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What if I'm accused of domestic violence?

Domestic violence charges can arise a number of ways, and many times, they are either patently false or the result of a misunderstanding by law enforcement or nosy community members. Unfortunately, domestic violence charges are often destructive to your reputation even if they are proven untrue. If you face domestic violence charges of any kind, it is important to seek out experienced legal guidance as soon as possible.

New criminal code increases punishments

Long-anticipated sweeping changes and updates to the Missouri Criminal Code recently went into effect on Jan. 1, marking the culmination of 10 years of vetting and careful legislative planning. The updated code has been the point of both contention and cooperation across many sectors of the criminal justice system, hopefully in the spirit of creating a more just system in Missouri. How well justice will be granted is still to be seen.

For a self-defense shooting, your life must be in danger

If you shoot someone in self-defense, it may be legal. It's important to remember, though, that your life actually has to be in danger, or you have to think you're likely going to be killed. Shooting a firearm is to be viewed as a last-ditch effort to save your own life, where you believe you'll die if you don't do it.

Calling crucial elements into question can help your defense

When you are facing violent crime charges, your defense has to include some important points. Generally, the defense you use must include information and evidence that will call into question at least one of the necessary elements of the crime. Each criminal charge has specific elements that must be present in a case in order for the charge to apply. If you can call just one element into question, your defense might be successful. We know that you might not be familiar with each point that has to be met for each violent crime charge. We can work with you to help you understand these elements and find ways that you can show that at least one wasn't applicable to your criminal case.

Points that you should know about kidnapping

When you think of kidnapping, you might think of a child who has been abducted and taken away from his or her parents. While that is one possible scenario that could be considered kidnapping, that isn't the only type of kidnapping case. If you or someone you know is facing kidnapping charges, you should understand what this charge means.

Your account of events matters for your defense

Violent crimes are some of the most difficult crimes for people to have to present a defense to. This is because many of these crimes have very personal details that can often be difficult to deal with. It is critical that you have a defense team that understands everything that pertains to your case, even if the details are intimate because comprehensive knowledge of the events can help the defense team to discover options regarding your case.

What are different types of homicide charges?

When a person hears about homicide charges, there is often some confusion about what homicide includes. Of course, many people automatically know that homicide charges stem from the death of another person, but there are more facets to homicide charges that you should understand.

Defendant cleared of high-stakes assault charge in drug deal

A criminal defendant from nearby Wichita, Kansas, has been acquitted of felony murder in connection with a deadly drug deal. The defendant was accused of causing the fatal assault during an exchange in which marijuana was sold. However, the man's family members and community rallied around him, arguing that his case should never have been considered in the violent crimes category that generally encompasses a felony murder charge.

Weapons charges: What you need to know

Many people do not realize the devastating effect being charged with a weapons crime can have on their futures, but at Kelly, Symonds & Reed, we know what's at stake and put all of our resources toward helping you fight the charges you are facing. We are familiar with the laws governing weapons offenses, as well as the possible penalties in the case of a conviction, and work hard to help you understand all of your options.

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