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Missouri police stop instructive on several counts

Facially, the news headline and a quick read of the related story seem to simply tell the tale of an eminently careless motorist in Missouri who gave police officers ample reason to stop him. What followed thereafter seems to have been an almost preordained ordering of events that led to a major drug discovery and bust.

That seizure and arrest occurred last Wednesday night on I-70 near the town of Foristell in St. Charles County. Reportedly, police officers flagged down a driver for two alleged infractions, namely, changing lanes without signaling and failure to stop at a red light.

Finding an addiction treatment program that meets your needs

Whether you have been convicted of a drug crime and are currently awaiting a trial or whether you are behind bars as you pay for the consequences of your decisions, one of the best things you can do to overcome your past is to get professional help. At Frank, Juengel & Radefeld Attorneys at Law, we have helped many people in Missouri to work through the process of dealing with drug crimes and offenses. 

With such an incredible array of addiction treatment programs to consider, you may find yourself questioning if there is a certain approach that will work most appropriately with your lifestyle and current situation. Being aware of your options and researching programs to find one that feels like the best fit is important as you facilitate your healing. According to helpguide.org, one of the first things you should remember is that recovery from drug addiction does not look the same for everyone. That being said, you must acknowledge the fact that you desire to change and are willing to change. From here, you have to maintain a strong commitment to overcoming your unhealthy habits and replacing them with positive feelings of empowerment and self-control. 

Push for lower BAC tolerance after fatal accident

The decision to drink and drive has considerably more dangerous consequences than many people realize at first thought. While some may see their decision as one that will only negatively affect them, if they fail to make responsible decisions because their thinking is impaired, they can create chaos which may result in serious harm or death to anyone in their immediate surrounding. While Missouri has a restriction on the amount of alcohol that is considered tolerable before driving, those laws are sometimes questioned when accidents continue to happen. 

In a recent story, a young couple has spoken about their desire to lower the blood alcohol content levels in an effort to minimize the temptation for people to drink and drive. Their quest began when their toddler son was fatally injured when the stroller he was being pushed in was slammed into by a drunk driver. The accident was caused when a woman, with a BAC exceeding legal limitations, crashed into the young boy and his 15-year-old aunt who were walking. The impact broke the boy's stroller into two pieces. 

How a DUI roadblock can be ruled infirm, result in case dismissal

We note in our immediately preceding blog post that police sobriety checkpoints are conducted "subject to a number of stated rules that operate against unbridled police conduct." Our September 4 entry stressed that many states, including Missouri, deem DUI roadblocks legal so long as they conform tightly to a number of stated restrictions.

A recently concluded criminal case from another state is quite instructive regarding checkpoint operation and the parameters of legality. We summarize it below for our readers in Missouri and elsewhere.

Focus on law enforcers' potent sobriety checkpoint tool

People know it by different names. Sobriety checkpoint is a common descriptor. Soo too are the designations of DUI roadblock and mobile checkpoint.

However it's termed, motorists in Missouri and elsewhere know it when they see it. And, for a select few, they feel the sharp sting of its outcome if they have been drinking and driving and become ensnared in its web.

Can you encourage your teenager to act responsibly?

There is little else as unsettling as a parent than allowing your teenager to go out for the night in Missouri and not being able to monitor his or her behavior. Rather, you have to trust that your child will behave responsibly and not get into trouble, hang around the wrong people and end up paying the consequences. As a parent, some of your concerns may be that your child will get involved in drugs, alcohol or violent crimes that will land him or her behind bars. Fortunately, there are things that you can do to lessen the risks of your child becoming a part of something dangerous. 

One of the most important things that you can do is to discuss right and wrong behavior with your children from a young age. As you reiterate what you have taught, you should be aware of how you behave and demonstrate what you meant by being an example of how you wish for your children to behave. Do not be afraid to talk candidly with your children about how their negative behavior can create danger and eventually result in costly consequences. 

Theft charges often circumstantial, open to defense challenges

Criminal theft offenses encompass a lot of territory under American law, and are broadly grouped together under the category of property crimes.

Two notable points can be quickly made about criminal property offenses.

With hard work, people can get a job after prison

Serving time in prison is a period for many criminals in Missouri to reevaluate their life and identify areas where they can make positive changes that will allow them to live a better life once they are released from prison. One of the things they can do is to get a job that will allow them to sustain themselves, learn new skills and interact with people in a healthy social setting. However, when an employer sees that a person has previously been convicted of a crime, they may be skeptical to hire that person before even allowing an interview. Despite the odds, people who work hard can eventually find employment that will bring with it invaluable opportunities to change and grow. 

According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, employers should use thoughtful consideration when referencing criminal records. In fact, many states have limitations on what information is publicized to employers in an effort to allow people who have served time the opportunity to prove themselves on an equal playing field as other candidates. Employers are not allowed to discriminate in making decisions regarding hiring, termination or temporary suspensions. 

New MO law on sex offender registration about to be unveiled

Some advocates of new Missouri law about to take legal effect that will materially adjust the state's sex offender registration scheme might simply note its provisions in a dispassionate way.

Others, though, might express sentiments that are emotionally laden and additionally offer this view: It's about time.

There are reportedly close to 20,000 individuals in Missouri who are entrants on the state's Sex Offender Registry.

How is criminal conspiracy defined?

Conspiracy theories are interesting: Criminal conspiracies are not. 

A criminal conspiracy is an agreement between two or more people to commit a crime. Money laundering, drug and weapon manufacturing are all examples of conspiracies that violate federal laws. Conspiracy theories are interesting: Criminal conspiracies are not. 

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