Missouri Criminal Law
Missouri criminal law and procedure is detailed in a series of codes contained in the Missouri Revised Statutes. The following is a discussion of common issues in Missouri criminal law. For more detailed information, or if arrested and charged with a crime in Missouri, contact a Missouri criminal defense attorney.
Drug Possession in Missouri
Missouri drug statutes divide punishments by the type of drug, the quantity of the drug, and the nature of the possession.
There are many factors that determine punishment in Missouri. For specific information on a case, or if arrested on a drug charge in Missouri, contact a Missouri criminal lawyer.
Assault in Missouri
Missouri assault charges encompass what many people think of when they hear the term "assault and battery." Assault crimes in Missouri are divided into three degrees:
For specific information on a particular assault incident, or if arrested for assault in Missouri, contact a Missouri criminal defense attorney.
Missouri Drunk Driving – DUI
A first time DUI offender in Missouri faces consequences such as a possible jail sentence up to six months, a fine, license suspension or restrictions from 30 – 60 days, increased insurance requirements, an assortment of fees, and a possible requirement of an ignition interlock device on the car. For specific information on a DUI charge, or if arrested for a DUI in Missouri, contact a Missouri DUI attorney.
Right to a Jury in Missouri
Missouri provides defendants with the right to be tried before a jury. A defendant may waive this right in writing or orally before the court. For misdemeanors and other petty crimes unless a defendant objects and demands a jury trial a judge will try the case without a jury.
Trial Date in Missouri
A Missouri defendant has a right to a speedy trial, but Missouri statutes do not specify the time frame in which a date must be set. If a defendant requests a speedy trial, the court will set the case for as soon as possible. Either party in a Missouri criminal trial may request a continuance, and it will be granted upon a showing of good cause.
Sentence Review / Appeals in Missouri
Following a conviction, a Missouri defendant may make a motion to the trial court for a new trial on the basis of specific errors in the trial or judgment. A defendant may also appeal to overturn a conviction or sentence alleging errors in the trial or judgment. Motions for new trial and appeals require timely attention to procedure and detail; contact a Missouri defense attorney for more information.
Missouri Criminal Law and Procedure Statutes
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