MoDOT Launching 4/20 Impaired Driving Crackdown

MoDOT announced this week that it is launching its first-ever drugged-driving enforcement campaign. This weekend, the agency claims that law enforcement "will be out in full force" to crack down on drivers who appear to be under the influence of drugs. MoDOT says 78 people were killed in 2018 in crashes where at least one driver was drug-impaired. If you plan on partaking in festivities this weekend, please do so responsibly.

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Changes to Missouri’s Sex Offender Laws

Late last month, Missouri tweaked its laws regarding its Sex Offender Registry. While the new laws require Registered Sex Offenders to check in with law enforcement more often to update their contact information, the aspect of the law most favorable to those on the registry is the new “tier” system that separates sex offenses based on their severity. The new law also allows for Registered Sex Offenders to petition the court to have their names removed from the Registry after a certain period of time. It is now possible for people convicted of non-violent sexual offenses to have their names...

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Cops Now Need A Warrant For Your Phone Location

Last Friday the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that law enforcement must obtain a warrant to discover your cell phone location information. In keeping up with the digital age in which nearly everyone has a smartphone, the Supreme Court said that searching your phone is no different than searching your car or your house; you have a 4th Amendment right to privacy which can only be breached with a warrant. Read the full story here, and the Court's full opinion here.

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