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Woman charged with murder in fatal Missouri car crash

It’s important that Missouri drivers stay vigilant at all times. The common hazards that occur on the roadways aside, negligent motorists can create dangerous situations for the people they share the road with. In the unfortunate instances where poor driving leads to a fatality, the penalties can be stiff, going all the way up to felony murder, a charge which can be brought even in the absence of a DWI.

A crash that led to the death of a 26-year-old Camdenton woman has resulted in such a charge. The other driver in the accident, a 42-year-old woman from Kansas City, reportedly faces charges of second degree felony murder, felony driving while revoked, no seat belt, felony tampering and failure to drive on the right of the roadway resulting in accident.

DWI charges follow Missouri pedestrian accident

When a person is accused of a crime, he or she often has no idea how to respond. Additionally, the individual may be unclear about applicable constitutional rights, making it difficult to recognize and respond to unlawful treatment at the hands of police officers or prosecutors. Unfortunately, a man in Missouri may be confused about his options after a crash resulted in accusations of DWI.

The accident that led to his arrest happened on a day in early January. Police have accused the 25-year-old man of speeding when he allegedly drove onto the sidewalk and struck two female pedestrians. An officer claims that the man then fled the scene, leaving behind the two victims who he says suffered serious injuries.

Expungement just got easier for our state

On January 1, Missourians found it easier to have past criminal arrests and convictions stripped from their records.

Known as Senate Bill 588, the changes to state law allow non-chronic offenders to erase their records and their negative consequences.

Missouri woman's caregiver charged with her murder

Often as people in Missouri age, they become more and more dependent upon others to ensure that their daily basic needs are met. Anyone who has cared for someone who is completely dependent upon him or her is likely aware of the stress that these caregivers can experience. However, relatively few caregivers resort to violence. Despite this, police have accused a man of murder following the death of a woman he cared for.

Reports indicate that the man typically took care of the woman in the evening on Monday through Friday. However, they say that he called an Uber car and left work early on the night she was murdered. Police say that he stabbed the woman and beat her, resulting in her death.

Drunk driving suspected in fatal Missouri car crash

All people accused of a crime have certain rights. However, those without legal training may not be fully aware of their rights or the potential implications of certain decisions they make, such as talking with police without the advice of an attorney. Now, a man in Missouri is likely wondering what his legal options are after a warrant was issued for his arrest because police suspected he was drunk driving at the time he was allegedly involved in a wrong-way accident.

The incident that led to the warrant happened on Thanksgiving morning. According to reports, witnesses contacted police, informing them about a vehicle that was headed north in the southbound lanes. However, police claim that before they could arrive at the scene, there was a head-on collision involving two sports utility vehicles. Two people, a man and a woman, in a southbound vehicle reportedly died at the scene.

Missouri man's assault charge result of road rage incident

When people observe other drivers on the road engage in behaviors that are illegal or potentially dangerous, they are often unsure how to respond. Unfortunately, in some cases such an observation can result in a confrontation. In fact, police in Missouri claim that a road rage incident resulted in an assault charge against one of the people said to be involved.

Police say that part of the mid-December incident was caught on camera at a gas station. According to reports, a 50-year-old man followed the alleged victim into a parking lot. He is accused of kicking her vehicle twice before tackling her.

Missouri man pleads guilty to murder to avoid death penalty

Criminal appeals offer a person convicted of a crime to have their case reviewed for error, and subsequently as way to possibly have their sentence reduced or a conviction overturned. The appellant’s case is based on an error made during the original trial that would have impacted the jury’s decision and the severity of the sentence imposed.

In recent news, a man convicted of murder in 1993 entered plea of guilty to avoid the death penalty during a retrial. His case had been ongoing since the murders happened in 1991, with the capital punishment sentence being overturned in 2002 and then reinstated in 2004. The conviction was vacated by the Missouri Supreme Court in 2015. The case was set for a retrial and the retrial began in January 2017.

Man charged with DWI following Missouri crash

In the aftermath of a motor vehicle crash, a victim's perception of reality may be skewed. In fact, even those who are eyewitnesses may not be able to fully comprehend the events happening around them. However, a man in Missouri is now facing a DWI charge even though he informed police he was not the one driving the vehicle at the time of the accident.

The incident happened in mid-September. Many of the details regarding the crash are unclear, but a husband and wife were transported to the hospital afterward. The 33-year-old man has recently been arrested in connection with the accident.

Assault charge filed after Missouri woman allegedly shoots spouse

The vast majority of couples in Missouri experience some degree of conflict in their relationships. Most of this conflict is verbal and rarely results in physical violence. However, a woman was recently arrested and accused of assault following the shooting of her husband, a police officer with a high rank.

The incident that led to the woman's arrest happened one night in late November. According to reports, the 46-year-old and her husband, the deputy chief, had reportedly attended a charity event earlier in the night. Police say that the woman admitted to being intoxicated at the time of the alleged shooting.

White collar crimes: Guilty plea in Missouri to fraud charges

People often make mistakes in life. The reasons for these mistakes often vary from lack of knowledge and experience to simple negligence. Regardless of the reason, some people in Missouri find themselves facing accusations of white collar crimes. For example, one man has recently pleaded guilty to charges of tax fraud and voting illegally.

The man was reportedly convicted of a felony in another state. This conviction is said to have made him unable to vote. However, he allegedly registered to vote in Missouri in 2009 and voted in six elections. Although he was set to be deported following his release from prison following his earlier conviction, his deportation was delayed as he awaited a travel document; in the meantime, he was under federal immigration supervision.

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