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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.

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.

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.

What's the difference between robbery and theft?

Violent crimes generally entail harsher sentencing and more lengthy jail time, but in some cases, the line between a violent crime and a non-violent crime is thinner than you might expect. Robbery is a crime that many individuals do not understand well, and this poor understanding could cost them years of their lives behind bars if they end up facing charges of robbery when they could only have faced theft.

What is the difference between theft and robbery?

Many individuals do not understand that subtle differences in charges can have a significant impact on sentencing and defense strategy. This is especially true when it comes to violent crimes. In general, crimes that involve some form of violence or threat of violence carry harsher sentences than those without any element of violence. One area where this becomes particularly clear is the difference between theft and robbery.

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.

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