Rose Legal Services Blog

At Rose Legal Services, we think it is imperative that we keep our clients and potential clients up to date on the climate of criminal law in St. Louis. Check out our blog, featuring the latest updates on criminal law: 

June 2, 2020

Insurance fraud is a form of stealing, and it is illegal in every state.  Occasionally such cases are prosecuted in federal court (where sentences tend to be much longer), such as when the losses are large and transactions occurred across state lines, like prepaid funeral scams, or fraud involving federal insurance programs like Medicare.  But […]

April 17, 2020

Possession of Marijuana The most common drug charge is Possession of Marijuana, which is a misdemeanor, up to a certain amount (the amount varies by state).  Possession of Marijuana is gradually being decriminalized, state by state.  Even in states where it is not yet decriminalized, the penalty is often just a fine.  Nonetheless, it remains […]

April 16, 2020

States suspend driver’s licenses for all kinds of reasons.  People generally expect that a driver’s license can be suspended for driving-related issues, like Driving While Intoxicated, refusing to submit to a breath or blood test when arrested for Driving While Intoxicated or accumulating too many points (or moving violations).  But did you know that 41 states […]

February 26, 2020

It is one of the most common questions asked of a DWI attorney: “If I am arrested for DWI, should I blow?” The number of drinks that would put a person’s BAC above .08% depends on their weight, sex, age, metabolic rate, recent food intake, and medications.

February 4, 2020

Arraignment is a serious affair that can determine whether an individual walks free, or faces full criminal proceedings and maximum penalties. Having solid legal representation can ultimately impact the time, cost, and punishments involved.

December 16, 2019

Vehicular manslaughter (also known as vehicular homicide) is defined as “the crime of causing the death of a human being due to illegal driving of an automobile, including gross negligence, drunk driving, reckless driving or speeding.” The victim may be a bystander, pedestrian, cyclist, motorist in another vehicle, or even a passenger inside the offender’s vehicle.

Getting pulled over for a temporary lapse in better driving judgment happens to the best of us and it is certainly no one’s favorite experience. Though the roadside police encounter may feel like hours, most general traffic stops only last a few minutes.

December 5, 2019

If you’re ever busted for going a little heavy on the gas pedal, you’ve probably wondered—once you’ve stopped grinding your teeth and beating the steering wheel in frustration—how it will affect your permanent record. Depending on where you are, it can get a little confusing as to whether or not speeding is a misdemeanor or just an infraction.

Conversationally, it’s not uncommon for the terms “attorney” and “lawyer” to be viewed as synonymous to one another. But have you ever wondered what the difference is between an attorney and a lawyer? Though common, is it technically accurate to use the two terms interchangeably?

November 11, 2019

A “hung jury,” also known as a “deadlocked jury,” is a jury whose members are unable to agree on a verdict by the required voting margin after extensive deliberations, resulting in a mistrial. It is up to the judge to determine whether the jury is “hung” or “deadlocked,” and the judge will make such a finding if he or she determines that further deliberations are unlikely to produce a verdict.

To prove a case of murder or manslaughter, the government must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant unlawfully killed another human being. The difference in manslaughter vs. murder is intent, which is the distinguishing characteristic of all homicides.

October 1, 2019

Collateral consequences are legal, economic, and social sanctions and restrictions imposed on individuals with criminal records. They are “collateral” in the sense that they are not part of the judgment or sentence in a criminal case, like prison, jail, fines, or probation.

August 21, 2019

Governor Mike Parsons signed S.B.1 on July 9, 2019, which makes four new offenses eligible for expungement: Stealing, Property Damage 1st Degree, Possession of a Forging Instrumentality, and Fraudulent Use of a Credit-Debit Device.

August 15, 2019

At Rose Legal Services in St. Louis, MO, we recently won a felony case in St. Charles County Circuit Court based on Missouri’s new Good Samaritan Law. Our client was a young man in his 20s who has struggled with addiction for years, seeking treatment and relapsing several times.

July 3, 2019

Missouri made several significant changes to its expungement laws that became effective January 1, 2018. Many people with criminal records in Missouri are now eligible for expungement, even if they were not previously eligible.

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