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Cops’ tunnel vision can yield horrific investigative outcomes

The goal for any criminal defendant is obviously to be found not guilty of a crime.

Recently released study findings stress that suspects should also be just about as concerned that investigators never suspect guilt in the first place.

How has the Internet affected sex crimes probes, criminal charges?

In considering the above-posed question in today’s blog post headline, it might be reasonable to initially note the seismic effect that computers and the Internet have had on virtually every sphere of life.

Put another way: What hasn’t the Internet materially affected?

Notable complexities can attach to assault and battery charges

The core elements comprising criminal assault and battery are sufficiently intertwined yet different in material respects that getting a handle on what they're about routinely stymies legions of law school students. That is similarly true for even many experienced criminal defense attorneys.

We prominently note that subject-matter difficulty on our website at the established St. Louis criminal defense firm of Rosenblum Schwartz & Fry. We stress therein that, "Assault and battery charges can arise from a broad range of incidents that are often exceedingly complex."

Relevant query: Will First Step Act reforms yield notable benefits?

Don’t bet against it.

That might reasonably be sage advice for anyone asked to make a judgment call concerning whether recently enacted criminal justice reforms will make a sizable dent in the country’s troubling recidivism rate.

Bringing drugs into Missouri from Illinois is a federal crime

One of the benefits of living in the Saint Louis, Missouri, area is the fact that it doesn't take long to cross over into Illinois. However, the accessibility of a nearby state can prove somewhat dangerous for those with a desire for certain substances.

The possession of any prohibited drug is a criminal offense in both Illinois and Missouri. However, possession offenses typically wind up prosecuted by the state in which someone gets caught. If, however, authorities can prove that someone crossed from Illinois into Missouri or vice versa while in possession of a banned substance, that possession offense could become a federal crime instead of a state crime.

How a juvenile criminal offense could impact your child

Teenagers and young adults don't have fully formed frontal lobes. The part of the brain that may help people understand the consequences of their actions is still in the process of developing and maturing until people are in their mid-20s. In a way, it is particularly difficult for parents that the bodies of teenagers mature more quickly than their brains do.

Teens feel and even look like adults in some cases, but they don't yet think like adults. That could lead your child to make some decisions that have criminal consequences without duly considering the potential outcome of those mistakes.

High-profile case highlights police access to arrest records

Missouri is reportedly one of 25 American states to share a common attribute concerning a singular criminal law topic.

That is this, as noted in a recent national media piece: Police officers across the state have easy access to “dismissed or otherwise sealed records” that they can use to target select individuals in criminal investigations.

Report undercuts claims of civil asset forfeiture proponents

Any discussion of the police tactic/tool known as civil asset forfeiture might logically begin with a nod to its sheer magnitude. Reportedly, state and federal law enforcers have employed forfeiture against a ballpark figure of 10 million people across the United States The spoils they have reaped through doing so are inarguably impressive.

In fact, they are stunning in their dimensions. It is estimated that authorities have taken more than $50 billion from Americans via the forfeiture process.

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