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What is a 'three strikes' law?

Felonies are much more serious charges than misdemeanors, and carry much heavier consequences for those convicted of them. However, here in Missouri, individuals who find themselves on the wrong side of the law repeatedly may face felony charges for alleged actions that typically only incur a misdemeanor charge. Missouri is one of a number of states that use some version of a "three-strikes" law that increases some misdemeanor charges to felonies if the defendant has received repeat convictions for the same crime.

Is robbery a felony charge in Missouri?

Here in Missouri, robbery is a very serious charge. In part because it is an inherently violent (or potentially violent) act, all robbery convictions are classified as felonies in Missouri. This means that in addition to the sentencing penalties for the charges, those convicted of robbery become felons, changing their lives indefinitely.

Be careful posting pictures of firearms on social media

When it comes to protecting yourself, you simply can't be too careful with what you post on social media like Facebook or Instagram. This especially true for individuals who already have convictions on their record. Recently, a Missouri man with an existing felony got himself a ticket back to prison for illegally possessing firearms, all because of his Facebook profile.

Missouri sheriff arrested on felony charges

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.

Lawmakers claim new law will not make school fights felonies

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.

Missouri Supreme Court rules some felony thefts are misdemeanors

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.

Felons in Missouri can restore their right to vote

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.

3 key points that can be included in plea agreements

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.

Witness to triple murder marries person accused in the killings

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.

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