Open Container laws regulate the existence of opened containers of alcoholic beverages in public places and in vehicles. This is distinct from regulating the consumption of alcoholic beverages. The United States federal government has enacted guidelines (tied to federal highway funds) for states to follow that prohibits the possession of an open container in a […]
If a police officer suspects a person of driving while intoxicated, the officer has two types of tests at his disposal: chemical tests and field sobriety tests. Chemical tests are breathalyzers, blood tests, urinalysis, and other methods that attempt to measure a driver’s blood alcohol level. Many years ago, field sobriety tests varied depending on […]
Driving While Intoxicated charges are different. It is a crime where you can beat the criminal charges entirely, and still face consequences (for details, read about the two sides of a DWI case). The standards for evidence collection are different – in no other criminal case would we tolerate the police collecting the best evidence […]
I was named to the 2015 Rising Stars list by Super Lawyers. No more than 2.5% of lawyers in Missouri are awarded Rising Stars honors. To be eligible, a lawyer must be younger than 40 (or in practice for less than ten years). You can learn more about the selection process here. Nick Dudley
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.