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 Warent 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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How Do I Set Aside A Guilty Plea

People plead guilty to criminal charges without an attorney all the time. Either because they cannot afford an attorney to represent them, or they’re convinced that what they’re charged with is so minor that it won’t affect them and therefore isn’t worth paying to hire an attorney. But many of these people find out down the road that, because they’ve pleaded guilty, they’ve been rejected from a job they applied to, or have been denied an apartment lease, or have received a Notice of Suspension from the Department of Revenue informing them that they’ve acquired too many points on their...

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