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How will you spend your money?

When you hire an electrician as you are building or remodeling a home, you understand that every additional electrical circuit they add to system will cost you money. They will provide a recommendation, based on building code requirements, but you can always add more circuits, more "bells and whistles" and in the end, more expense.

Why simple problems produce complex results

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) created a program called Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) to help assess safety performance of trucking companies. The CSA includes reports of truck crashes, and some trucking organizations had been urging the FMCSA to add "fault assignment" to the truck crashes.

Supreme Court to weigh in on what constitutes a routine stop

As we have said before on this blog, we here at Harper, Evans, Wade & Netemeyer are avid followers of criminal defense cases. That's because we, just like our more frequent readers, understand the importance of staying up-to-date on the changing landscape of the law. We see it as necessary in order to successfully put forward the best criminal defense and protect the rights of our clients.

House bill on electronic tracking: where is it now?

Back in March, we wrote a post about HB 1388. For those who did not read the post or hear about this piece of legislation on the news, HB 1388's aim is to bolster everyone's constitutional rights by requiring law enforcement agencies in Missouri to obtain a warrant before activating the GPS tracking systems found on many electronic devices.

Financial planning for a divorce?

Like most things in life, planning can help your divorce. No, we are not suggesting that you should plan to get divorced. However, if you are certain your marriage relationship is failing, and you are considering the prospect of a divorce, doing some financial homework before you file can significantly ease many of the complex elements of your property division.

An offer you cannot refuse

Here's a question: Would you want lower gas prices for your car or truck if accepting such an offer could cost you your life in motor vehicle accident? Most people would never accept such a deal, but a recent study suggests that we all make that deal as gas prices fall.

Do we need to know what the divorce rate is?

The U.S. Census Bureau would like to stop doing something it has done for decades. It no longer wants to have to count the number of divorces that occur every year. The questions asked regarding divorce are part of the American Community Survey and the data is used by many disparate groups for everything from research on the changing American family, to political groups arguing pro or con on many issues.

Multiple DWIs can lead to a felony, but you do have rights

Seeing red and blue flashing lights in your rear view mirror can be a scary sight. That's because most people aren't entirely familiar with the subtle nuances of a traffic stop or the laws surrounding them. More to the point, it's this lack of understanding that can lead to missteps on the road to justice, perhaps even leading to an undeserved conviction.

Will Google cars be on the road in five years?

2020. five years from now. That's the date that Google claims they will have self-driving cars on the streets and highways. While some within the automotive industry claim that autonomous vehicles will be held back because of regulation, Google's head of their self-driving car project believes such concerns are "overblown."

Those caught by red-light cameras issued a refund

Although most drivers in Missouri would rather see a resolution in the case of Tupper v. the City of St. Louis, which challenges the enforcement of red-light cameras in certain municipalities, good news was delivered to the nearly 900,000 drivers who received tickets due to the automated ticketing system.

How lucky do you feel in your divorce proceeding?

During any divorce, the property settlement is likely to be a significant element of the proceeding. The older the couple, the longer the marriage and the more substantial the assets, the more likely there are to be disagreements over what is a fair division of the marital property.

Turn signals can be a real pain the…arm

A man in Creve Coeur, Missouri is recovering after a rather unusual surgery. He recently had begun to experience pain his arm. It felt as if there was a pointed object poking him from inside his arm. In fact, there was. He had known there was a long metal object in his arm for some time, after setting off a metal detector in a courthouse years earlier.

Mistakenly receiving drugs in the mail and the question it raises

Even with the passage of HB 2238, which will eventually legalize the possession of hemp extract for certain people, Missouri still has some rather strict marijuana laws when compared to other states. Possession of even a small amount of marijuana can result in serious criminal charges that can lead to fines and even jail time.