Black defendants in Missouri and throughout the country are more likely to be detained while their legal cases play out. They also tend to receive higher bail amounts than white defendants. Research has shown this to be true regardless of whether the judge is white or black. However, research has also shown that experience can play a role in overcoming racial bias in the justice system.
Many people think that crimes committed by minors do not carry very serious consequences. The reality of the situation is that many states have very strict laws, especially concerning minor in possession (MIP) charges. In fact, an underage individual may be arrested even if he or she appears to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs in Missouri.
You may think nothing of getting behind the wheel after a few drinks. You know you are safe to drive, but then you're stopped by law enforcement. Maybe you swerved while driving, or perhaps there is a roadblock enforcement effort underway to reduce impaired driving in the area. Suddenly, you're spending a night in jail instead of your own bed and facing a driving while intoxicated (DWI) charge.
If you are in the wrong place at the wrong time when illegal drugs are involved, you may lose all you've worked hard to achieve in college. Whether you are caught up in a drug bust, your dorm is raided or your roommate is caught with drugs, you may be subject to arrest. A drug crime conviction will not only expose you to the possibility of expensive fines or jail, your education may also be in jeopardy.
A Missouri man was charged with several felonies after a UPS driver who visited his home on Dec. 6 called 911. According to reports, the accused man's wife handed the UPS driver a package that contained the words 'contact 911." The UPS driver then called the authorities shortly after leaving the couple's Union residence.