When Discovery Can Start

July 28th, 2014

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Missouri has said that discovery on a defendant cannot be served until the defendant either enters their appearance or receives service of process. If discovery is served before that time, then no response is required. To learn more, check out this case: Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District- WD79587.

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IRS gives bonuses to their employees who didn’t pay their taxes

July 24th, 2014

In April of 2014, the IRS announced that it gave out almost $1.1 million in cash bonuses over a two year period to their employees who did not pay or underreported their taxes. In addition, the IRS gave out $2.8 million in bonuses to 2,800 employees who were involved in disciplinary actions. On top of the cash awards, the disciplined employees received 27,000 hours of extra paid time off. When learning of their mistake, the IRS was going to cancel the awards but has since changed their mind and has agreed to let them stand.

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No Guns for Criminals

July 23rd, 2014


Missouri has said that a person can be disqualified from obtaining a concealed carry permit for anyone who has been convicted of any felony or a misdemeanor involving weapons. So be good out there if you want to obtain or keep your concealed carry permit.

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Don’t Shoot Those Cars

July 22nd, 2014


A Missouri Court of Appeals case has said that shooting at a motor vehicle is against the law. But you should already know this. If you’re interested in finding out why Deandre shot at a car, check out this case: State of Missouri vs. Deandre J. Key. Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District- WD75596.

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Don’t Do Drugs…And Admit It

July 21st, 2014


pillsMissouri can charge you with driving while intoxicated if you are driving erratically, have slurred speech, and admit to have taken drugs. These three things give an officer probable cause to write you up a ticket for driving while intoxicated. If you have a DUI pending, contact our office at 816-524-4949.
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Changing Venue (Courts)

July 17th, 2014


Once you are served with a summons, you have sixty days to file a motion to change venue in Missouri if you want to change where the court is held. If you have been sued, you can contact our office at 816-524-4949 or check out our website at


Sex Offenders in Public Parks

July 16th, 2014


Missouri has held that the state can have a law prohibiting sex offenders from loitering in a public park. Because it is a criminal law, it cannot be found unconstitutional under the Missouri constitution. If you have been charged with a crime, contact us at 816-524-4949 or visit our website at


Proving that You’re Drunk

July 15th, 2014


When charged with a DUI or DWI, the state must show that they had probable cause to stop the driver and to test them for drunk driving. Evidence that the driver consumed alcohol does not, by itself, establish probable cause to believe that the driver committed an alcohol related offense. If you have been charged with a DUI or DWI, you should consider calling our office at 816-524-4949 or visiting our website at


Cars Without Titles

July 14th, 2014


Missouri does not allow a car to be sold without the title being delivered to the buyer. The title does not have to be delivered at the same time that the car is sold, but it does need to be delivered. Failure to deliver the title can result in the buyer suing the seller. If this has happened to you, contact our office at 816-524-4949 or visit our website at


Tax Free Balloon Rides

July 11th, 2014


Due to a Missouri Supreme Court decision, Missouri has ruled that hot air balloon rides are exempt from sales tax. To learn about the Balloons Over the Rainbow case, check out : Balloons Over the Rainbow, Inc., Appellant vs. Director of Revenue, Respondent. Missouri Supreme Court – SC93039.

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