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Woman facing drug and murder charges after another woman dies of overdose

A Ralls County Missouri woman faces three felony charges in her connection with the death of a 47 year old woman also from Ralls County.

Allegedly the defendant delivered heroin to the home of the woman, and in the perpetuation of the felony, the woman was killed by heroin overdose. As a result, the accused woman is being charged with I Delivery of a controlled substance, a Class B felony; II Involuntary manslaughter in the first degree, a Class C felony; and III Murder in the second degree, a Class A felony.

If you or someone you love is being charged with serious crimes such as these. You need an aggressive attorney to represent you boldly. Laws regarding the distribution of drugs and death(s) as a result of those drugs are complicated. You need an attorney with experience in handling and winning these types of cases. A quality St. Louis Criminal Defense Lawyer may be able to help you get charges dropped.

Source: Hannibal Courier-Post, “Schalk facing felony murder in the second degree charge”, Mary Lou Montgomery, January 8, 2014

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Father goes to prison for crash that killed son

DWI Manslaughter AccidentA Missouri man received four separate seven-year prison sentences for his involvement in a traffic accident that killed his 3-year-old son and injured four other people. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol crash report, the man’s eastbound Toyota crossed the center line and collided with a westbound 2005 Ford Explorer. A Chevrolet Impala struck the Explorer after the initial collision. In addition to his son’s death, four people involved in the crash were injured.

According to Missouri State Highway Patrol, the man was observed after the accident “…stumbling around and had the strong odor of an intoxicating beverage emitting from him …His speech was slurred and he spoke slow.”

The man refused a breath test so The Highway Patrol seized a blood sample under exigent circumstances, meaning troopers had no warrant with which to search him or obtain his blood. The sample taken approximately 2 hours after the crash showed him having a blood alcohol content of .067, however a blood sample taken by the hospital 33 minutes after the crash showed him with a blood alcohol content of .102 which is higher than the legal limit of .08 in Missouri.

In tragic circumstances such as these, someone being accused of DWI Manslaughter needs an attorney that can aggressively defend their client who is already suffering consequences of his own. An aggressive and experienced Missouri DWI defense lawyer can fight your case by challenging probable cause, evidence, how sobriety tests were performed and a great deal of other ways depending on your case.

There are mistakes made in investing accidents such as these, a quality DWI and criminal defense lawyer will find these mistakes and use them to effectively defend their client.

Source: KSDK.com, Missouri father gets prison terms for crash that killed son”, Rance Burger, Jan 7, 2014

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Man charged with Felony DWI and 2nd-Degree Assault

wrecked carPolice say a man was headed eastbound on I-270 when he lost control of his 2001 Grand Prix and struck a 2000 Ford Explorer, causing it to roll over.

After being taken into custody by police, the man was charged with Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) and 2nd-Degree Felony Assault.

You or a loved one may find yourself in a situation similar to this. When you do, a quality criminal defense attorney may be able to help. Often times law enforcement officers make mistakes when investigating these types of accidents. A good DWI and Criminal Defense Attorney may be to find these mistakes and make sure they don’t effect you negatively in court. A good lawyer may even be able to have charges dropped if enough mistakes were made by law enforcement.

Source: KMOV.com, “Man charged with DWI, assault after wreck shuts down I-270 for hours“, Stephanie Baumer and Brendan Marks, December 18, 2013

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Mom arrested for DWI after fireworks ignite in car

Police arrested a woman on suspicion of DWI involving drugs after fireworks ignited inside her car causing an accident that injured her and her two sons. Police allege she was impaired after taking prescription medication. She was also arrested on suspicion of second-degree assault and child endangerment.

The Missouri Highway Patrol said someone in the vehicle apparently lit firecrackers and bottle rockets inside their 2008 GMC Acadia while heading north on I-270 near Clayton Road.

Koriath, 43, of Manchester, lost control of the vehicle. It went off the right side of the road, hitting a guardrail and two road signs. The inside of the van burned up.

An attorney with criminal defense experience could help this woman or any individual facing similar charges prepare and present a defense in court. The attorney could examine the details of the case and make a recommendation that suggest the focus of the defense should be on fighting against a conviction or negotiating for a plea deal that reduces the charges and the possible sentence. In some cases, convictions seem more likely and an attorney can decided if working towards a good plea deal is the best strategy for their client.

Source: STL Today, “Manchester mom arrested for DWI after fireworks ignite in SUV, causing crash“, Kim Bell, November 21, 2013

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Man facing drug charges after routine traffic stop

An Iowa man is facing several drug charges after a routine traffic stop in Eddyville, Iowa on November 25th. The 36 year old man was stopped at an intersection and arrested on charges of Operation without Registration, Improper use of Registration and two counts of Driving while Suspended.

The man was also charged with Possession with intent to Deliver 5 grams or more of Methamphetamine, Possession with intent to deliver less than 50k of Marijuana and three counts of Unlawful Possession of Prescription Drugs.

Drug cases are complex and many police officers make mistakes in their procedures during traffic stops and investigations. An experienced Saint Louis attorney may be able to help someone in these circumstances. The attorney can investigate the arrest and possibly have charges dropped or reduced if they can find that law enforcement made mistakes during the arrest and investigation. Sometimes even evidence can be challenged because of the way it was obtained. These are some ways a criminal defense lawyer may be able to help someone avoid a criminal record and other punishments they might face.

Source: ABC 3 KTVO, “Routine traffic stop leads to drug arrest”, KTVO Newsdesk, November 26, 2013

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