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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Caught With Under 100 Grams of Weed in St. Louis?

If so, you will likely NOT be charged by the STL Circuit Attorney's Office. This is according to an email sent by Circuit Attorney Kim Gardener to her staff, in which she said that prosecuting nearly all marijuana possession charges "are hampering our ability to administer justice for the people of the City of St. Louis." According to this policy, as long as there are no "aggravating circumstances", all charges of possession under ONE HUNDRED GRAMS will be dismissed. What the Circuit Attorney means by "aggravating circumstances" is not clear. And it should be noted that possession of marijuana is...

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