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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.

Missouri man accused of DUI following wife's death

When a person's spouse dies, he or she is often left to cope with the devastating news. When the surviving spouse is accused of playing a role in the death, the emotions can easily be overwhelming, potentially inhibiting a person's ability to make rational decisions. Unfortunately, a man in Missouri may now be in this position after he was charged with DUI and other crimes following his wife's death.

The incident that led to the man's arrest reportedly happened on a night in early May. The couple had apparently been out drinking before being dropped off at their home. Police believe that the woman laid down in the driveway while her 36-year-old husband went inside the home. When her husband could not find her, he reportedly became concerned and decided to look for her in his pickup truck; police say that he was intoxicated at the time.

Man, woman face gun, drug charges following Missouri home search

Most people feel relatively safe within the walls of their own homes, including that their privacy will not be violated by law enforcement officers. When a search of their home occurs, for example, it can only happen under certain circumstances. In fact, two people were recently arrested on weapons and drug charges in Missouri after officers served a warrant to search their home.

The 34-year-old woman and 36-year-old man were arrested following an afternoon search of a home on a day in late April. According to reports, the search was allegedly sparked after a drug dog detected narcotics in a package at a local delivery service; police say that there was 5 pounds of methamphetamine in the package. As a result, multiple agencies engaged in a joint effort to investigate.

DWI charges filed against woman in head-on collision

Missouri police recently arrested a woman who they say caused a fatal, head-on collision. She was allegedly intoxicated at the time of the accident and is now facing DWI charges. This is apparently not her first drunk driving related offense, which could potentially effect her current criminal charges.

The 34-year-old woman had apparently been drinking before getting behind the wheel of her vehicle. According to police, she merged onto the northbound lanes of Interstate 435 while traveling south. The 26-year-old male driver of a vehicle on the northbound side of the interstate was unable to avoid the wrong-way driver and the two collided head-on. The male driver suffered fatal injuries in the collision while the woman's vehicle caught on fire.

How can I expunge my Missouri record?

For years, it was very difficult for a convicted criminal in Missouri to get that conviction removed from their record, no matter how trivial or old the conviction.

The result found many people carrying the baggage of bad decisions made in their youth – a credit-card forgery, an assault in a bar – for the rest of their lives. The most obvious damage came when the record was uncovered after they applied for jobs or places to live.

DWI conviction penalties and your need for an attorney

Driving home from a holiday party, you commit a minor traffic violation, and an officer pulls you over in Missouri. After noticing signs of intoxication, you consent to a breath test and face a DWI arrest. You know that penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol prove strict if convicted, and you worry about how your life will change following a DWI arrest.

The most important element in fighting a DWI charge is hiring an experienced criminal defense attorney. These attorneys have knowledge in finding accurate defenses to crimes and helping you avoid maximum punishments. It is essential that you do not fight DWI charges alone.

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