused of murder in case of missing brothers

Running a business can be a difficult enterprise, especially when that business involves the care of livestock. Often, unexpected circumstances can arise that could negatively impact the health of the animals, ultimately threatening the success of the business. Unfortunately, police claim that money allegedly owed in a business arrangement involving livestock is at the center of a case that led to murder charges against a man in Missouri. 

The defendant in the case reportedly was involved in a business arrangement in which he supposed to raise 131 calves owned by two brothers and another man. However, reports indicate that the calves became sick shortly after they arrived at the defendant's farm, and many of them died. Ultimately, only 35 of the calves were reportedly returned to the owners.

Police say Missouri woman was DWI with children in the car

It is relatively easy to become disoriented when driving. A missed turn or turning too early could quickly lead someone down the wrong road. Despite this possibility, police in Missouri have accused a woman of DWI. She now faces multiple criminal charges.

The incident that led to the woman's arrest reportedly happened on a day in September. Based on the charges filed against the woman, she was allegedly driving the wrong way on a Missouri roadway. Police say there were two juveniles in the vehicle with her at the time, ages 15 and 12.

Cocaine possession defense in Missouri

Cocaine is illegal across the United States, but state laws determine the legal consequences of being found guilty of possessing cocaine. Those accused of possessing cocaine in Missouri could face serious legal consequences that could change the course of their entire life. This is why those accused should take action to aggressively defend themselves.

If you have been accused of possessing cocaine in Missouri, start by gaining a strong understanding of Missouri law, and learning about the possible defense options for you.

Missouri man accused of assault after teen breaks into car

Most people in Missouri work hard to buy the things they own. As such, it may be difficult to predict how people might respond when their personal property -- and, potentially, their personal safety -- are under threat, especially if they believe there is a weapon involved. Unfortunately, a man now faces an assault charge after he allegedly shot a teenager who he caught breaking into a vehicle on his property.

The incident reportedly happened on a night in October. Reports indicate that teenagers were breaking into vehicles in a Missouri neighborhood. When the group broke into a vehicle on a 41-year-old man's property, he allegedly confronted them. However, law enforcement officers say that the man thought he saw one of the teens reaching for a weapon; no weapon was recovered.

Expungement of a criminal or arrest record in Missouri

Many people in Missouri have made mistakes that resulted in criminal charges. Upon their conviction, they completed their punishment as required by law and want nothing more than to put their past behind them and continue with their lives. Unfortunately, without seeking an expungement, many people may struggle to do so. 

In fact, many people who have been convicted of a crime have found that record of their conviction can be prohibitive years later. Often, questions regarding criminal history arise as part of the job interview or loan application process, often preventing success. Many people have found that, even a conviction of a minor misdemeanor can cost them their dream job or home years later. However, those who were convicted of a misdemeanor and some felonies -- such as non-sexual and non-violent crimes -- could now qualify for expungement.

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. 

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