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The ground floor to support further federal sentencing reforms?

If you’re a Missouri advocate of criminal law reforms who perceives it as a fully realized, can’t-be-improved piece of legislation, you’re going to be disappointed.

Conversely, if you view it as baby steps that will eventually morph into purposeful strides, well, then, you’ve likely got something.

“Add-on” element of wire fraud can escalate criminal charges

Individuals who are targeted by state and federal investigative teams in white collar criminal probes might reasonably want to take quick notice of any reference to wire fraud.

Here’s why, as we note on our website at the long-tenured St. Louis criminal defense law firm of Rosenblum Schwartz & Fry: Wire fraud (and mail fraud as well) “is a common ‘add-on’ to other criminal charges.”

Potential defenses to domestic violence accusations

False claims of domestic violence can have an extremely detrimental impact on the life of the accused. It can lead to a criminal record and the revocation of visitation rights if the accused is a parent. Additionally, it can damage a person's reputation and limit their job opportunities.

This is why it is so important to make sure that you adequately defend yourself against accusations of domestic violence. By understanding how this can be realistically done, you will be better equipped to take the appropriate action based on your individual circumstances. The following are some common defenses to domestic violence accusations.

Missouri’s medical marijuana program details begin to emerge

Missouri has long garnered the image of a state where actions speak louder than words. The state’s celebrated “Show Me” motto signifies a populace that favors the full vetting of a given concept well in advance of applying it.

Take the legalization of medical marijuana, for instance. There are of course many advocates of a formal medical pot scheme in the state, and they have been aggressively pushing their agenda for years.

Lock-up alternative strategies spotlighted in St. Louis County

Just make an informed judgment after doing the math, say St. Louis County advocates of alternative-to-incarceration strategies for select low-level criminal offenders.

The numbers virtually speak for themselves. Reportedly, it costs taxpayers about $25,000 a year to pay the jail-linked costs for a county inmate with an opioid or related substance abuse problem. Conversely, that individual can be treated on an out-patient basis in a rehabilitation setting for a scant $3,500.

Questions loom in wake of MO medical pot law’s passage

Missouri voters approved legislation last autumn providing for a medical marijuana program in the state.

The new law hardly came with a proven blueprint for success attached. Indeed, and as steadily recurring news stories indicate, the proverbial kinks are still being worked out. The regulatory scheme is multilayered and complex. Time will tell.

White collar crime: dive down into tougher proposed legislation

Any claim that state and federal investigative efforts into white collar crime are lax when compared with other criminal realms has long been debunked. White collar malfeasance in Missouri and nationally has in fact been a major focus of authorities for several years running.

We prominently note in our Rosenblum Schwartz & Fry May 10 blog post that there is a “spotlight on corporate wrongdoing, specifically executives’ alleged acts of financial fraud.” Public opinion broadly perceives that entry-level and intermediate-tier employees are routinely punished for alleged acts of white collar wrongdoing, while their bosses escape criminal culpability.

Already spotlighted criminal sphere now receives even closer focus

There’s no question that the legal realm of white collar crime has received progressively more attention in recent years in Missouri and nationally. That has been especially true since the meltdown of the nation’s financial markets a few short years ago.

The aftermath of that frightful scare put a marked spotlight on corporate wrongdoing, specifically executives’ alleged acts of financial fraud. A growing public sentiment over the past decade has coalesced around a belief that, while rank-and-file company workers (e.g., lower-level employees and middle managers) are being held accountable for wrongdoing, their bosses are escaping liability.

Carrying a knife for work or sport could cause criminal charges

There are so many reasons why people who live in Missouri might need to carry a knife. Some people carry a knife because they need it for work. Others just appreciate the convenience of having a knife on hand to cut packaging or perform other small tasks. Still others carry knives because hunting is one of their pastimes.

Many people put knives in their pockets without really thinking about it. However, doing so could leave you vulnerable to criminal charges in Missouri. You need to take steps to ensure that you comply with all state laws regarding the possession and concealment of weapons if you intend to go out in public with a knife on your person.

Commanding attention: public release of police misconduct records

This study will likely resonate.

Lots of research efforts focus on police practices and performance across the United States. Collectively speaking, there are unquestionably hundreds of thousands -- if not millions -- of pages devoted to that subject matter online and on library shelves.

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