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protection order

Penalties For Violating a Protective Order

A protective order, also known as a restraining order, is a legal document that restricts or prevents contact between certain parties, typically in cases that involves threatened or actual violence, harassment, or stalking of some form. The terms of an order, such as how exactly contact is restricted, varies by case. In many instances, an […]

criminal charges

Differences Between Federal And MO State Criminal Charges

If you find yourself charged with a crime, you may believe all crimes are considered equal. However, depending on whether the charges are federal or state, there can be many differences regarding sentencing, standards of guilt, types of evidence used against you, and many other aspects. Therefore, if you are facing this situation, rely on […]

dui checkpoint

DUI Checkpoints: What Are My Rights?

For many people driving home at night, the last thing they want to see is a DUI checkpoint. Whether you have been drinking or not, these checkpoints can sometimes turn into legal nightmares. To learn more, here are some key details regarding your rights at DUI checkpoints in Kansas City. Are They Legal?In Missouri, it […]

plea bargain

Plea Bargain: What is It?

Many common legal terms are familiar to the general public. One of the most familiar legal terms is perhaps the plea bargain. Simply put, a plea bargain is an agreement between the person being charged with a crime and law enforcement officials. A person may agree to plead guilty to a crime or agree to […]

plea no contest

Should I Ever Plea No Contest?

When charged with a crime, most people plead guilty or not guilty. However, in some instances, they may plead no contest. Essentially a guilty plea, it has the same legal ramifications. However, it can be beneficial, since it is not a formal admission of guilt, but rather a statement you are not going to fight […]

hate crime

What is Considered A Hate Crime?

What is a Hate Crime?  A hate crime is also referred to as a bias crime or bias-motivated crime. A person commits a hate crime when they target a person specifically for their race or social group. This includes things such as race, gender identity, physical appearance, nationality or language. Physical assault, bullying, harassment and […]

car search warrant

Does a Police Officer Need a Search Warrant to Search My Car on My Property?

When Can Police Do a Warrantless Car Search In general, police are not allowed to search your vehicle without a valid search warrant. However, like any rule, there are always exceptions. Under some scenarios, law enforcement can go through your vehicle without your consent. There are a few situations where a warrantless search is valid. […]

commercial DUI

Commercial DUI – How it affects your life?

Any experienced DUI attorney KC MO will tell you that facing a DUI charge while having a commercial license is a serious matter. If you’re a CDL holder, it’s likely that you drive to make a living. If you’re convicted of a DUI, you will lose your CDL for an extended period and will be […]

Ignition Interlock Devices

Ignition Interlock Devices – Do they really work?

Ignition interlock devices (IIDs) provide a great alternative for people convicted of DUI. In many cases, individuals with DUI convictions face suspension or revocation of their licenses. For those of us who rely on our cars for getting to work and other necessary life activities, this can be an overwhelmingly severe penalty. IIDs allow people […]

drugged driving

Drugged Driving: More Dangerous than Drunk Driving?

A new report is indicating that drivers are crashing their cars and being involved in fatal accidents because of drugged driving, rather than driving drunk. The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility and the Governors Highway Safety Association recently released a study indicating that drivers involved in fatal crashes were testing at 43% to have illegal […]