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Missouri investigation leads to felony drug charges

When faced with criminal accusations, many people who are without the benefit of legal training are unsure of their options. Often, they are left to make decisions that will likely impact the rest of their lives without fully understanding their circumstances and potential outcomes. Unfortunately, two people who are now facing felony drug charges in Missouri may be feeling overwhelmed by the situation they are facing.

The incident involves a 45-year-old man and a 31-year-old woman. According to reports, members of the Missouri State Highway Patrol were conducting an investigation in Dec. 2018. As part of that investigation, officers claim to have witnessed the pair as they attempted to deliver drugs to a confidential informant. Reports indicate that they were taken into custody before the delivery could occur. It is unclear what prompted the investigation.

A criminal conviction can make renting difficult

When you apply for an apartment or rental house, the landlord may look at your history to approve you. They may ask you for proof of income and positive rental history. They may also ask for your permission to run a background check.

For people with a past criminal conviction, this can often mean a denied application. Many landlords choose to deny renters with criminal records. This can lead to those with criminal records having trouble finding housing.

Drunk driving suspected in fatal offroading crash in Missouri

An accident that results in a fatality is always a tragedy. Unfortunately, some accidents can not only result in grieving friends and family but also in criminal charges. In fact, a family is Missouri is now grieving the death of an 11-year-old while a man is accused of drunk driving in the accident that allegedly resulted in her death.

The incident happened during the early morning hours of a day in mid-August. According to reports, the 11-year-old was riding on an off-road vehicle driven by a 31-year-old man. The man reportedly lost control, causing the vehicle to strike a tree. The girl was thrown and ultimately pinned underneath the vehicle.

Fatal Bobcat accident leads to DWI charge in Missouri

The death of a friend or family member is, in itself, a devastating event with which to deal. Being accused of playing a role in that person's death can be even more difficult. Unfortunately, a man in Missouri is now facing a DWI charge following an incident that left a young man dead.

The accident reportedly happened during the late night hours of a day in early August. According to reports, a 24-year-old man was driving a Bobcat skid steer. His friend, a 20-year-old male, was riding in the bucket. Unfortunately, reports indicate that the younger man was thrown from the bucket after it struck a pothole.

Missouri doctor faces felony drug charges

Doctors have many important responsibilities to their patients. As part of their jobs, they are required to determine what medication and in what amount -- if any -- is appropriate. As such, they have the ability to write prescriptions for drugs that people can not otherwise legally obtain. Unfortunately, law enforcement officials claim that one doctor in Missouri abused this ability, resulting in felony drug charges.

The case involves a 34-year-old doctor. Police say that the woman pretended to be a patient in an effort to obtain prescription pills. She is accused of using her prescription pad to write prescriptions for drugs such as oxycodone and hydrocodone in someone else's name. She would then allegedly pose as a patient to get the prescription filled. 

Fatal Missouri crash leads to felony DWI charge

Depending on the area where a person lives, a person may spend a significant amount of time driving. Because it is such a common activity for many in Missouri, it may be easy to take for granted the potential for an accident that can cause significant damage, even if its cause was due to a mistaken turn. Unfortunately, police can easily interpret a mistake that caused an accident as a sign of intoxication, resulting in an accusation of DWI.

In fact, a 37-year-old woman is facing such a charge following a fatal accident. The incident reportedly happened on a Missouri intersection on a day in June. Witnesses claim that they passed the woman -- who they claim was headed west in the eastbound lanes of traffic -- while she drove in the center lane.

Missouri traffic stop leads to felony drug charges

Being pulled over by a police officer can be a nerve-wracking experience. However, knowing people who know their rights can help those in such a situation when they communicate with law enforcement officials. Unfortunately, four people are now facing felony drug charges in Missouri after a police officer initiated a traffic stop of the vehicle in which they were traveling.

The incident happened at approximately 11 a.m. on a day in June. According to reports, a law enforcement officer claims that the 21-year-old driver was following a tractor-trailer towing a car too closely. When the officer stopped the vehicle, he said that the driver and his three passengers were acting suspiciously and gave conflicting stories regarding their travel plans.

Missouri appeals court upholds expungement decision

Sometimes, people make mistakes, and those mistakes can lead to a conviction of felony or misdemeanor charges. Because a criminal record can have a significant impact on the rest of a person's life, prohibiting him or her from finding employment or even a place to live in some locations, some people in Missouri choose to seek an expungement if they meet certain conditions. An expungement, according to an appellate court, is a second chance for those who can prove that they are not a threat to public safety through their "habits and conduct."

A man in Missouri sought to have his record expunged. He was convicted of two different peace disturbances in Oct. 2010 and Oct. 2012, both misdemeanor convictions. For the first, he paid a fine, and for the second, he successfully completed two years of probation. Because it had been at least three years from his misdemeanor conviction and he had not been found guilty of other crimes, the judge agreed to erase the convictions.

Man faces felony charges over fraudulent prescription

When people are facing the prospect of criminal charges -- even if they did not commit the crimes of which they are suspected -- they may panic, reacting in a way that further complicates their legal situation. Unfortunately, police in Missouri claim a man escaped custody following his initial arrest. The man now faces multiple felony charges.

The incident that led to the man's arrest happened on a day in May. According to reports, local police officers received a call from a pharmacy, apparently indicating that a man was attempting to fill a prescription that was believed to be fraudulent. When they arrived at the scene, they discovered the man in the lobby and took him into custody.

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