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Are you hampering your criminal defense?

When it comes to your personal circumstances, no one knows better how to manage them than you. However, when your situation has you facing charges for a criminal offense in St. Louis, it is best for you to consider other options.

The criminal justice system is very complex. It is especially difficult for you to navigate the system when you are dealing with legal matters on your own. The wrong word or action can result in more charges and penalties. You should take extra care to avoid the following concerns when facing criminal charges. 

Key facts about vandalism charges

Some individuals may put their own marks on the sides of buildings or various properties as self-expression or a way to mark their territory. The owner of the property, however, may see it as property crime.

If you or a loved one face vandalism charges, it is important to understand the seriousness of such an infraction. There are a few key facts to know about vandalism charges.

How well do you understand Missouri's Stand Your Ground Law?

As a homeowner in Missouri, the one scenario you never want to find yourself in is defending your home against an intruder. The Missouri Castle Doctrine gives you the right to use forceful measures to protect yourself and prevent unlawful entry into your home, property and vehicle, which includes using a firearm. It is important to know your rights as they pertain to this law so you do not end up with criminal charges

In order for the Stand Your Ground Law to apply, there must be an unlawful entry. There are also other criteria your situation must meet. Here is a brief overview of your rights. 

Criminal liability for another person's actions

Helping someone else commit a crime can cause you to face criminal charges of your own. Accomplice liability, often referred to as aiding and abetting, is a legal provision that dispenses the same penalties as those that would ensue for the actual crime itself.

If you face aiding and abetting charges, a major issue in your case will be the degree of the help you provided. Many discussions of this legal issue center on the question of how much help is enough to trigger these charges.

The ignition interlock law promotes more than road safety

A bill signed by Governor Jay Nixon in 2015 is aimed at keeping more drunk drivers off the roads in Missouri. However, it has a second purpose: to help people who have drinking problems turn their lives around.

The bill puts teeth in the existing ignition interlock law, which needed a boost to make it more effective.

What happens if I refuse a breathalyzer test?

If law enforcement ever pulls you over for the suspicion of drunk driving in St. Louis, you may be tempted to refuse to take a breathalyzer test. Although you have the right to say no, doing so could be a mistake, especially if you did not drink or you have a blood alcohol content (BAC) that is under the legal limit. If you are drunk, a refusal can have serious and long-term complications that can affect the outcome of your situation.

Here are some of the consequences that you face if you refuse a breathalyzer

There's A Right Time To Protect Your Rights With Police

Among the debates that President Trump has helped to heat up is whether police are encountering more widespread disrespect and mistrust from civilians. During his campaign and since he has been in office, the president has frequently stated that the Obama administration too often blamed law enforcement authorities for fatal shootings and other tragic encounters between officers and civilians.

Police officers have one of the toughest jobs imaginable, and the majority of them perform that work admirably. However, a recent story out of North Carolina provides an example of why many people feel they cannot always trust law enforcement officers.

Driving While Impaired: Erroneous Breath Tests Can Lead to Serious Convictions

Felonious DWI convictions can lead to steep financial penalties, permanent revocation of a driver's license, and even substantial prison time. When someone is pulled over under the suspicion of driving while impaired, there are a number of tests that a law enforcement officer may use to try and measure someone's blood alcohol concentration, also known as BAC.

One of these tests is called the Breathalyzer, a machine that measures the amount of alcohol in someone's breath and uses this as a surrogate for the estimation of BAC. If someone's BAC is greater than 0.08 according to the Breathalyzer, a DWI conviction can result; however, there are numerous reasons that a Breathalyzer can return an inaccurate reading.

What happens when the FBI and the Geek Squad work together?

Technology is part of our everyday lives, but its ubiquity also means that problems arise that require a technician to fix. When we turn in our computers for repair, technicians often have unfettered access to personal information including documents, photos and videos. Most people do not engage in illegal activity online or keep compromising information on their devices, but new incentives from law enforcement could turn your computer repairman against you.

A recent report shows alleged collaboration between the FBI and Best Buy's Geek Squad, one of the largest technology support service organizations in the country. In one incident, the FBI reportedly paid as much as $500 to a Geek Squad manager in Kentucky for turning over images alleged to contain child pornography.

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