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Just how widespread, concerning is teen sexting?

We know that our teenage sons and daughters are works in progress. We love them without bounds, of course, yet know that they have some work to do en route to negotiating those not-quite-adult-yet years.

They sometimes act rashly, without due regard for consequences. That is, they explore and, in doing so, sometimes make mistakes. We did, too, right? That’s part of what living through and transcending those teen years is all about. We state on our website at Rosenblum Schwartz & Fry that, “A big part of growing up is about trial and error and learning from those experiences.”

Appeals court: judge must guard against bias, not promote it

Imagine yourself as a defendant in this hypothetical. You are seated before a judge who suddenly informs you that he wouldn’t want to share a fox hole with you because you would “fold like a cheap suit.” The court then follows up that utterance with synonyms characterizing you as “lazy,” “arrogant” and “self-seeking.” He tops off that collective description by stating that you “symbolize everything that’s wrong with the world.”

After hearing that assessment of your attributes and character, might you have just a bit of trepidation regarding the upcoming details of your sentencing outcome?

Focus on IRS CI Division, its role in investigating financial crime

The IRS might look a bit skeletal these day when compared to prior years. The agency formerly commanded a bigger budget and could routinely assign high numbers of special agents to cases involving financial crimes.

The nation’s paramount tax crimes investigatory and enforcement arm readily concedes that it is not as deep-pocketed and well-staffed as it used to be. Nonetheless, it sends out warning signals cautioning would-be wrongdoers to think twice about trying to advantage of a perceived weakness.

Anyone convicted of a Missouri drug crime could lose their assets

Facing any kind of drug crime in Missouri is a frightening prospect. After all, Missouri has relatively conservative laws and citizens, meaning that your jury will likely have strong opinions about drug offenses.

It is terrifying consider the potential impact of a drug conviction on your future. The consequences of a conviction will likely include jail time, fines, a criminal record and even the loss of your assets. Missouri has a civil asset forfeiture law that allows law enforcement to seize any property that they allege was either used in the commission of a drug offense or purchased with money obtained by committing drug crimes.

Bipartisan sentencing overhaul moving toward enactment

There is a discernible clamor of excitement on Capitol Hill this week, which is manifestly surprising owing to its sense of bipartisan hopefulness.

What is bringing a customarily divided American Congress together in a notable way is the ongoing momentum of an authored Senate bill termed The First Step Act. That legislation has a strong spotlight on it presently and a clear tailwind behind it as it moves seemingly ever closer to President Trump's desk for his endorsement and passage into law.

Missouri voters legalize medical marijuana in limited fashion

Missouri opponents of marijuana cultivation, possession or use to any degree needn't fear that a seminal legal change occurring yesterday will transform the state into a virtual Woodstock.

Here's what happened: State voters passed so-called Amendment 2, ushering in a new legitimacy for pot growing and personal use.

Grant money targets St. Louis County criminal law reforms

The Macarthur Foundation has noted the willingness of St. Louis County officials to implement criminal law reforms aimed at reducing prison costs and providing behind-bars alternatives to more offenders.

That deep-pocketed private organization spearheaded a program called Safety and Justice Challenge back in 2015. Since then, it has awarded select cities and counties nationally with approximately $150 million to “change the way America thinks about and uses jails.” St. Louis County was an original grant recipient of the initiative.

Most people do not get proper treatment for drug addiction

You got hooked on painkillers after going in for surgery, and you just could not shake it. Your doctors kept giving you opioids. They worked to dull the pain while you healed, but you found out after the fact that you were now seriously addicted.

You're not alone. Some have said that painkillers and opioid addiction have reached epidemic proportions in the United States. These often-legal drugs are ruining lives and pushing people into illegal actions they would never consider otherwise. For instance, people who can no longer get opioids from their doctors may buy them on the street to feed this addiction, even though they honestly wish they could stop.

MO sex offender registration: it’s not just about abstract stats

Sex offender-linked numbers and statistics in Missouri can seem a bit muddied and impersonal, with human stories sometimes being muted (victims’ tales, of course, but sometimes those of convicted offenders as well) in lieu of an emphasis on reams of numerical data.

Missouri has always been a state where criminal law powers have come down hard on offenders, even in some instances where crimes were not even remotely linked with sexual conduct.

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