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

June 2019 Archives

An overview of exculpatory evidence

Missouri defendants in criminal trials may obtain an acquittal or a dismissal in a case through exculpatory evidence. Exculpatory evidence is defined as anything that would tend to establish that a person is not guilty of committing a crime. Data from a cellphone or DNA test results could be examples of this type of evidence.

Affirmative defenses to DWI charges

When criminal defense attorneys in Missouri and around the country represent motorists accused of driving while intoxicated, they may question the reliability of toxicology evidence or the legality of a traffic stop. However, there are situations where attorneys may mount what is known as an affirmative defense. Attorneys mounting such a defense do not deny that their clients got behind the wheel after drinking, but they do introduce new facts to explain their behavior.

Public safety apps may be tools to advance racism

Missouri residents may believe that neighborhood crime apps and other recording devices keep them safe. However, it may simply scare them into thinking that crime is prevalent in their area when it may not be. It may also lead to enhancing stereotypes about minorities and other groups who may be incorrectly labeled as criminals. In many cases, police departments use information from these apps and other recording devices when developing law enforcement plans.

What to do if you’re facing DWI charges

Facing DWI charges can be an extremely challenging time. You might fear the punishment of making a mistake or are potentially unable to pay the fine. Fortunately, there are options, especially for first-time offenders.

What is an expungement and how do you get one in Missouri?

Criminal records can do a lot of damage to your life, even if they are a result of a mistake when you are very young. A criminal conviction, even just a misdemeanor, can have a lasting effect on your personal and professional life. In some cases, it can affect your education as well.

Plea negotiations postpone Missouri murder trial

The trial of a Missouri man accused of murdering his wife and then burying her dismembered body in a shallow grave that was scheduled to start on May 28 has been postponed. The judge who set the new date said that the trial was delayed because negotiations with prosecutors were ongoing. The trail will take place in St. Louis County Circuit Court. The man could be sent to prison for the rest of his life is he is convicted.

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