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What You Need to Know About Missouri’s New Expungement Law for 2018

Published on Feb 1, 2018 at 12:52 pm in Criminal Defense.

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Missouri has a new expungement law going into effect this January. It allows people to get convictions expunged from their criminal record. The time people have to wait to apply for expungement has been reduced, too. This will open a lot of doors for people who might not have been able to get a job, housing, get a loan, or volunteer their time because of a previous conviction.

Applying to have convictions expunged from your record can be overwhelming to take on alone. You need a Columbia criminal defense lawyer that you can depend on. Thomas Law Offices is ready to help you fight for your rights. We’ll make sure you’re meeting the requirements to get convictions expunged from your record.

What Limits Are in Place for Suing After an Assault/Crime?

Published on Oct 12, 2017 at 2:35 pm in Criminal Defense.
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One of the first things our firm looks at when investigating a case is whether you or a loved one is limited in bringing a lawsuit for personal injuries.  If you or a loved one are the victim of an assault or some other criminal activity and are seeking compensation for your injuries, then you should know that one of the most important things affecting your ability to bring a case is the statute of limitations. A statute of limitation is a law which limits the amount of time for you to bring a case against a person who injured you or a loved one through reckless, negligent, or intentional action.

In Missouri, a criminal act which caused you or a loved one harm would likely be considered an “intentional act”. Under Missouri law, there is a much shorter time period to bring a case involving harm caused by the intentional acts of another person.  As a victim of an intentional act, like an assault or some other crime, you are required bring a case against the person causing the injuries within two years.

What Are the Consequences of Having a Fake ID?

Published on Feb 27, 2017 at 12:00 pm in Criminal Defense.
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When it comes to fake IDs, most of us think of high school kids or college underclassmen.  Most often they buy a fake ID online or borrow an older sibling’s drivers license to get into a bar or try to buy alcohol or tobacco.  Even though it is common, it is still a serious offense.  Young people pay no mind to the risk of carrying a fake ID. However, using a fake ID can send you to jail and lead to a permanent record.

Bouncers checking IDs at the front doors of bars can turn all confiscated, suspicious IDs over to the police.  Many bars pay uniformed police officers to monitor activity at the front door or have undercover officers spend time inside.  If caught by these officers using a fake ID, you can be taken into custody immediately.

New Missouri DWI Law Changes: Felony Offenses

Published on Feb 23, 2017 at 1:24 pm in Criminal Defense.
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Arrested and charged with a Missouri DWI in 2017? You should know that recent law changes may affect the outcome of your DWI case and how you are charged. We talked about 2017’s changes to the misdemeanor offenses already, but now it’s time to review a few different felony classes  (C, D, and E) that can be charged under the law.

Missouri DWI/DUI Offenses: Basic Facts Regarding The New DWI Law

C, D, and E Felony Offenses

  • For your third Missouri DWI, you will likely be charged with a new Felony class in Missouri, the “E felony”. You will be charged with an “E Felony” if you are considered a “persistent offender” or if you “act with criminal negligence to cause physical injury to someone”.

New Missouri DWI Law Changes You Need to Know

Published on Feb 9, 2017 at 12:00 pm in Criminal Defense.
The Law Office of Mike Campbell has joined forces with Thomas Law Offices as of September 1st, 2020. Click here for details.

Arrested and charged with DWI in 2017? You should know that recent law changes may affect the outcome of your DWI case and how you are charged. How serious your charges and their consequences are will depend on many factors, but one of the most important is if any previous DWIs are on your record. This factor will also determine how your DWI is categorized. Your first DWI in Missouri will likely be categorized as a misdemeanor (as long as no one is injured). If this isn’t your first offense, the rules become slightly more complicated.

Missouri DWI/DUI Offenses: Basic Facts Regarding The New DWI Law

Misdemeanor Offenses

  • For your first DWI offense in the state of Missouri, you will likely be charged with a “Class B” misdemeanor, unless there are people under the age of 17 in the vehicle with you at the time of the offense. In that instance, you can be charged with a “Class A” misdemeanor. Misdemeanors are less severe than felonies and may be able to be expunged from your criminal record after a certain period.
    • For all “Class B” misdemeanors, you can face up to 6 months of jail time, a 30-day license suspension, fines of up to $1,000.00, and/or other penalties.
    • For all “Class A” misdemeanors, you can face up to 1 year of jail time, fines of up to $2,000.00, a license revocation of up to a year, and/or additional penalties.
    • Note: If someone is injured while you were driving while intoxicated, then you may be charged with a “Class E” Felony (a new class of felonies). I will go over the new felony classes in another post.
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