Sheriff's deputies in Missouri can make arrests just like police officers. Well, that is, everywhere in the state except in St. Louis. That is going to change quickly, however, because the state legislature passed a law in May that gives St. Louis sheriff's deputies the same arrest powers as deputies throughout the state. Criminal defense attorneys may be keeping a sharp lookout at the new practices to assure that defendant's rights are being protected in the transition that looms ahead.
Two people in Missouri are facing a number of criminal charges after allegedly stealing a car and nearly hitting a police officer with the vehicle. This incident is said to have occurred in the O'Fallon area on Wednesday, March 21. Both of the accused individuals have the right to a criminal defense.
Whether for work purposes or just the need to get away, parents in Missouri and elsewhere have to leave their children with other individuals whom they trust will care for and protect them in their absence. Those who return to discover their children may have been neglected or abused have every right to have the situation investigated. Recently, a Missouri mother left her child with a babysitter, and now that babysitter is in need of a criminal defense.
Getting stopped for suspected DUI can be extremely intimidating. In Missouri, officers are likely to request that one participate in field sobriety testing. If a person does submit -- yes it is a choice -- and fails, he or she may be left wondering what that means for his or her criminal defense.
Police in St. Louis and elsewhere have difficult and dangerous jobs. It comes with the territory. However, the city does not take violent actions against its police officers lightly. Recently four young men were arrested for allegedly shooting at two officers. If charged, each of these individuals has the right to a criminal defense.
Missouri residents who have been charged with crimes may feel uneasy about the future. After all, having a criminal record is no small thing. It is something that can follow a person for the rest of his or her life. That is why having a skilled criminal defense attorney on one's side when facing either a misdemeanor or felony charge is so important.
So, you were charged with a crime in Missouri. Despite your best efforts and even with the assistance of a skilled criminal defense attorney, you were convicted of the crime. Think your case is done? Think your attorney's job is done? Think again.
In Missouri, an assault charge can land you in some pretty hot water if you are ultimately convicted. Have you been charged with assault? If so, an experienced criminal defense attorney may be what you need to help you fight your case.
Driving while intoxicated can have far-reaching implications in Missouri. For instance, a DUI conviction can impact a person's driving privileges, jeopardize his or her employment and tarnish the individual's reputation. For this reason, having a strong criminal defense as soon as a DUI arrest has taken place is paramount.
Can a person's blood alcohol level rise without consuming alcohol? Can a person be charged with driving under the influence of alcohol even if he or she has not had a drop of an impairing substance? Apparently the answer to both of these questions is yes. How is this possible? What criminal defense options are open to Missouri residents who find themselves in such situations?