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The impact of domestic violence charges

Domestic violence is a serious concern and includes more than just physical abuse. Whether the assumed victim decides to press charges or not, the prosecution may decide to file domestic violence charges when possible evidence is present.

If you or a loved one face charges of domestic violence, it is important that you understand what all the charges entail. There are a few areas that such charges may affect.

3 things you should know about conspiracy charges

It would seem that if a crime does not take place, no criminal charges would, either. On the contrary, you can find yourself slapped with conspiracy charges, which indicate that at least two people have agreed to commit a crime. Courts might prosecute this offense as a misdemeanor or a felony, but in either case, you should be aware of several factors that can impact you and your defense.

According to the Missouri Revised Statutes, a person may be guilty of a crime simply by conspiring to commit it. Still, conspiracy charges often lack the evidential support that prosecution may possess in the event of an actual crime. Consider the following three facts if you are facing charges of conspiracy.

Key elements of the new castle doctrine

People desire to protect their homes and loved ones. With the relevance of violent and property crimes in today's society, it is understandable why some individuals lean towards firearms as a means of protection.

In the state of Missouri, the Castle Doctrine regulates how and when individuals may legally operate firearms for protection. With the implementation of changes in the law, there are a few key elements that individuals should be aware of.

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.

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