Drug Charges

Missouri man facing drug charges after search

By On behalf of Harper, Evans, Wade & Netemeyer / April 27, 2017 /

Police officers in Missouri and throughout the country often conduct searches as part of an investigation when there is suspicion of unlawful behavior. There are guidelines in place for the law enforcement agencies to ensure that these searches are conducted appropriately. A recent search in Monroe County resulted in the arrest of a Madison man…

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4 arrested on drug charges after bust near school

By On behalf of Harper, Evans, Wade & Netemeyer / April 13, 2017 /

Drug-free zones were established in Missouri and around the country in an effort to minimize the risk to children from being exposed to drug-related activities. If someone is convicted of drug charges in a drug-free zone, that person is likely to face more serious consequences for the same activity than if it had occurred elsewhere.…

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Officer's right to search not a given in a traffic stop

By On behalf of Harper, Evans, Wade & Netemeyer / March 16, 2017 /

It is not at all unusual to see the following lead in news stories these days. “A traffic stop led to the arrest of a suspect on drug charges.” Whether you live in Missouri or some other state, it is not uncommon for authorities to stop a driver and then leverage the stop into an…

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Drug sentences continue to be "ridiculous"

By On behalf of Harper, Evans, Wade & Netemeyer / May 20, 2016 /

There is an ongoing debate over what is a ‘proper’ sentence for drug-related offenses. No one argues that major dealers trafficking substantial amounts of Schedule I drugs should not be sentenced to long jail terms. Most are willing to agree that first time offenders, found with trivial amounts of drugs such as marijuana probably should…

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Medical marijuana in Missouri-a legal no-man's land

By On behalf of Harper, Evans, Wade & Netemeyer / April 29, 2016 /

Medical marijuana has been a difficult issue for parents in many states. For those with children who suffer from medical conditions such as autism or seizures, there is anecdotal evidence that such children can be helped by the active ingredients in marijuana. States like Missouri passed laws that permit the use of cannabidiol (CBD). The…

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The application of justice may not be just

By On behalf of Harper, Evans, Wade & Netemeyer / April 22, 2016 /

The symbol of the court system is often the figure of Justice, depicted as an enrobed woman wearing a blindfold, holding scales in her hand. Justice is blind because she is supposed to dispense justice without regard to position or power. Said another way, if you do the crime, you’ll do the time. That is…

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On the Supreme Court, no one for the defense

By On behalf of Harper, Evans, Wade & Netemeyer / April 1, 2016 /

Half a century has passed since the last Supreme Court justice who had experience as a defense attorney was named to the court in 1967. Justice Marshall remained on the court until 1991. He had tried numerous cases as a criminal defense attorney and had experienced the harshest aspects of last century’s justice system as…

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Criminal fines, in more than one way

By On behalf of Harper, Evans, Wade & Netemeyer / October 29, 2015 /

  Much has been made of the use of fines and other charges associated with the criminal justice system. The aftermath of Ferguson here in Missouri has brought in to focus the heavy subsidy these fines and fees provide for the courts, prosecution and even the police. The use of fines and fees no longer…

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Missouri traffic stop raises key questions about legal search and seizure

By On behalf of Harper, Evans, Wade & Netemeyer / August 28, 2015 / Comments Off on Missouri traffic stop raises key questions about legal search and seizure

Police officers do not automatically have a right to search your vehicle in a routine traffic stop. There must be probable cause to conduct a search, and a traffic violation such as speeding, failure to signal or a broken tail light does not in itself constitute probable cause to search. Still, many drug charges are…

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Racial bias in our laws lessen, still not perfect though

By On behalf of Harper, Evans, Wade & Netemeyer / June 26, 2015 /

There were a lot of lessons to be learned from the incident in Ferguson. For many across Missouri, including here in Columbia, one of the main lessons learned was that racial bias is still prevalent in our society, perhaps even among law enforcement officers who are tasked with upholding a law that is supposed to…

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