It's an obvious point that people accused of crime don't want to go to trial and face a potential outcome that lands them behind bars in a state or federal prison.
Blacklist them. Ban them from the courtroom. Don't submit as evidence statements from their written reports. Treat them as invisible, flatly ignoring anything they assert as truth.
Should he have sold a described "small amount of heroin" to undercover police officers?
Imagine that you're a Missouri resident convicted on a criminal drug charge. Let's just say that police discovered a bag of marijuana in your car after stopping you for a traffic offense (we'll stipulate in this hypothetical that law enforcers had a justifiable reason for detaining you in the first place).
While there is no doubt the opioid epidemic is sweeping the country, fighting it has been very difficult. Missouri is not immune to the challenges of keeping residents away from opioids and preventing overdoses and deaths. Things get more complicated when people find alternative ways to get access to these drugs. One such case is pink heroin.
Citing the triple factors of "prevention, treatment and enforcement," U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently spotlighted a large federal grant earmarked for drug-fighting efforts across the country.
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.
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.
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.
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."