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How to avoid committing securities fraud in Missouri

Securities fraud is a serious crime that can lead to severe consequences if you are found guilty. It is for this reason that you should make sure that you understand the laws that regulate trading securities. Doing so could prevent you from accidentally taking actions that could get you in trouble with the law.

You can be accused of securities fraud even if you are not actively involved in trading. This is because you may have committed securities fraud by giving a trader inside information on a business' projected success. The following are things you should and should not do if you want to avoid committing securities fraud in Missouri.

Victim's, defendant's accounts differ in Missouri assault case

When an incident that is believed to involve a crime happens, police are often left to make decisions regarding who is at fault based on the reports of those involved in the incident. When details conflict, they may make a decision regarding whose version they think is most reliable, often with little information to support their final conclusion. For example, a woman in Missouri is now facing assault charges involving an incident in which she claims the alleged victim attacked her first.

The events that resulted in the 39-year-old woman's arrest reportedly happened on a day in March. The alleged victim claims that he and the woman were spending time together in an apartment; he states that they were smoking meth and drinking. He further states that the woman became upset when he refused to get more meth.

Missouri investigation leads to drug charges against 2

For many people in Missouri and across the country, the prospect of responding to criminal allegations is daunting, especially those who have little legal training or experience. Often, people facing criminal charges feel as if they do not have the necessary information to make informed decisions or the knowledge to appropriately respond to unlawful actions. In fact, two people who are now facing drug charges are likely wondering about their legal options following their recent arrest.

Reports claim that the arrests occurred on a day in March as part of an investigation conducted by a drug task force. According to reports, a confidential informant bought $100 of methamphetamine from one of the defendants, a 53-year-old man. Following the alleged purchase, police reportedly conducted a search at the address where they claim the sale occurred.

Man charged with murder after Missouri police pursuit

Interactions with law enforcement officers can be intimidating regardless of the circumstances. As such, some people who face a confrontation may react out of fear. Unfortunately, reports in Missouri claim that a police pursuit involving a driver police say was attempting to elude them resulted in a fatality. Now, a man faces multiple felony charges as a result, including murder.

The incident reportedly happened on a day in early March. Reports indicate that police were pursuing a vehicle, allegedly driven by a 26-year-old man. It is unclear what prompted the pursuit that ultimately spread across two counties. 

Alleged Missouri road rage incident leads to assault charge

Anyone who has spent any time driving a vehicle has likely experienced an incident when an unsafe maneuver occurred. Likewise, many drivers in Missouri have likely also been accused of performing an unsafe act that they may not believe was unsafe. Either scenario could potentially result in a road rage incident. In fact, a man is currently behind bars, accused of assault, due to the allegations he faces in a road rage incident.

The encounter reportedly took place on a day in February. According to a driver allegedly involved in the incident, the wife of the alleged victim in the incident, a driver cut off the vehicle she was driving. She claims she honked her horn at the driver who flipped her off. She says she returned the gesture.

Missouri police suspect drunk driving, leads to pursuit, crash

It is often difficult to determine what might be running through a person's mind when faced with confrontations with law enforcement officers. Some people may act instinctively, which could lead to a complicated legal situation. Unfortunately, a man in Missouri is now facing such a scenario following a pursuit that occurred after police say they received reports of drunk driving.

The incident reportedly happened during the early morning hours of a day in February. Police say that they received reports of a driver who was possibly intoxicated and may have stolen a vehicle. Officers reportedly located the driver and vehicle on a Missouri interstate.

Understanding the most common types of white collar crimes

If you have been accused of white collar crime in Missouri, it goes without saying that you should not delay taking action to form your defense. White collar crimes can come in many different forms, and they not only have legal implications, but they can also ruin a person's career and reputation in the process.

Preserving your reputation as a respected and trustworthy business person is probably of great importance to you. Before taking action to defend yourself against the white collar crime that you have been accused of, it is a good idea that you understand the most common types of crimes in this category.

6 plead guilty in Missouri fraud case

When facing criminal charges, many people feel unprepared to make the decisions that will likely have a significant impact on the rest of their lives. In fact, six men in Missouri who recently pleaded guilty to charges related to a fraud case likely felt unsure about their options at the beginning of the criminal justice process. Fortunately, there are experienced professionals who can help in similar circumstances. 

The case involves employees of a public works department in Missouri. According to reports, part of the men's job responsibilities include repairing essential signs (such as yield or stop signs) that were damaged or down. However, prosecutors say that the men would call in reports themselves (or have friends or family call) of signs needing repair on the weekends or during evening hours and submit time sheets for the repairs.

Missouri traffic stop leads to DWI, other charges

It is understandable that some people may panic when facing a confrontation with a law enforcement officer or other authority figure. That panic could potentially lead to an action that could be misinterpreted. In fact, police in Missouri claim that one man fled a traffic stop; he now faces DWI and multiple other criminal charges.

The incident that led to the 21-year-old man's arrest reportedly happened one evening on a day in early February. Law enforcement officers claim that they attempted to stop a vehicle that they say did not have brake lights. According to reports, the driver of the vehicle drove away as an officer approached.

Missouri man charged with murder after fatal house fire

When a tragedy occurs, there is an understandable need for answers. While this need is often accompanied by a desire for justice, there must be sufficient evidence to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt in order for someone to be convicted of a crime. Despite this, it is unclear what evidence supports the murder charge a Missouri man is now facing following a fatal house fire.

The incident that led to the man's arrest reportedly happened on a day in January. A 39-year-old man is accused of setting a fire that is said to have caused the death of a teenager. Reports indicate that the defendant was a cousin of the deceased's stepfather and was living at their home.

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