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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Can States Make it a CRIME to Refuse a Breathalyzer?

That is the question before the U.S. Supreme Court, as 3 drivers charged with drunk driving were also with the separate crime of violating their states’ “No Refusal Law”. Missouri is in the vast majority of states which have so such law that says it’s a separate crime to refuse to take a breathalyzer. But the drivers in the case now before the Supreme Court are from North Dakota and Minnesota, two of thirteen states which currently have “No Refusal” laws on the books. You may recall this blog discussing a similar case before the Supreme Court (in 2012) featuring...

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