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What Happens If I Miss Jury Duty?

By | 2023-05-16T08:13:13-05:00 April 19th, 2023|Criminal Law|

It is unlikely that anyone wants to get a letter asking them to report for jury duty. While it is a chore to some, it is a requirement by law. However, there are instances when someone might forget to go. When this happens, it is crucial that we understand our rights as citizens and what the next steps are. Fortunately, if you are ahead of the game, there are ways to postpone or reasonably excuse yourself from jury duty. If you get that letter in the mail, remember these tips. What to Expect If You Fail To Show Up For Jury Duty To be eligible for jury duty, you must be over the age of 21, a US citizen, clear [...]

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Are Twitter/Elon Musk’s Rapid Changes Breaking Employment Law?

By | 2023-03-06T05:15:42-06:00 March 6th, 2023|Employee Rights|

On October 27th, 2022, Elon Musk bought Twitter for $44 billion. He became the owner and CEO and immediately enacted changes with the hope of making the company more profitable. However, in order to make Twitter profitable, in the upcoming month, Musk made drastic changes and announced what it meant to work at the new Twitter. Musk laid off over half its workers, from high-up executives to contractors. With this massive and quick change, Twitter was immediately sued and is now questioned about breaking employment law. However, was what Elon Musk did to steer Twitter into a profitable new year really breaking employment law? As changes are still happening within the company, it is essential to understand what it means [...]

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Understanding Theft in Missouri

By | 2023-01-24T12:16:15-06:00 October 27th, 2022|Criminal Law|

Theft, also known as larceny, is one of the most common criminal charges. In Missouri, theft occurs when a person takes the property or services from another with the intent to deprive the owner without consent or by deceit or coercion. Theft can revolve around many different assets and can be seen as robbery, fraud, shoplifting, identity fraud, or embezzlement. Starting with a simple misdemeanor and working up to a class E felony, it is essential to understand the laws and what is at stake.

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What Is Evidence Tampering, and Can You Be Charged with Accidental Tampering?

By | 2023-01-24T12:13:36-06:00 October 13th, 2022|Criminal Law|

Evidence tampering occurs when someone tries to hide, destroy, or obscure the evidence to avoid legal consequences. This can be done by concealing, removing, destroying, or changing something before the trial. Evidence tampering can also be found within the courtroom by producing or presenting evidence that one knows is false or misleading to the case.

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Roe v Wade Overturned: What does it mean?

By | 2023-01-24T16:31:28-06:00 August 11th, 2022|Public Policy|

On June 24th, 2022, Roe v. Wade was overturned on a 5-4 vote, ending an almost 50-year federal protection over abortions in the first trimesters of a pregnancy. With the overturn causing an uproar of protests and social media activity, many are now asking what happens next and what it means to them. The decision to overturn Roe v. Wade was leaked back in May, leading people to be unsure if a right given to them in 1973 would be taken away almost fifty years later. Now that it has, it is essential to understand what this looks like in each state and how it affects people everywhere. Is Abortion Illegal Everywhere in the U.S. Now? No, but is has [...]

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The Current Roe v Wade Debate and What it Can Mean to Women’s Rights

By | 2022-05-26T09:09:57-05:00 May 26th, 2022|Public Policy|

In 1973, Roe v Wade changed the outlook of women’s rights to abortion throughout the country. The US Supreme Court took down the Texas statute banning abortion and made it legal for women to have the procedure in the United States. In the past, abortions were illegal throughout most states and would lead to women having an unwanted child, looking for unlawful abortion options, or seeking out medications that could help. This raised the rate of abortion medications being sold and doctors performing dangerous and illegal procedures. Soon, the medicines were also anointed illegal, and women’s right to abortions was cut in more ways than one. For many women and activists in the country, this caused outrage. Groups and people, [...]

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Frequently asked questions about FMLA

By | 2023-01-24T12:44:20-06:00 February 10th, 2022|Employee Rights|

Signed into law in 1993 by President Bill Clinton, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides eligible employees up to 12 workweeks of unpaid leave a year, and requires group health benefits to be maintained during the leave as if employees continued to work instead of taking leave. Employees are also entitled to return to their same or an equivalent job at the end of their FMLA leave. The FMLA also provides certain military family leave entitlements. Eligible employees may take FMLA leave for specified reasons related to certain military deployments of their family members. Additionally, they may take up to 26 weeks of FMLA leave in a single 12-month period to care for a covered service member with [...]

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What do you do if you’re pulled over for DWI?

By | 2023-01-24T15:46:08-06:00 September 29th, 2021|Criminal Law|

There are few things more terrifying than getting pulled over after you have been socially drinking with friends. Even if you have stayed within the legal limits, or have had several hours pass since your last drink, you can attract the attention of an officer with something as simple as a blinker-less lane change, or what could be perceived as irregular driving: driving too fast or too slow, turning indecision, or other actions that stand out. You could also just be driving at a time and place when officers are expecting drunk drivers. Regardless of how many drinks you may have had, and when you last had them, there are some basic principles that you should be aware of and [...]

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6 things you should know about police-civilian interactions

By | 2023-01-24T12:57:27-06:00 May 20th, 2021|Criminal Law|

While serving as enforcers of the law, police officers are not above the law themselves. When they fail to abide by the rules governing their actions, or infringe upon the civil rights of citizens, they can be held accountable. As an example, if a police officer is guilty of domestic violence, hit and run, or any other crime, a judge can sentence the officer to the same punishments as a civilian would face. The officer can serve time in prison, pay fines, and be on probation. This can apply to an officer’s actions on-duty as well. Arresting a person is a powerful tool for law enforcement. Arrests can be made when an officer witnesses a violation of the law, or [...]

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