Lawyer Jailed for 18 Months for Defrauding NFL Players
September 27th, 2017
A former Chicago attorney has been sentenced to 18 months for orchestrating a tax fraud scheme that defrauded millions of taxes from the IRS and financially harmed NFL players.
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Criminal Words to Know
September 20th, 2017
Courtesy of the Missouri Bar, here are a few legal words and their definitions regarding criminal law that you should be familiar with:
Bond – A promise to appear in court, which often includes a guarantee of money, and which is required for a person who has been arrested to get out of jail while waiting for a trial (sometimes called bail or a bail bond).
Charge – The formal statement that details what the arrested person is accused of doing. A charge may be brought: by an information, which is a sworn statement filed in court by a prosecutor; or by an indictment, which is filed by a grand jury.
Defendant – The person who is accused of committing a crime.
Evidence – Anything that can be used in court to show what is true and what is not.
Information and Indictment – The two types of documents that may be used to state the charge or charges against the defendant.
Guilty – Found, by either a judge or jury, to have committed the crime charged.
Grand Jury – Twelve citizens chosen from the community who hear evidence presented by the prosecutor and then decide whether the person arrested should be held for a trial. Grand jury meetings are held in private and are not open to the public or to a potential defendant.
(Petit) Jury – Twelve citizens chosen from the community who are asked questions to determine if they can be fair, who hear the evidence in a trial and decide what is true and whether the defendant is guilty or not guilty.
Not Guilty – The verdict required if the prosecution does not prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
Preliminary Hearing – A court proceeding where a judge hears evidence to decide if the person arrested should be held for trial. This is an alternative to a grand jury.
Probation – An alternative to time in prison or jail. Conditions can be set by the judge, and may be supervised by a probation officer. Violation of conditions may result in revocation of probation and imposition of time in prison or jail.
Prosecutor – The lawyer for the government, either state or federal.
Sentence – The length of time in prison, in jail or on probation that is ordered by the judge. In some cases, the sentence is set by the jury. For some crimes, the sentence can be a fine instead of time in jail.
Voir Dire – The process of questioning potential jurors to determine if they can be fair.
Waive – To voluntarily give up a right.
Bartending Trouble But No Party Foul
September 23rd, 2016
A person who holds a liquor license who serves liquor to a minor and the minor then causes an accident can be held liable for the damage that the minor caused. However, a person at a party who is hosting a party and provides liquor to a minor who causes an accident cannot be held liable for the damage that the minor caused.
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First Degree Burglary
August 26th, 2016
In order to be convicted of first degree burglary in Missouri, a person must break into a building where a person is present. If no one is in the building at the time of the burglary, then the person cannot be convicted of first degree burglary.
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Resisting Arrest – A Felony or a Misdemeanor?
July 13th, 2016
A recent Missouri court determined that there are varying degrees of a resisting arrest charge. In order for a resisting arrest charge to be considered a felony, Missouri must provide evidence that the arrest was for a felony charge. Without establishing a felony charge, it is considered a misdemeanor. If you have recently been charged with a crime, contact our office at 816-524-4949 or check out our website at Hoorfarlaw.com.
Possession Needed for Arrest
July 5th, 2016
Under accomplice liability in Missouri, the law does not allow possession of pseudoephedrine with the intent to use it in making methamphetamine. It was recently found, however, that a person must be in possession of the pseudoephedrine at the time of the arrest in order to satisfy the essential elements of the crime. If you have recently been charged with a drug related crime, contact our office at 816-524-4949 or check out our website at Hoorfarlaw.com.
Kansas Votes Not to Release Police Body Cams
September 1st, 2015
In a 40-0 vote, the Kansas Senate voted that police body cams were exempt from the state’s open records act. This means that police would only have to release the video to the defendant of a criminal charge. However, if the police decide to release the videos on their own, they are allowed to do so.
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