DUI Checkpoints May Be Kept Out of Missouri’s 2018 Budget

Lawmakers are in Jeff City this week finalizing our State's budget for 2018. Last week, the House released a plan that would have banned the use of state funds going to DUI checkpoints. The Senate then quickly removed the language from the bill that would take the funding away. Now, lawmakers must decide whether to include funds before the May 5 budget deadline. Proponents of removing MODOT funds for checkpoints point out that, on average, it costs our State $1100 per drunk driver arrested at a checkpoint. They feel that "saturation patrols" - teams of officers on patrol looking for...

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Missouri’s New Criminal Code: A Brief Rundown

For the first time in 40 years, there is a new criminal code in the State of Missouri. There are a lot of changes, way more than can be quickly summarized in a blog post. These changes have been in the works for nearly a decade, and they became law on January 1. Here are some of the key changes: There is now a "Class E" Felony, punishable by up to 4 years in prison and a $5,000 fine. 1st-offense possession (of 10 grams or less) of marijuana is now a "Class D" Misdemeanor, which carries no possibility of jail...

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Deadline for Claiming your Jennings Warrant Fee Refund is Next Week

If you are one of the nearly 7,000 people who was illegally charged a “warrant cancellation fee” by the Jennings Municipal Court between 2009 and 2014, you have until next Friday (10/28/16) to file your claim. You can file the claim here. Instructions on how and where to send the claim can be found here, and your claim must be postmarked by 10/28 or you will be disqualified from your award. You can read the entire settlement agreement filed by the Arch City Defenders against one of our area’s most infamous municipal courts here.

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