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State v. A.G. — Felony Drug Possession Dismissed in St Charles County, Missouri

Posted by Gary J. Lauber on July 9, 2014

Oftentimes when drivers are stopped the police often ask to search your car.  Most people say yes out of fear that saying no makes them look guilty of something, even if they know the police will find drugs or something else illegal. Advice from a Missouri criminal lawyer: always be polite and politely say no,…

Legalization Of Weed In Colorado Has Not Eliminated The Black Market

Posted by Gary J. Lauber on April 8, 2014

Many people believe that crime is directly related to the illegal drug trade.  People tend to believe that since drugs in general are illegal that they lead to violent crime as people are are trying to get something in short supply.  Experts have been watching Colorado since small amounts of marijuana have been legalized to…

Supreme Court Allows DNA Collection In Important Criminal Case

Posted by Gary J. Lauber on August 16, 2013

In a close 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled that law enforcement officials ought to be permitted to take DNA from suspects who have been arrested, without first having to secure a warrant authorizing the DNA collection. The criminal law opinion was an important one according to many legal experts and has opened…

Missouri Number One In The Country (For Meth)

Posted by Gary J. Lauber on March 29, 2013

In a recent bit of news unlikely to be trumpeted by the state’s tourism office, Missouri earned the sad distinction of being home to the most meth labs of any state in the country in 2012. The statistics are compiled each year by the federal Drug Enforcement Agency which monitors the number of meth incidents…

Statute Of Limitations For Child Sex Abuse Poised For Change

Posted by Gary J. Lauber on March 15, 2013

Proposed legislation before the Missouri House could change the state’s longstanding statutes of limitations with regard to civil and criminal claims against those suspected of committing child sexual abuse. Currently, the law in Missouri, found in Missouri Revised Statutes 537.046, says that victims of child sexual abuse have a 10-year limit to file civil claims,…

Changes Proposed To Missouri Criminal Statutes

Posted by Gary J. Lauber on March 12, 2013

It’s been several decades since the last update was done to Missouri’s criminal statutes but it looks like the public won’t have to wait much longer for changes to be implemented. A substantial overhaul of the state’s existing criminal justice system is planned by legislators who recently floated a new bill before the General Assembly…

Recent St. Louis Crime Wave Targets Old Clunkers

Posted by Gary J. Lauber on March 10, 2013

According to a recent article in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, a rash of older vehicle car thefts has occurred in the city over the past several months. The reason, surprising as it may be, might be found in a recent change to Missouri law. The newspaper report traces the recent rise in older model car…

Class Action Suit Filed Against Officer Who Made Fake DUI Arrests

Posted by Gary J. Lauber on February 1, 2013

A shocking lawsuit was recently filed by citizens of Utah against a state highway patrol officer and her superiors after it was revealed that the trooper filed false DUI charges against potentially dozens of innocent drivers. The officer, Lisa Steed, was fired by the Utah Highway Patrol at the end of last year for misconduct…

Metal Scrap Theft Ring Targeting St. Louis Trash Bins

Posted by Gary J. Lauber on December 8, 2012

It must be true what they say; one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Though it may not sound particularly tragic, St. Louis is evidently gripped by an odd crime wave. The number of scrap metal thefts has skyrocketed across the city and thieves have their eyes on one very common piece of scrap: trash…

Two UMSL Students Arrested For Library Book Theft

Posted by Gary J. Lauber on December 5, 2012

Reports from the University of Missouri-St. Louis reveal that two not-so-esteemed students have been charged with library theft, a felony, after campus police say they stole about 70 books from the student library. Before you get excited thinking the two simply had an insatiable thirst for knowledge, it’s important to note that they stole the…

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