The U.S. Department of Justice, along with state and local law enforcement have been busy here in St. Louis recently. Over the last three months, approximately 162 people were arrested and charged with a variety of violent crimes, including gang activity and murder. Now, several people here in the city face charges.
It is probable that when most St. Louis residents think of the word "manslaughter" they think of the killing of someone with a weapon such as a gun, knife or some other lethal instrument. One lethal instrument they may not consider when it comes to violent crimes such as this one is a motor vehicle. Even so, drivers accused of impairment and causing an accident involving a death could face charges for involuntary manslaughter.
There are many types of evidence that can be submitted in a criminal trial, including the results from scientific testing. A wide-range of scientific methods are used to gain information from the evidence collected at the crime scene. The problem lies in the fact that not all forensic testing methods are scientifically validated. That means that the tests are not proven to yield accurate and reliable results. This can potentially lead to the wrong person being convicted of a crime he or she did not commit.
As a Missouri resident facing a criminal charge, it may unnerve you to hear that there were witnesses present when the incident occurred who plan to speak out about what they believe they saw. It may unnerve you even further, however, to know just how often eyewitness accounts wind up being inaccurate.
When you have a Missouri criminal charge hanging over your head, it is completely understandable that you may feel anxious about the penalties you could potentially face if convicted. Hefty fines, jail stints and similar penalties are just some of what you might face, should a judge or jury convict you of a crime, and your trouble may not necessarily end there. At Frank, Juengel & Radefeld, Attorneys at Law, we understand that you may, too, face what are known as “collateral consequences” in the wake of a criminal conviction, and we have helped many state residents facing criminal charges defend themselves appropriately.
Our blog covers a number of topics related to assault, but every case is different and some people find themselves in especially frustrating and complicated situations. For example, some people are falsely accused of assault, and even though these charges may be based on lies, the consequences can be dire if the case is not approached properly. We will look into some of the reasons behind false allegations of assault as well as the way in which those facing charges may want to handle their circumstances.
Getting arrested in Missouri is not a good situation to begin with, but once you are under arrest, you may be subjected to uncomfortable situations. These include strip searches, fingerprinting and DNA collection. You may wonder about the last thing. Can your DNA be taken after an arrest? Yes, it is perfectly legal for law enforcement to collect your DNA upon arrest, according to NPR.
Most adults in St. Louis may likely be able to look back on a time when they were young, immature and did not enjoy the same perspective that years of experience have taught them. If asked, they might say that the mistakes that they made were not serious enough to jeopardize their futures, and even if they had encountered such problems, they would have hoped that whoever was tasked with holding them accountable would have taken their immaturity into account. Such is the problem that may be commonly encountered with young offenders: the need exists to ensure that they pay for their crimes, yet few want to see that punishment derail what could turn out to be a promising future.
A proven criminal defense legal team takes a broad-based view in its client representation, knowing that the alleged "facts" aren't always as they seem and that there are two sides to every story.
When perpetrators of violent crimes in Missouri are caught and under scrutiny, they often face significant charges depending on the severity of their offense. Consequences may range from fines and restitution to a prison sentence that requires a perpetrator to serve many, many years behind bars. In some instances, courts may require offenders to take an anger management course to help them learn how to control their emotions in a way that is healthy, safe and non-destructive.