Missouri DWI & Criminal Law Center at the Benjamin Law Firm, LLC
Phone: 816-318-7943
Offices in Kansas City and Belton, Missouri

April 2019 Archives

8th DWI conviction leads to possible life sentence

Recently, a Missouri state citizen was stopped and later convicted with his 8th DWI in the past 36 years. The man convicted of the crime had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .256 percent. Since it was clear this man had continually broken the law through multiple DWI convictions, he is subject to serious consequences. The amount of DWI convictions and the range of years between them, matters.

Problems arise when cops can’t distinguish between pot and hemp

The legal status of marijuana nationwide is constantly changing. Although Marijuana the drug remains illegal under federal law, many states have legalized it for medical (and sometimes recreational) use. Others, like Missouri, have decriminalized possession. We also legalized medical use in 2018.

DWI defendants may face roadside blood tests

Missouri residents may be concerned that police are increasingly drawing blood from motorists stopped under suspicion of driving under the influence. As police more frequently charge motorists with driving under the influence of drugs like marijuana, rather than alcohol, a typical breath test may uncover nothing at all. Now, police can seek a warrant immediately, often via electronic transmission, to allow them to collect blood from a driver stopped on the roadside. The process of obtaining a warrant from a judge can take as little as 10 minutes.

Wrongful convictions remain a serious problem

People in Missouri may have good reason to fear a false conviction, especially if they are facing criminal charges for a crime they did not commit. In 2018 alone, prisoners were exonerated who had served a combined total of over 1,600 years in prison despite the fact that they were innocent of the charges against them. In a report by the National Registry of Exonerations, the organization noted that 151 people were released from their sentences in 2018 with an average sentence of around 11 years per person.

Facial ID technology could be misused due to lack of regulation

More stores in Missouri and other states are taking advantage of facial recognition technology to identify and track shoplifters. This same technology is also being used to create digital records of collected data, which may subsequently be shared with other businesses in the same network. Ultimately, this means that someone who was accused of shoplifting in one store may be banned from other locations they've never even visited before.

Police charge man with rest area murder

On March 22, a 27-year-old man was arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of a woman at a Missouri rest area last October. The defendant, a St. Charles resident, has been charged with first-degree murder, unlawful possession of a firearm and armed criminal action.


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