A man is facing multiple criminal charges after a deadly crime spree in Kansas City. The Missouri authorities believe that a car-jacking gone bad led the man to shoot several potential witnesses, killing three and injuring two. He faces charges including murder and assault, and he may face additional charges from a separate incident.
An arrest warrant has been issued for a former Dexter pastor. The Missouri ex-pastor has been accused of stealing over $100,000 from his church, and he is charged with forgery and felony stealing. It is not clear whether the warrant was only issued or whether the 35-year-old is in police custody. Nevertheless, he is likely focused on preparing his criminal defense.
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.
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.
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.
After a year-long investigation by several Missouri law enforcement agencies, 11 people were arrested and accused of drug crimes. Three more individuals were subsequently arrested for possible drug activity during the investigation. Each of the individuals face Missouri criminal accusations for possession of drugs and other drug-related offenses.
The country’s attitude about marijuana has undergone dramatic changes in recent years. However, a criminal defense attorney knows that other policy shifts are also underway regarding federal drug enforcement and accompanying mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines. For example, the U.S. Sentencing Commission recently voted to retroactively reduce sentences for certain convicted drug offenders.
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.
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.
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.