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What happens at the first hearing after charges are filed?

You have been charged with a crime. However, it is your first run-in with the law. What happens next? What are your options? If you do not understand the criminal justice process, it may help to read on. It all begins with the first appearance.

Employing entrapment to defend against federal drug charges

It all boils down to this: you may have been in the wrong place at the wrong time. As a kid, indiscretions may have led you to form relationships with unsavory individuals. While you may consider those interactions to be anchored firmly in the past, it's possible that others still mark you as vulnerable due to those associations.

Erasing past mistakes through expungement

Having a criminal record can put you at a decided disadvantage in many ways. Disclosing an arrest or conviction is often required, but it can make you lose out on career, housing and educational opportunities. A criminal record can also cost you big in the workplace: research indicates that those with a criminal history have a more difficult time finding jobs, and may be paid between 10 and 40 percent less for the same work than otherwise similarly situated co-workers.

How a murderer is really made.

If you are an avid Netflix streaming fan, there is a strong chance you have watched "Making a Murderer." The show has been deemed one of most captivating crime dramas of the year. The series uncovers the case of Steven Avery, a man from Wisconsin who served almost two decades behind bars for sexual assault and attempted murder. When new evidence came to light, he was exonerated in 2003.

A problem close to home

Generally, domestic violence laws in Missouri criminalize violence (or threats of violence) against spouses and family members. The law covers different criminal acts, including assault, battery, abuse, sexual assault and imprisonment. However, it also concerns less physical dealings, such as harassment and coercion.

Murder in the what degree?

When we think of "murder" in the general sense, we think of an intentional killing or death. But did you know that some murder is not always intentional? What is the actual difference between terms like "first-degree murder," "involuntary manslaughter" or other representations of death by human?

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