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Monthly Archives: July 2014

FBI agent to Appear in court for misdemeanor charges

A Fulton man who is an FBI agent and member of the Boone County Sheriff’s Department Cyber Crimes Task Force will appear in court next week on misdemeanor assault charges that alleges he choked someone and caused them to lose consciousness. 

Misdemeanor charges may not be as serious as felony charges but can still have serious implications when it comes to your criminal record and future education and employment opportunities.

Fines for a misdemeanor may be up to $1000 and prison sentences could be upto 1 year. If you or a loved one have been criminally charged with a misdemeanor offense, you need to hire an experienced St. Louis criminal defense lawyer to handle your case. JCS Law handles misdemeanor charges throughout the St. Louis area as well as Felony charges throughout Missouri.

Call JCS Law today for a free consultation on your case. 314-561-9690

 

Source: ksdk.com, “FBI Agent to Appear in Court on Misdemeanor Charge,” July 25, 2014

 

 

Kevin S. Webb II Joins JCS Law

Kevin S. Webb IIWe are pleased to have Attorney Kevin Webb join our firm. Kevin joins as an associate attorney and will be a great addition to the JCS Law team.

Kevin focuses his practice on the criminal defense and other concerns of local St. Louis citizens. He has represented individuals and local businesses in the St. Louis area. Prior to joining JCS Law, Kevin ran his own practice. He earned his J.D. in 2013 from Washington University School of Law.

Welcome Kevin!

Repeat DWI offender gets 15 years in prison

A 56 year old man from Eureka, Missouri has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for repeat DWI. The man was has had 3 previous DWI convictions in 1992, 1997 and 1998.

In Missouri, repeat DWI offenders are categorized based on how many DWI’s they have received. A person who has received multiple DWI’s in Missouri is classified as one of the following:

  • Aggravated offender
  • Chronic offender
  • Persistent offender
  • Prior offender

Section 577.023 of Missouri’s Revised Statutes outlines the requirements for these classifications. Each additional DWI may bring more serious charges and with them more severe consequences.

If you or a loved one is facing repeat DWI charges in the St. Louis area, you need an experienced DWI Lawyer to fight for you in court. Police often make mistakes in their investigation of a DWI including the administration of Standard Field Sobriety Tests. A law firm like JCS Law may be able to get charges reduced or even dropped depending on the facts of the case. Call JCS Law today for a free consultation, 314-561-9690.

 

Source: kmov.com, “Repeat drunk-driver sentenced to 15 years in prison,” Adam McDonald, July 20, 2014

 

 

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Two people charged after fleeing a traffic stop

A man and woman are facing charges after alegedly fleeing from police during a traffic stop. Police say they pulled the two over for a traffic citation, and noticed the two switching positions in the car. The male who is alleged to have been driving before the stop was found not to have a valid drivers license. When the officer tried to arrest the male, the female accelerated away from the officer. A chase ensued and the suspects were later tracked down.

Driving without a license and resisting arrest are crimes that can have serious consequences. If you or someone you love is facing similar charges, you need to call an experienced criminal defense and traffic lawyer to represent you. JCS Law is bold and aggressive in defending its clients in court. They may be able to get your charges reduced or even dropped depending on the circumstances of your case.

Call JCS Law for a free consultation regarding your case. 314-561-9690

 

Source: ksdk.com, “Two charged for fleeing traffic stop,” Brandie Piper, July 7, 2014

 

 

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Law Makers Propose new restrictions Making Interlock Mandatory for all DWI Offenders

Ignition Interlock | DWI Lawyer St. Louis

St. Louis area drivers might be interested to know about a new proposal in the U.S. House of Representatives. Law makers have proposed new requirements for drunk drivers, the proposal would require all those convicted of a DWI offense to have ignition interlock installed in their car.

Ignition interlock is a device that measures blood alcohol levels each time the driver gets in their car to drive. Each state has its own requirements when it comes to these devices. Right now, Missouri only requires interlock for repeat offenders.

Ignition interlock is only one of many different penalties a person may face as a result of DWI charges. However, in order for a person to be convicted of a DWI in Missouri, there needs to be sufficient evidence. An experienced DWI lawyer in St. Louis may be able to have charges reduced, or even dropped depending on the evidence in the case.

If you or a loved one is facing charges of DWI or another alcohol related driving offense, you need representation today to protect your driving privileges. JCS Law defends those charged with DWI in St. Louis and around Missouri. Call 314-561-9690 today to schedule a free consultation to review your case.

 

Source: fourstateshomepage.com, “Missouri Lawmakers Propose New Ignition Interlock Requirements,” July 8, 2014

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Community Garden Shed Robbed in St. Louis

Stealing Lawyer St. LouisA shed containing more than 35 tools for cultivating a city garden was broken in to and robbed recently. Police say the thieves climbed over a fence and broke a padlock on the shed to gain entry. There has been no arrests made in the investigation.

