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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How Do I Get Placed In A Different SATOP Class?

We often receive phone calls from DUI clients who are panicked and confused after they go for their SATOP assessment. While most first time DUI offenders get assigned to the Offender Education Program (OEP) class, we have found that SATOP testing centers in the St. Louis region are increasingly recommending the more intensive level of SATOP. These levels include the Weekend Intervention Program (WIP), and, surprisingly, the very intense Clinical Intervention Program (CIP). The Missouri Department of Mental health defines the CIP level of SATOP as "an outpatient treatment program designed specifically for persistent DWI offenders, or those identified during...

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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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