Felonies

State divided on issue of checkpoints to deter drunk driving

By On behalf of Harper, Evans, Wade & Netemeyer / May 4, 2017 /

Sobriety checkpoints are frequently utilized by law enforcement agencies. Police officers use the checkpoints as a means to reduce drunk driving by identifying those who are operating vehicles while under the influence of alcohol. However, a debate about the checkpoints has arisen in the Missouri legislature. The Missouri State House of Representatives had previously introduced…

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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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Distracted driving could result in personal injury cases

By On behalf of Harper, Evans, Wade & Netemeyer / April 20, 2017 /

Texting while driving has become an increasingly serious problem in Missouri and elsewhere around the country. Police say that the behavior is deadly and often leads to fatal accidents. Reports show that personal injury and fatalities result from car crashes when drivers fail to put down their phones. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol,…

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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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3 charged with DUI felonies likely focused on criminal defense

By On behalf of Harper, Evans, Wade & Netemeyer / April 6, 2017 / Comments Off on 3 charged with DUI felonies likely focused on criminal defense

According to Missouri prosecutors, three people have been charged with the felonies of persistent driving while under the influence. The arrests were made in South St. Louis County and Kirkwood over the last several months. While any driving while intoxicated charge is considered serious, a persistent DUI charge carries greater potential consequences, should someone be…

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Crash may lead to personal injury case against driver's estate

By On behalf of Harper, Evans, Wade & Netemeyer / March 29, 2017 /

Driving the wrong way on a road in Missouri or elsewhere around the country is a dangerous behavior. Often, this action may result in accidents, causing both property damage and personal injury. When a fatality occurs as a result of wrong-way driving, the victim’s surviving family members may choose to file a wrongful death case.…

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Research shows teens are wired to engage in risky driving behaviors

By On behalf of Harper, Evans, Wade & Netemeyer / March 24, 2017 /

It may not come as a surprise that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that drivers between the ages of 16 and 20 have a significantly higher risk for being in a car accident than any other age group. However, recent research indicates that inexperience behind the wheel may not be the only…

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The evidentiary issues of police body camera footage

By On behalf of Harper, Evans, Wade & Netemeyer / March 23, 2017 / Comments Off on The evidentiary issues of police body camera footage

Around the country, law enforcement agencies are adopting body camera technology. The purpose of this effort has been to gather better evidence, to encourage greater transparency and for accountability. However, as body cameras have become more prevalent, glaring issues with the technology have become apparent. Any new technology has hiccups, but body camera evidence has…

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Is recent drug arrest in Hannibal a case in point?

By On behalf of Harper, Evans, Wade & Netemeyer / March 22, 2017 /

In our last entry, we explored the issue of police traffic stops and how they so often end up leading to serious criminal charges. As we noted, such cases are of events. What such actions should trigger, though, are questions about whether police overstepped their authority and acted in violation of the Fourth Amendment right…

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Children might have difficulty dealing with unexpected deaths

By On behalf of Harper, Evans, Wade & Netemeyer / March 17, 2017 /

When a child loses a loved one, it can be difficult to help the child understand what happened. Some children don’t have the level of comprehension necessary to make discussing death with them easy. Unfortunately, there isn’t much that you can do to remedy the pain that the child is likely to feel. Consider these…

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