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Can you overcome the consequences of a DUI conviction?

If you have been convicted of a DUI offense in Missouri, chances are your life has been turned upside-down. While you are coping with the legal consequences of your actions, you may have also lost the trust of your family, friends and employer. Rebuilding your reputation and overcoming the stigma of driving drunk is going to take you some time as you show the people you care about that you are committed to implementing a lifestyle change. 

As you begin tackling the consequences of your poor decision, there are several things that you can do to facilitate the process of overcoming the difficult circumstances you are currently in. According to USA Today, some of the things you can do include the following:

  • Consider participating in a rehab program where you can have the support of other individuals who are going through a similar situation. You can also have the help of educated professionals who can provide you with advice and guidance as you work to overcome your weaknesses. 
  • Show remorse for your actions and apologize to anyone who you may have affected by your decision to drive under the influence. 
  • Rely on the support of family and friends who care about you and your wellbeing. Accept their advice and show effort in overcoming the consequences of your actions. 
  • Spend time doing things you enjoy or take up a new hobby. This may be a healthy and productive way to get your mind off your current situation while doing something that encourages creativity and enjoyment. 

Forensic accounting takes on larger role in fraud investigations

Forensic accounting has begun to play a much more significant role in many criminal cases. When accused of a crime, it is vital to plan for this investigation to develop a more thorough defense.

Many companies employ forensic accountants to find any irregularities or signs of fraud. In many cases, these accountants go through transactions to find any signs that abuse or misuse has occurred. Investigations can often unearth clues that could provide the evidence necessary to convict a person or let someone off the hook.

Saint Charles man killed by granddaughter's boyfriend

Most adults in St. Louis may likely be able to look back on a time when they were young, immature and did not enjoy the same perspective that years of experience have taught them. If asked, they might say that the mistakes that they made were not serious enough to jeopardize their futures, and even if they had encountered such problems, they would have hoped that whoever was tasked with holding them accountable would have taken their immaturity into account. Such is the problem that may be commonly encountered with young offenders: the need exists to ensure that they pay for their crimes, yet few want to see that punishment derail what could turn out to be a promising future. 

The case of a St. Charles teen and her boyfriend illustrates this conundrum. The pair was recently arrested after allegedly killing the girl's grandfather. Law enforcement officials report that the couple had been in an ongoing dispute with the man, which culminated in the girl's boyfriend shooting him with a gun that the two had stolen from him earlier. After the shooting, the two reportedly took the man's wallet and then drove off in his car. 

The danger of assuming infallibility with DNA test results

A proven criminal defense legal team takes a broad-based view in its client representation, knowing that the alleged "facts" aren't always as they seem and that there are two sides to every story.

A tried-and-tested defense strategy necessarily assumes a healthy skepticism toward evidence cited by police agencies and prosecutors. Those parties have an overt and clear agenda, which is to convince a judge and/or jury that a criminal suspect is guilty of a charged offense and that a harsh sentencing outcome is justified.

Steps to take after a first DUI arrest

The police will arrest anyone they suspect of driving while intoxicated. A mayoral candidate running in Kansas City discovered this when a law enforcement officer arrested him on suspicion of driving under the influence. Although the authorities later released him, he will still need to appear in municipal court to face misdemeanor charges.

In the event a law enforcement officer ever pulls you over for DUI, you need to tread carefully. One mistake could send you to jail or vastly increase the fine you have to pay. You need to seek legal counsel promptly, and follow these steps.

Prohibited tax evasion tactics in Missouri

Tax evasion or tax fraud refers to the act of purposefully underpaying or not paying your taxes. Both tax evasion and fraud are illegal and penalized by the state of Missouri both criminally and organizationally. Frank, Juengel & Radefeld, Attorneys at Law, P.C., understand the complexities of these issues and has helped countless clients craft compelling defenses in tax evasion cases and resolve matters in ways that minimize the potential consequences.

According to FindLaw, tax fraud and tax evasion are white collar crimes that come with lesser consequences than other white collar crimes. More often than not, courts charge both evasion and fraud as misdemeanors and set a fine as a punishment. The fine is usually the amount of unpaid taxes plus the expense to the state of Missouri to prosecute the crime. 

Court-ordered anger management may benefit perpetrators

When perpetrators of violent crimes in Missouri are caught and under scrutiny, they often face significant charges depending on the severity of their offense. Consequences may range from fines and restitution to a prison sentence that requires a perpetrator to serve many, many years behind bars. In some instances, courts may require offenders to take an anger management course to help them learn how to control their emotions in a way that is healthy, safe and non-destructive. 

While this may seem like a petty requirement to some, there can be great value for people who choose to go into their therapy with an open mind and a willingness to change.  According to SelfGrowth.com, for some perpetrators of violent crimes, completing an anger management course may be enough to keep them from going to jail or at the very least, reduce the amount of time they spend behind bars. Additionally, it is a chance for people to work with qualified professionals to overcome weaknesses and learn how to manage emotions without reacting dangerously or violently. 

Is material federal sentencing reform in the cards anytime soon?

We don't mince words on our St. Louis criminal defense website at Frank, Juengel & Radefeld when we cite some notable differences that exist between the state and federal criminal realms.

In a nutshell, those distinctions are both many and material. Here are just a few ways in which criminal defense in the federal sphere typically differs sharply from what plays out in state courts:

Missouri takes a tough stand on marijuana

Now that recreational use of marijuana is legal in nine states and medical marijuana is legal in 30 states, a large percentage of U.S. residents may feel that law enforcement officials are less concerned about marijuana use. However, an FBI report released in September states that marijuana arrests are rising nationwide.

Overall, marijuana arrests accounted for just over 40 percent of the nation's 1.6 million drug arrests in 2017.

What are the statistics on property crimes in Missouri?

When looking at crime rates, many people in Missouri look at violent crimes. This is totally understandable since these crimes pose a serious danger to you. However, it is property crimes that happen more often. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, these crimes involve property or money and do not involve physically hurting another person. Despite the lack of physical harm, they occur a lot and could cost you a lot of money if you are a victim.

Understanding the property crime rates can give you a better idea of how to stay safe and protect your property. In 2014, the state saw a total of 177,421 crimes in this category. Making up the total were burglary, theft, motor vehicle theft and arson.

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