What Happens If I Miss Jury Duty?

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 [...]

By | 2023-05-16T08:13:13-05:00 April 19th, 2023|Criminal Law|Comments Off on What Happens If I Miss Jury Duty?

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

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 [...]

By | 2023-03-06T05:15:42-06:00 March 6th, 2023|Employee Rights|Comments Off on Are Twitter/Elon Musk’s Rapid Changes Breaking Employment Law?

Understanding Theft in Missouri

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.

By | 2023-01-24T12:16:15-06:00 October 27th, 2022|Criminal Law|Comments Off on Understanding Theft in Missouri

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

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.

By | 2023-01-24T12:13:36-06:00 October 13th, 2022|Criminal Law|Comments Off on What Is Evidence Tampering, and Can You Be Charged with Accidental Tampering?

Roe v Wade Overturned: What does it mean?

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 [...]

By | 2023-01-24T16:31:28-06:00 August 11th, 2022|Public Policy|Comments Off on Roe v Wade Overturned: What does it mean?

Can You Still Get a DWI If You Are Under 0.08%

All fifty states, including Missouri, follow strict driving while intoxicated (DWI) laws and regulations to ensure the safety and accountability of motorists. Federally, the blood alcohol concentration level stated to be illegal is 0.08%. For many, this may make it seem as if you have a lower BAC; no penalties are given. However, with a BAC of 0.08%, that only allows law enforcement to arrest drivers immediately, with no need for additional evidence against the driver. However, a conviction can be given with or without a BAC level. Law enforcement must find evidence of impairment for a DWI to be given. Swerving, missing stop signs, running red lights, physical attributes, and other irregularities in driving laws can be seen as [...]

By | 2023-01-24T12:36:04-06:00 July 27th, 2022|Criminal Law|Comments Off on Can You Still Get a DWI If You Are Under 0.08%

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

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, [...]

By | 2022-05-26T09:09:57-05:00 May 26th, 2022|Public Policy|Comments Off on The Current Roe v Wade Debate and What it Can Mean to Women’s Rights

Frequently asked questions about FMLA

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 [...]

By | 2023-01-24T12:44:20-06:00 February 10th, 2022|Employee Rights|Comments Off on Frequently asked questions about FMLA