A Missouri law enforcement official was recently arrested on felony charges — but that didn't keep him from continuing to serve in his capacity as sheriff. Despite facing charges of nearly twenty separate criminal offenses, the Mississippi County sheriff returned to his regular responsibilities as sheriff later that same evening.
Missouri recently passed a new law that seemingly opened the door for minors to be prosecuted for felony charges if they get into a fight in school. Now, top prosecutors are speaking out to clarify that minors will not actually be in danger of facing those felony charges. This is welcome news for students and parents throughout the state, but still a troubling precedent to have laws on the books that can be interpreted in such a way.
Many thefts in Missouri have been prosecuted as felony charges; however, that might not be correct. A change to the law in 2002 that was apparently inadvertent means that some felony thefts should actually be misdemeanors. That fact was recently noted in an opinion by the Missouri Supreme Court.
A person who commits a crime must usually have to face the music. In some cases, the person who commits the crime finds people who are willing to help him or her out after the crime. This can become a criminal matter for the person who gives that assistance.
Felons face a host of stigmas when they are out in society. On top of the social stigmas, felons also face the loss of some rights that are commonplace in this country. One of these rights is the right to vote. In the past, it was fairly common for felons to be unable to vote at all. More recently, states have been changing the guidelines in a way that allows felons to vote in certain circumstances.
When you are guilty of a crime but don't want to place your fate in a jury's hands, you might try to get a plea agreement. In this case, you and the prosecution would come to an agreement about how you will plead in the case and how the prosecution will respond to the plea. There are three key points that can be included in plea agreements.
A man who is facing felony charges for a triple homicide has married a witness who is essential to the prosecution's case. Prosecutors behind the case believe that the marriage was one meant to stop the woman from testifying against the man because of Missouri's spousal privilege statute. That could spell trouble for the prosecution because most of the case against the man hinges on the testimony.
Last week, we discussed the options that are available for a person who is facing a felony charge to get out of jail. If you recall, we discussed how some people who face a felony charge will be given a bail. Once the court sets the bail amount, there are three options that are possible.
When you are charged with a felony charge, you will be arrested and sent for a bail hearing. A bail hearing is a chance for you to learn the conditions that must occur in order for you to get out of jail until your trial date or until your case is finished. In most cases, there are three options that might be presented at a bail hearing -- denial of bail, a release on your own recognizance or a bail amount set.
In our previous two blog posts, we have focused on drug crimes. While drug crimes are very serious crimes, there are also some very other serious charges that a person might face. Some of these, such as violent crimes like rape, and white collar crimes like embezzlement, are also very serious. In fact, any criminal charge can be serious because any criminal charge on a background check can have a big impact on your life.