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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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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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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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Arrests made in burglary spree

Warrants for three St. Louis area males were obtained Thursday before two arrests were made. One 18 year old, one 19 year old and a juvenile face multiple car burglary and residential burglary charges for breaking into cars and homes.

Police are accusing the three males of a spree of burglaries committed starting Christmas eve 2013.

Burglary charges such as these can result in serious prison sentences and destroy a person’s future academic, vocational and career opportunities.

If you or a loved one has been accused of burglary, you need an aggressive St. Louis criminal defense lawyer to boldly defend you. With an experienced Missouri criminal defense attorney John Schleiffarth, you may be able to avoid prison altogether, minimize your sentence or even have charges dropped.

Source: stlouis.cbslocal.com, “More Arrests In Columbia, Ill. Burglary Spree”, January 31, 2014

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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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Man Charged for Deadly Accident

A Collinsville man was alleged to have driven drunk when he crashed his car killing five people in Hamilton County.

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Darrell G. Delong, 49, is charged with five aggravated DUIs and Reckless Homicide after five people died.
Robert L. Parker, 49, Lori S. Parker, 42, Tammy A. Delong, 35, and Katelynn Fancher, 16, all of Collinsville, died in the crash. Diana N. Wright, 23, of McLeansboro, IL was also killed. Darrell Delong was the lone survivor.

The accident occurred on Saturday, November 23rd, just before 10:30 pm on Hamilton County Road 750E and Hamilton County Road 1000N.
Authorities say Delong lost control of a 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer and it rolled over several times.

Felony DWI charges may result in extensive jail time or fines. These penalties can place motorists in tough positions by forcing them into debt or limiting their job eligibility for years after they’re originally convicted. Those with families to support may not be able to provide for their children, and if they lose their driving rights, they may not even be able to perform basic tasks, such as taking care of their dependents on a daily basis. Alternate sentences could allow these individuals to attend to their responsibilities, and DWI defense attorneys might be able to help motorists structure defenses that increase their chances of successfully petitioning judges for reduced charges.

Source: KTVI, “Man charged with DUI in fatal crash that killed 5“, Vera Culley, December 6, 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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