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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, 2017. 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...


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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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Several Key Provisions of Municipal Court Reform Bill Struck Down

Yesterday, a circuit court judge in Cole County (Jefferson City) struck down provisions of Senate Bill 5. I’ve written about Senate Bill 5 a few times before, and I believe it’s a very positive bit of legislation that will – and already has – cleaned up many of the shadiest municipal courts in the St. Louis area. But the “Municipal Court Reform” bill has come under fire since the beginning, and yesterday was the culmination of a long and well-coordinated effort to have it repealed. The Plaintiffs in this suit, exclusively small North County municipalities who exist almost solely due...


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