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Rolla Woman Convicted of DWI; Persistent Offender

A Rolla, Missouri woman was recently found guilty of DWI Persistent Offender according to the Prosecuting Attorney for the case. In sentencing, the woman faces up to four years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.

The woman was arrested in September after being stopped for a lane violation and being asked to perform sobriety tests. Reports by law enforcement say that she had the smell of alcohol on her breath, along with other indicators of intoxication.

According to Missouri Statute, a Persistent Offender is one of the following:

a)      A person who has pleaded guilty to or has been found guilty of two or more intoxication-related traffic offenses;

b)      A person who has pleaded guilty to or has been found guilty of involuntary manslaughter pursuant to subdivision (2) or (3) of subsection 1 of section 565.024, assault in the second degree pursuant to subdivision (4) of subsection 1 of section 565.060, assault of a law enforcement officer in the second degree pursuant to subdivision (4) of subsection 1 of section 565.082

Missouri classifies DWI offenders based on the frequency and severity of their DWI offenses. If you or a loved one has been charged with one or more DWI’s, you need an aggressive St. Charles Defense Attorney to represent you. Convictions on these charges can carry prison sentences and hefty fines. An experienced DWI Lawyer like John Schleiffarth may be able to help you get your charges reduced and in some cases even dropped. Don’t waste time, you need representation.

Source:  therolladailynews.com, “Rolla woman convicted of DWI,” February 25, 2014.

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Missouri Woman Faces Felony Charges

A Missouri woman is charged with more than 12 felony counts. She is alleged to have written numerous bad checks on business checks for her day care company. She is also alleged to have taken extra debits from customers bank accounts, though it is reported that some have had their money returned.

In Missouri, if a person passes a bad check for the amount of $500 or more, they could be charged with a Class C Felony. Felony charges are serious matters that require experienced criminal defense. Convictions on a charge such as this can carry prison sentences up to 7 years and expensive fines. If you have been charged with Felony Check Fraud, you need an experienced St. Louis Defense Attorney to represent you. If you are convicted, you risk permanent damage to your record and possible difficulty finding a job. Don’t risk your future, get represented now.

Source:  fox2now.com, “Former daycare operator faces felony charges,” March 18, 2014.

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Several DWI Arrests Made by Police at Checkpoints

Two Missouri law enforcement agencies teamed up to make 11 DWI arrests recently. Over 270 vehicles were stopped as part of the checkpoint between 10pm and 2:50am. Several other arrests were made for Drug Possession and Driving while Suspended or Revoked. State grants make sobriety checkpoints like these possible.

While conducting sobriety checkpoints, law enforcement has specific guidelines they must follow. There are additional guidelines that come into play when they search a vehicle, perform standard field sobriety tests or make an arrest. Officers frequently make mistakes in following these guidelines and these mistakes could mean incorrect charges being brought upon an innocent individual.

Are you facing DWI charges as a result of a checkpoint? A St. Charles DWI Lawyer may be able to help you get your charges reduced or even dropped. Knowledgeable attorney’s like John Schleiffarth can review information regarding your arrest to see if law enforcement made any mistakes. There are critical parts of DWI Defense that are time sensitive and must be handled by an attorney right away. Do not wait, get representation immediately.

Source:  columbiatribune.com, “Police make 11 DWI arrests at checkpoints,” March 17, 2014.

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Mizzou Basketball Players Arrested For Possession Of Marijuana

Police pulled over a car with 4 individuals inside just after 11:32 pm because a light was out over the rear license plate. The officer states he smelled a strong odor of marijuana. Cigarettes found in the car allegedly field tested positive for marijuana. All for people in the car were arrested, issued summons and released.

Three of the men arrested during the traffic stop were basketball players for The University of Missouri. Allegations like these could lead to charges and sentences that could not only affect the immediate eligibility of these student athletes, but could also affect their future academic and career plans.

Charges such as Possession of Marijuana are serious charges that can have serious ramifications for college students and athletes. If you or someone you love has been caught with weed, you need an experienced defense lawyer to represent you. A St. Louis Drug defense lawyer like John Schleiffarth of JCS Law may be able to help you get charges reduced or even dropped.  These cases can involve illegal search, unlawful stops, drug dogs and overly aggressive cops. JCS Law can boldly and aggressively defend you and attack the State’s case against you.