If someone is accused of a crime similar to this, they may be charged with a number of different crimes including stealing and property damage. Because the value of the property stolen in this case is more than $500, a person would likely be charged with felony.

Charges like these can have lasting effects on a persons ability to gain employment or pursue education. Do not wait, call an experienced criminal defense attorney in St. Louis today. JCS Law helps people facing felony or misdemeanor stealing charges. Call for a free consultation on your case. 314-561-9690

Source: ksdk.com, “Thieves steal tools from STL community garden,” John Henry, July 11, 2014

 

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Missouri Man Sentenced to 5 years for DWI Wreck

 

A St. Louis County man was sentenced to 5 years in prison for a fatal 2012 car accident that killed a South St. Louis County woman.

Police alleged that the man ran a red light and broadsided the other car killing the woman. He was arrested at the scene and later blood was drawn. He was found to have had a BAC of .12%.

In Missouri, the legal limit for blood alcohol is .08%. If you are charged with DWI as a part of an accident that kills another person, you may be charged with manslaughter, which is a felony.

DWI manslaughter charges are serious and require a serious defense. John Schleiffarth of JCS Law has experience in handling felony DWI cases. Call today for a free consultation on your case. 314-616-4879

Source: stltoday.com, “Bosnian Driver in Fatal St. Louis County DWI Wreck Gets Prison  Time, May be Deported,” June 20, 2014

 

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Understanding Vandalism Charges

If you or or a loved one is charged with vandalism in the St Louis area, whether it be tagging or graffiti or defacing property, the result can be serious charges and severe penalties. If damage resulting from the vandalism is bad enough, you can face steep fines, a criminal record, jail time and even time in state prison.

Many do not realize that parents of minors are financially responsible for the damage that their children cause.  Parents of minors charged with vandalism or tagging need to hire an experienced St Louis criminal defense lawyer to handle their case.

Types of Vandalism

  • Carving into a piece of glass or wood such as a table, chair, desk or bench with a knife or any other tool
  • Breaking windows or doors
  • Tagging with markers or paint
  • Damaging somebody else’s property including mailboxes, cars, plants, lawn or other personal property with intent

Difference Between Misdemeanor & Felony Vandalism

For a person to be found guilty of vandalism prosecutors must prove that they maliciously intended to damage or deface personal property of another person.

Charges of Misdemeanor or Felony depend of the severity of the damage caused. Typically damage under the amount of $750 is considered a misdemeanor while damage of $750 and over is considered a felony.

Acts of vandalism will automatically be felonies if they are proved to be “hate crimes.”

An experienced criminal defense attorney can help you understand your case as well as help you get the best possible result in court. In some cases, your case may even be dropped if there is not enough evidence.

 

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How high is too high?

St. Louis DWI Drugs Lawyer

Missouri Law

In Missouri, there is no separate DWI/DUI statute for drug impairment, and instead, driving under the influence of drugs is included in the DWI statute, §577.010.  Intoxication in Missouri is described as any intoxication that in any manner impairs the ability of a person to operate a motor vehicle is sufficient to sustain a conviction for DWI under §577.010

Intoxication by Marijuana

You can receive a DWI for driving under the influence of Marijuana in Missouri. In fact, there is no “legal limit” for drug consumption. This means law enforcement does not need to prove that you had any certain amount of drugs in your system to charge you with DWI Drugs. If you have drugs or paraphernalia in your car, you may also be charged with possession of a controlled substance.

Can Marijuana really impair my driving?

The cells that carry out brain functions are called neurons. The communication of these neurons is carried out on neurotransmitters, the path of communication. Neurons have receptors that are specific to neurotransmitters. When THC enters the brain, it can mimic or block neurotransmitters and effect normal functions of the brain. Studies have shown that THC found in Marijuana can alter the mind in the following ways:

  • Impairs short-term memory
  • Impairs attention, judgment, and other cognitive functions
  • Impairs coordination and balance
  • Increases heart rate
  • Psychotic episodes

Although evidence from marijuana use and intoxication is limited, right now it can be considered a mind altering drug and can warrant an arrest and charges for DWI Drugs.

So in conclusion, there is no definitive answer to the question, “How high is too high?” If a law enforcement officer believes you are “intoxicated” by marijuana, he can arrest you and charge you with DWI drugs in Missouri. If you have been charged with DWI Drugs in Missouri, call JCS Law today for a free consultation on your case. 314-561-9690

 

Sources: http://www.drugabuse.gov/, http://www.moga.mo.gov/

 

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