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What are the two legal aspects of a DUI?

Driving while under the influence is a serious crime. It falls under the criminal code of the state. However, it is also a traffic violation. Because of this dual status, if you get a DUI, you will face two different punishments. The Missouri Department of Revenue...

What is “three strikes” in Missouri?

A career criminal is someone who is not only currently convicted of a crime but who also was previously convicted of a crime. One of any court's biggest challenges is combatting these habitual offenders by encouraging rehabilitation and reintroduction to society, and...

Shoplifting equals theft in Missouri

Many states treat shoplifting as a distinct crime involving the theft of retail property, with penalties differing from those for other theft crimes. However, Missouri law treats shoplifting as any other theft with prosecution as a misdemeanor or felony. The following...

3 things to know about drug court

Sometimes people face charges not because they desire to commit criminal offenses, but because they struggle with drug addiction. For those dealing with substance abuse problems, options such as the drug court program may better guide them away from recidivism. Before...

Can you turn around at a DUI checkpoint?

DUI checkpoints often get set up along highways during times when police suspect many people will hit the road while intoxicated. This can include later in summer days, around holidays and on long weekends. Many drivers wonder if it is legal to turn around if they...