The Term “Felony Stealing” Has a Whole New Meaning in Missouri

Stealing has always been a crime in Missouri, but until this week, people charged with such crimes as stealing more than $500, or stealing items such as a car, credit card, or firearm, had to deal with a felony stealing charge. The enhancement from a misdemeanor stealing charge to a felony charge comes with all sorts of life-altering consequences that go far beyond the scope of this post. The point is, if you stole more than $500, or if you stole certain items that our legislature decided that you should never steal, you'd be facing a felony stealing charge. This all...

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If You Paid to Have a Warrant Recalled in St. Louis City, You May Soon Be Refunded

If you paid a "warrant cancellation" fee to recall a warrant in the St. Louis City Municipal Court between December 11, 2009 and February 16 of this year, check your mail for information regarding a possible refund. The refund is only a partial refund, and it is not automatic - there are steps you must take in order to claim it. More information about this can be found here. This is part of the post-Ferguson court reforms currently transpiring throughout our region, and it will only be a matter of time before other municipal courts offer similar refunds. We'll be...

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It May Soon Be Easier to Have Criminal Charges Expunged in Missouri

Compared to many other states, the laws regarding expungement and the sealing of criminal records in Missouri are very prohibitive. It is very difficult to have a serious criminal charge expunged in Missouri, and people must jump through many hoops and be very patient in their attempts to clear their criminal record. Because of this, many people with criminal records have a hard time landing a job or finding housing. This may soon change. Last week a bill was passed in both houses in Jefferson City that will make it easier for people to have their charges expunged. Most importantly,...

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