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:
Becoming a rideshare driver for Uber is a great way to meet new people, make extra money, and be your own boss. Many people are drawn to this job because the requirements to be an Uber driver are not that difficult. In most cases, if you are 21 years old, have been a licensed driver […]
While there’s nothing wrong with having a few drinks, knowing your limits is essential. Impaired judgment behind the wheel can lead to an arrest, an accident, or worse, injury or death. If you’re planning on having even a couple of alcoholic beverages in one sitting, you should either have a designated driver or call a […]
A drug possession felony conviction on your criminal record can negatively impact several facets of your life. One mistake, one lapse of judgment, can create a lifetime of hurdles. Criminal records are like a stain on your life. Even if you regret your crime and have served your sentence. You’re a changed person now, but […]
Fourth Amendment rights are some of the most commonly litigated protections in the U.S. Constitution. The question that often arises is, “Can the police search my property?” According to your Fourth Amendment rights, your home and possessions are protected against unreasonable searches. But what exactly does that mean? If you’re ever involved in any criminal […]
Knowing exactly how to deal with the police is more important than ever. Your behavior and conduct during that moment can significantly affect how your case is handled. Although police misconduct does happen, the number-one thing you should do is comply with any orders given by law enforcement. Keep yourself and everyone around you safe. […]
Most judges require offenders to complete community service hours as a penalty for their DWI. Community service is a valuable punishment, as it requires someone who endangered those around them to give back to the community. Physical labor also helps ensure the offender doesn’t make the mistake of driving under the influence again. Many DUI and […]
When you obtain a driver’s license in Missouri, you give implied consent to submit to alcohol screening if an officer pulls you over on suspicion of DWI. If you refuse an alcohol or drug test when asked, you face a one-year administrative loss of your driver’s license. This suspension, known as a chemical revocation, is considered […]
With a zero-tolerance policy in place, an underage DWI in Missouri is often easier to prove than an adult DWI. The conviction can stay on the driver’s permanent record. Juvenile DWI laws in St. Louis are strict. While the punishment for the first offense may not seem substantial, the following penalties could be life-changing. You […]
The Constitution grants you the right to a speedy trial. The Sixth Amendment reads: “In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial….” But what does this actually mean to someone facing criminal charges? It’s essential to understand the constitutional guarantee and state-specific laws regarding a speedy trial to understand your […]
Will a DWI show up on a background check? After an alcohol-related run-in with law enforcement, the results of your background check may no longer look as clean as they once did. The data that these background checks produce often depends on why your records are getting checked and who is conducting the background check. […]
It’s not hard to imagine the panic you might feel if you were ever pulled over for DWI. From the moment you see those flashing lights in the rearview mirror, you know your life is about to change. It’s never a good situation to be in, but by remaining knowledgeable of your rights and exercising […]
What Happens to Your VA Benefits If You Go To Jail? Veterans Facing Criminal Charges If you are a veteran facing criminal prosecution, it’s essential to start thinking about and preparing for the repercussions this can have on your VA benefits. The Department of Veterans Affairs has the power to reduce or eliminate your VA […]
Getting behind the wheel while under the influence is never a good decision. Even if you think you haven’t consumed enough to hinder your driving ability, it is always better to play it safe and get a ride home from someone who hasn’t been drinking. Taking these precautions will help to keep you and those […]
It’s common for people to interchangeably use the terms stealing, burglary, and robbery. Although each charge often involves the unauthorized appropriation of another person’s property, they are distinct offenses with different definitions and penalties in Missouri. For example, you might hear someone say, “My house was robbed!” In legal terms, this usually translates to, “My […]
If there’s one thing you need to remember during an arrest, it’s that you have the right to remain silent. Regardless of the situation, once your rights are invoked, you do not have to say anything further. You will be given the opportunity to speak with your lawyer or have one appointed to you. Invoking […]
Missouri Domestic Violence Laws — Domestic Violence cases are complex and emotional processes for both the victim and the alleged abuser. In contrast to an ordinary assault, a domestic assault involves individuals that know each other, and are usually quite close. Whether it’s a family member, spouse, ex-spouse, or intimate partner — An altercation is […]
In the aftermath of a DWI conviction, you may have a lot of questions about what happens next. One of the most pressing questions for many facing a DWI conviction is how it will impact their return to daily life. The revocation of driving privileges can cause major disruptions to one’s life. The inability to […]
If you’re a typical driver, you get a bit frustrated when a police officer waves you through DWI Checkpoints. You comply because you have no choice. You talk to the officer and you show your license. You wait patiently while he sizes you up and sniffs your car for the scent of alcohol. If you’re […]
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 […]
Missouri is well-known for having strict drug laws. The penalties for breaking these laws will vary from one case to the next and will depend on the types of drug charges someone is facing. The Six Most Common Types of Drug Charges Possession of Marijuana The most common drug charge is Possession of Marijuana, which […]
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 […]
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.