Judge McAdams retired on December 31, 2014. His vacancy was filled by Corey Carter. Carter was previously an attorney in private practice, and also a Clay County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney.
Missourians are fortunate to have so many excellent lakes to enjoy. As Summer begins in full swing, people will enjoy a day on the water boating, skiing, tubing, grilling, and drinking. However, drinking and operating boats on Missouri waterways is fraught with legal peril. Missouri has three laws that cover Boating While Intoxicated (“BWI”), and each […]
Missouri Municipal Courts have been under intense scrutiny in local and national media since the events in Ferguson. Some good (and probably some bad) will come from that. The Missouri Senate passed Bill 5 yesterday, and it includes a number of important changes for the courts, statewide. Read the Bill for yourself. The highlights: Missouri’s […]
Grandview has announced it will have an “amnesty day” on March 6. On amnesty day, no warrants will be served, meaning that people with outstanding warrants can go to court to handle their cases without fear of going to jail or incurring additional penalties. Combined with tax refunds, this is a good opportunity to clear […]
Judge Courtney Wachal was appointed to fill the vacancy left by Leonard Hughes III. Judge Wachal will preside in E Court, which is the domestic violence court at Kansas City Municipal. Wachal was an assistant prosecutor with the city, and was frankly, a very good one. Hopefully, she is also a reasonable judge. E court […]
On January 16, Attorney General Eric Holder announced long overdue asset forfeiture reforms. If you are unfamiliar with asset forfeiture, read more about it here.
The press was overwhelmingly positive, but frankly, the announcement did not add up to me or to other long time forfeiture reform advocates. Finally, the details have emerged. These reforms are as likely to make things worse as they are to make things marginally better.
If you paid a Red Light Camera ticket in Missouri on or before November 21, 2014, you should be eligible for a 20% refund. Go Here to review eligibility requirements. Theoretically, you will be mailed a postcard to redeem for your settlement, but if you have moved or you do not get a postcard, then call […]
On December 23, 2014, the Missouri Supreme Court made some important changes to the municipal courts around the state. You can read the Order here. The Order is effective July 1, 2015 and makes 3 important changes: It specifically authorizes municipal courts the power to give defendants “time to pay” fines. Many municipal courts do […]
I am proud to announce that I will be a presenter at this year’s Developments in Firearms Law CLE, sponsored by the Missouri Bar. Kevin Jamison, who literally wrote the book on this topic, organized the seminar. I will be speaking primarily on the topics of Suspended Imposition of Sentence and Expungements. The seminar is […]
This month I have represented two defendants charged with Possession of a Synthetic Cannabinoid. That is two more defendants than I have ever represented on this charge previously. Both clients mentioned that they had no idea that it was a crime to have “Spice,” as it is often called.