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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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Robbery Charges in St. Louis County

In Missouri, Robbery is a felony and can be punishable by up to 30 years or life in prison. Prosecutors in St. Louis county actively pursue these cases and attempt to get convictions with serious penalties for citizens accused of robbery and other felony crimes.

Two teens were recently arrested in north St. Louis County for allegedly robbing a man at gunpoint and shooting him. Police say the two suspects fled and were later taken into custody by police.

Cases like this are serious and require a serious defense from a St. Louis Criminal Defense Attorney. Because of details of the allegations, prosecutors may charge someone in this situation with assault or other charges. A robbery defense lawyer in St. Louis County can look at the details of the case and protect you in court against whatever actions you are being accused of. A St. Louis attorney like John Schleiffarth of JCS Law with experience handling felony charges may be able to help you get charges reduced or in some cases dropped.

If you or someone you love has been charged with felony robbery, you should not waste any time in hiring an attorney to protect you and your rights.

Source: kmov.com, “2 teens arrested after man robbed, shot in St. Louis County,” May 13, 2014

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Man charged with robbing Missouri Bank

A Missouri man is being charged with 2 counts of First-degree Bank Robbery after allegedly robbing an Irondale, Missouri bank on two separate occasions. Police say that charges came after they compared surveillance video with photos of the man and his vehicles.

Robbery in the first-degree is a class A felony in Missouri. If you or a loved one has been arrested and charged with robbery in Missouri, if convicted, you could face up to 30 years in prison. These are very serious charges that require a bold and aggressive defense. A criminal defense like John C. Schleiffarth of JCS Law may be able to get your charges reduced.

Source:  dailyjournalonline.com, “Bond set for robbery suspect” March 27, 2014.

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Man Charged After Allegedly Transporting 300lbs of Marijuana

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300 lbs seized marijuana missouri

A Georgia man was pulled over for a routine traffic stop in Missouri. Police say after he consented to the search of his vehicle, they allegedly found 300lbs of marijuana hidden. The man was later charged with 1st Degree Drug Trafficking. If convicted, the man could face up to 30 years in prison.

Law enforcement agencies in Missouri have become aggressive in searching vehicles during traffic stops. Everyone who is asked to submit to a search of their vehicle has certain rights, and law enforcement must honor these rights and follow specific procedures in order to legally perform a search.  A St. Charles lawyer with experience in traffic stops leading to drug related charges will know exactly what to look for when studying a case like this. John Schleiffarth of JCS Law may be able to help you or someone you love fight Drug Trafficking charges in Missouri.

Source:  ksdk.com, “300 lbs. of hidden weed found during I-44 traffic stop” March 22, 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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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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