When a federal court charges a Missouri resident with the crime of accessory, it does so because that person either helped someone commit a crime or provided emotional, physical or financial assistance post-crime. Physical assistance includes concealment. The law refers to concealing someone after he or she has committed a crime as "harboring a fugitive." Harboring a fugitive is a federal offense and is punishable as such.
We note a key point concerning the long-enduring consequences of a criminal record on our website at the established St. Louis criminal defense law firm of Frank, Juengel & Radefeld. We state therein that, "A criminal charge on your record creates not only current legal anguish, but can work against you far into the future."
We don't mince words on our St. Louis criminal defense website at Frank, Juengel & Radefeld when we cite some notable differences that exist between the state and federal criminal realms.
The heavy hitters are hitting heavily when it comes to their reported focus on fraud probes and convictions in Missouri and nationally. A recent Accounting Today article spotlighting "the latest fraud trends and how [law enforcers] are combatting them" stresses a combined effort undertaken by various national agencies that target criminal activity.
Much of the subject matter that is writ large in the above piece is decidedly in the white collar realm. It stresses activity ranging from cryptocurrency scams on the dark web to fraudulent securities-linked schemes.
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.
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.