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Defending against stalking charges

Stalking charges are a difficult issue to navigate, especially because they are often based on very little hard evidence. While they are similar in nature to violent crime charges, stalking is very specifically different from violent crimes because by definition stalking does not usually involve actual physical violence.

Stalking charges may arise a number of ways, and these charges may flex to include surprisingly benign behavior, depending on the circumstances and the claims of the accuser. In Missouri, the law indicates that individuals may face aggravated stalking charges if they

  • Intentionally harass another person or follow him or her while intending to harass that person
  • Exhibit this behavior repeatedly
  • Pose some sort of credible threat against the alleged victim, causing the victim to reasonably fear for his or her life or physical safety

Create the home you desire as a single parent

Being thrust into the role of a single parent after having counted on the other parent is difficult. You will have to sit down and make a plan for what you are going to do. Things aren't going to work the same in a one-parent home as a two-parent house.

Often, you will have to compromise with the other parent when you live in the same home. This means that you can't have everything your way. One of the biggest benefits of having a single parent house is that you can set everything up how you want it. Making the changes now can help you to create a stable home that you and your children can live with for the long term.

Implied consent in Missouri

As a driver, you have a number of rights that you may invoke when a police officer stops you. If an officer suspects that you are intoxicated, he or she may arrest you and ask you to participate in a chemical test to determine the drugs affecting you or the amount alcohol in your bloodstream. In this case, you have the right to refuse participation in the test, but this right is relatively limited.

Under state law, all drivers who receive driver's licenses in Missouri also consent to subject themselves to chemical testing. This is known as "implied consent." While implied consent does not remove your right to refuse the test, it does provide automatic consequences to those who do. It is important to understand these consequences so that you can make informed decisions if or when you face the choice to submit to or refuse chemical testing.

How to help your college student be a better driver

As a parent of a college student, one of the most challenging moments is letting your student be on their own. Away from home, they are free to make their own choices—both good and not-so-good. Some of the most critical choices your student can make involve driving. Talking to your student about these choices will help your student be a better—and safer—driver.

Texting and driving

Can a man really get alimony?

You can imagine the scenario: The wife has a promising career position with a great company. With her last promotion, she’s now bringing home over six figures. However, it’s been a different situation with the husband’s career. His industry has been stagnant for a decade and it’s been survival over advancement. After the second child, the decision was easy. He would stay home with the kids. But what happens when the family is divided by divorce?

Does the father receive alimony?

Do you know what drug paraphernalia includes?

While drug charges are among the most common charges issued in the country, many people do not realize the variety of drug charges they may face. Often, a police officer may strengthen the charges against a person by adding on additional related charges, creating several different criminal charges out of the same interaction with a defendant.

One of the most common "add-on" charges that police and prosecutors use to bulk up a case is possession of drug paraphernalia. Of course, just about anything that could be paraphernalia could also be used for an entirely separate purpose. In general, drug paraphernalia includes any object or device that a person uses to consume, conceal or prepare illegal drugs. It may also refer to equipment or objects used to produce or even transport illegal drugs.

Can I fight a drunk driving charge if I'm over the limit?

Regardless of how they find themselves in such a situation, many, many people want to know if it is really possible to fight drunk driving charges if an officer determines that they were legally over the limit when the charges were issued. The short answer is yes, but of course it's more complicated than a simple "yes" or "no."

Part of the beauty of the United States' legal system is that you can choose to fight any charge or none at all. Whether you'll achieve your goals is another matter. When it comes to fighting drunk driving charges after an officer determines that you are over the legal blood alcohol content (BAC) limit to drive, you may have a number of options. These vary depending on the nature of your stop and the methods your arresting officer used to determine your sobriety or BAC.

Is domestic violence always physical?

When most people think about domestic violence, they envision a couple who can't keep their conflicts within normal boundaries of fair disagreement and one party or the other resorts to physical violence. However, legal charges stemming from domestic violence may involve many more things than more physical violence between partners or family members.

Domestic violence does include many kinds of violent behavior against one or more parties, such as one partner pushing, grabbing, hitting or slapping another party, for instance. However, this is not where domestic violence ends. It may also involve sexual assault, or a threat of violence if one party does not participate in some sexual activity.

What is the difference between drug dealing and trafficking?

When most of the public refers broadly to "drug charges," they mean to refer to drug possession charges, specifically. However, there are several other common drug charges with very specific elements that you may face. Depending on the charges themselves, you may have different kinds of sentencing, or may need to employ entirely different defenses.

Two commonly confused drug charges are drug dealing and drug trafficking. In very broad terms, "dealing" refers to drug distribution on a small scale, while "trafficking" refers to drug distribution on a larger scale, but there are other important distinctions.

Elements of assault charges

Assault charges can turn very complicated very quickly, depending on many factors that an individual in a heated moment may not consider. If you or someone you love faces some form of assault charges, you should consult with an experienced defense attorney as soon as you can. Understand, the prosecution responsible for pursuing your charges is already building a case against you, so the sooner you begin building your defense, the better.

A number of factors may affect how charges increase or decrease in severity. If, for instance, you face charges after an altercation with a law enforcement officer, you may face stiffer penalties simply because the incident involved an officer of the law. Similarly, if the other party belongs to a certain protected class of individuals, he or she may claim that your altercation is in fact a hate crime.

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