Source:  Columbia Daily Tribune, “Clark, Rector suspended after marijuana arrest,” Steve Walentik, March 17, 2014.


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Missouri Woman faces assault and armed criminal action charges

A Missouri woman is facing charges for assault and armed criminal action after being accused of stabbing a male acquaintance. The alleged victim in the case stated that it was for “no real reason.” Family of the accused woman stated that she suffers from mental instability due to losing Medicaid and the medication it paid for.

Mental illness can hold serious weight in a properly laid defense. Attorney John Schleiffarth fights for the accused who suffer from mental illness. Charges like these have mandatory minimum prison sentences and need to be taken seriously.

If you or a loved one is facing armed criminal action charges in St. Charles County, it’s time to think serious about the defense. JCS Law has experience in defending clients being charged with serious crimes. Call St. Charles Attorney John Schleiffarth and get the bold and aggressive defense you deserve.

Source:  kfvs12news.com, “Scott City woman accused of stabbing man for ‘no real reason’,” March 20, 2014.

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Burglar Charged With Stealing Prescription Meds

A Jefferson County man was recently arrested at a woman’s home where he allegedly posed as a pest control company technician. He is accused of entering the woman’s apartment, asking her to run the water in her kitchen while he went into her bathroom. The woman states she later realized her prescription drugs were missing. The man was later charged with first-degree burglary and stealing.


Missouri Burglary charges are very serious and require a serious defense. If you have been charged with Burglary in Jefferson County JCS Law can help! Attorney John Schleiffarth fights Burglary charges in Missouri.  The Jefferson County Sheriff and other police agencies are getting more and more aggressive and the penalties are harsh, including prison. Don’t go without a bold and aggressive defense; call JCS Law to fight for you.


Source:  Daily Journal, “’Bug guy’ faces more charges,” March 20, 2014.

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Woman beats boyfriend with baseball bat

An Illinois woman is being charged with aggravated battery and unlawful possession of a controlled substance for accusations of beating her boyfriend with a baseball bat. Sherriff’s deputies were dispatched to the scene where a witness directed them to a near-by ditch. Police found the woman in a dispute with her alleged boyfriend who was bleeding from his nose and head. Police say the woman broke the rear windshield of his car before attacking him with a wooden baseball bat.

Tablets of alprazolam were also seized from her during the booking process.

Domestic violence charges are aggressively pursued by prosecutors and law enforcement alike. Many, because of this aggressive prosecution, become victims of false and embellished accusations. These accusations can lead to serious charges and sentences.

If you or someone you love is facing domestic violence charges, you need a St. Louis criminal defense attorney with experience to represent you. An aggressive domestic violence criminal attorney like John Schleiffarth of JCS Law can protect your rights.

Source: ksdk.com, “Woman accused of beating boyfriend with baseball bat,” Brandie Piper, March 3, 2014.

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Large number of MIP’s issued at Soulard Mardi Gras

According to St. Louis Metropolitan Police Chief Sam Dotson 61 arrests were made for minor in possession during Soulard Mardi Gras. There were also 71 summonses in all for various city ordinance violations, and 4 DWI arrests made as part of the police efforts.

Law enforcement agencies frequently saturate crowds at events like Soulard Mardi Gras and write numerous citations. Events like this include; concerts at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, parades downtown, sporting events, holiday festivities and other events in the St. Louis and St. Charles areas.

At events like this, law enforcement is required to follow specific standards under Missouri law in order to write a valid MIP ticket. Frequently police make errors and their police work does not meet these necessary standards. In cases such as these, a quality MIP lawyer in St. Louis may be able to have charges reduced or even dropped.

If you or a loved one has been ticketed by police and charged with a crime such as Minor in Possession, you need to act fast and protect your future. Charges such as these can carry serious sentences that could stain your record and hold hefty fines. An experienced criminal defense lawyer like John Schleiffarth will be able to find mistakes if they were made by police and may be able to help someone avoid serious penalties.

Source:  ksdk.com, “Police: 61 MIPs given during Soulard Mardi Gras,” Allison Sylte, March 2, 2014

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