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August 2018 Archives

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. 

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. 

Understanding when you have been a victim of property crime

You have just returned home from a family vacation and have noticed some strange differences around your house. After a thorough inspection, you notice that a few things may be missing and are starting to wonder if your property was burglarized. At Frank, Juengel & Radefeld Attorneys at Law, we have helped many people in Missouri who have been victims of property crimes, to work toward establishing a compelling case that justifies their request for compensation. 

What are some of the stated drawbacks with electronic monitoring?

There is no solid proof that electronic monitoring via ankle bracelets reduces community crime, say researchers in a recent article penned for Wired magazine. What they really do is "function as an additional punishment, extending a person's sentence when they're placed on a monitor as part of parole."

Facing criminal charges? What to consider before the plea deal

The one thing that you probably never expected to occur is for you to be accused of committing a crime. Whether you are facing multiple charges or one in the St. Louis area, and if it is your first time in trouble or not, it is not the end of the world if you act quickly and logically. 

Some considerations relevant to electronic monitoring

Advocates of so-called electronic monitoring for defendants and criminal suspects (and there are many, including, sometimes, criminal defense attorneys) can run through a checklist of reasons why ankle monitors are salutary and beneficial to all involved parties.

After changes to law, man's DNA links him to murders

When a violent crime occurs, it is the job of investigators to piece together evidence and gather witness reports to try and rebuild a story that will help them in detecting who is responsible for committing the dangerous acts. However, there are times when clues are hard to come by, witness statements do not match up or limitations in the law make it virtually impossible to link anyone with violent crimes in Missouri. 

A continued look at plea bargains and the "trial penalty"

We noted in our immediately preceding blog post the "plea bargain versus going to trial" calculus that goes on in legions of instances daily across the country. We underscored in our August 7 entry at the established St. Louis criminal defense firm of Frank, Juengel & Radefeld the "thought process ... and related considerations" that play out in a trial-or-plea analysis.

Can you encourage your guests to not drive drunk?

You are excited about the big party you are throwing to celebrate a coworker's recent engagement. However, you are concerned about protecting your guests and other motorists from potential dangers associated with intoxicated driving. Fortunately, there are things that you can do to mitigate the risks of drunk driving and to help your guests plan ahead to have a fun and safe evening. 

Can the Missouri police make you take a breathalyzer test?

It’s Friday night, and you and your friends go out to enjoy a well-deserved happy hour after a long work week. You have a few drinks—but nothing too overboard. You decide you’re fine to drive yourself home. The officer who spots you on the road, however, has another opinion.

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