You have been charged with a crime. However, it is your first run-in with the law. What happens next? What are your options? If you do not understand the criminal justice process, it may help to read on. It all begins with the first appearance.
A U.S. District Court judge recently ruled that a federal civil suit against a Missouri state trooper for the 2014 drowning death of a handcuffed man accused of boating while intoxicated can move forward. The trooper is facing state-level involuntary manslaughter charges stemming from the May 31, 2014, arrest and subsequent death of college student Brandon Ellingson.
A man from Ferguson, Missouri, was arrested and charged in connection with incidents of alleged sexual assault. The man was accused of rape, in addition to other charges. The 46-year-old man was charged with counts of forcible rape, sodomy and kidnapping, in addition to charges for showing a weapon while committing sexual assault.
Being accused of a crime is always something to be taken seriously, but facing charges related to child-pornography certainly adds an additional layer of complexity. St. Louis residents facing charges for alleged sex offenses can take steps, however, to ensure that their impending criminal trial is fair.
A news story about a woman from the St. Louis area has gripped the country over the past few weeks. The story features allegations of sexual abuse and child endangerment.
Being listed on the Missouri sex offender registry undoubtedly has a lasting negative effect on a person's life. Employers may be unwilling to hire and landlords may be reluctant to rent to individuals who are required to take part in sex offender registration.
Police are alleging that a man from Jefferson County had child pornography saved on a video camera that the man had sent for repairs. The man was charged with sex offenses after the allegations were filed with law enforcement.
The associate pastor of the Cathedral Basilica in St. Louis, Missouri, has been charged in connection with alleged fondling of a minor in Lincoln County, Missouri.
A 24-year-old male psychiatric patient of a Creve Coeur, Missouri, hospital was arrested after a female patient there claimed that he raped her at the facility. The female patient, 19, told police that the rape occurred in a "quiet room" adjacent to a lounge on the floor where the hospital's behavioral health program is located. Police said that the two were being supervised in the lounge when they left separately. They were later found together in the quiet room, according to police.