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Man begins criminal defense for alleged murder of friend, wife

A 53-year-old man has recently been arrested as a suspect in a murder case. The Missouri police believe that the man murdered his friend and his friend's wife, and the authorities suspect that money was the motive. However, as the man begins to form his criminal defense against the charges, he remains innocent before the court until, and only if, proven guilty.

St. Louis authorities step up drunk driving enforcement

Drunk driving crashes seem to have a disproportionate and deadly impact over the Labor Day weekend, in particular. Accordingly, as the final days of summer approach, St. Louis police officials warn that they will have heightened enforcement efforts from August 15 through September 1. In fact, their campaign is called Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. 

Woman takes deal in criminal defense for cyberstalking instructor

A 27-year-old woman has recently entered a guilty plea in her criminal case. The former University of Missouri-Kansas City student is accused of cyberstalking one of her instructors. She accepted a plea deal in her criminal defense, and she could face up to five years in prison when she is sentenced.

3 begin criminal defense for burglary accusations

Three people were arrested in an otherwise vacant house near Columbia. The investigating Missouri officer believed that the three were attempting to burglarize the house, and they were arrested after supposedly attempting to flee. Each individual must now focus on preparing their criminal defense in anticipation of a trial.

Drug sentencing guidelines implicate controversial policy issues

The penalties for many drug crimes can be surprisingly harsh, partly due to the federal sentencing scheme. For example, a charge of drug trafficking may implicate federal law and the sentencing guidelines promulgated by the U.S. Sentencing Commission.

Drug enforcement efforts may also implicate civil forfeiture

Readers may be aware that there are both state and federal laws against the possession, delivery, manufacturing, sale, trafficking and/or distribution of drugs or other controlled substances. Given that overlap, it may make sense for local or state officials to partner with federal counterparts in enforcement efforts. 

Report lists DNA evidence as sole forensic test with reliability

A criminal defense attorney knows the damaging effect that inflammatory or overly prejudicial evidence may have on a jury. Indeed, there’s an evidentiary objection that can be made on that basis, where the prejudicial aspect of a proposed submission outweighs its probative value.

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