While the media creates a perception that most crimes committed in St. Louis are of a violent nature, the fact is white collar crime charges are exceedingly prevalent and often more costly for those accused of such crimes. It's a mistaken belief that crimes involving fraud aren't taken as seriously as other kinds of crimes. In truth, law enforcement vigorously pursues white collar crimes and harshly punishes those who are convicted of these offenses.
St. Louis residents have become accustomed to using their computer for nearly everything, from shopping to working to attending to personal matters. In criminal law, computers have also become a common part of many cases.
Many St. Louis residents understand that the same act can be viewed very differently depending on a person's intent. If the person intended to do harm to something or someone else, it is very different from a person who simply made a mistake or intended no harm at all.
Many St. Louis residents have heard the phrase, "the punishment should fit the crime." This is not always the case when it comes to criminal penalties imposed against individuals, as the same crime can yield different results depending on where a person is charged and what offense is at issue.