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Arrest for traffic violation possible result of traffic stop

Most motorists have committed some kind of traffic violation during their driving years. Generally, the offense yields a punishment that is manageable for most people, such as a fine or community service. However, there are those drivers who stand accused of much more serious traffic-related crimes that carry harsher sentences upon conviction. One Missouri county recently released statistics that may show residents just how important it is for motorists to defend themselves against serious traffic violation charges.

The county sheriff's office published statistics of how many traffic stops its officer's made during 2018. In just that county alone, there were nearly 11,500 traffic stops. Officers made an average of 31 stops daily, and the overwhelming majority of stops were due to moving violations. In 424 of the stops, officers conducted a search of the vehicle. Forty-three percent of the time, those searches yielded some type of prohibited item.

Criminal defense: CFO accused of embezzlement

A person accused of a white collar crime stands to lose a great deal with a conviction. It is a crime that prosecutors take very seriously no matter what type of business is involved. A conviction can result in jail time, fines and other punishment. Even just the accusation can result in damage to a person's reputation and career, so it is imperative that anyone accused of a white collar crime has a thorough criminal defense strategy. This may be what one Missouri CFO will need in relation to accusations that he embezzled almost $4 million from his company.

The accused man worked as an executive for a parent company that owns several waterbed and mattress stores. His normal salary was around $90,000 a year. Authorities say that he wrote around 500 checks to himself from his company's accounts. They allege that he used the money to gamble, take several vacations and pay for his home. The amount he is accused of embezzling is $3.8 million.

Woman arrested with suspended license, methamphetamine

Driving is a necessity in today's world, as most people need a car to get themselves to work, school or other important places. If a person has his or her license suspended here in Missouri, it can dramatically change day-to-day life. Many people choose to drive even if they have a suspended license out of necessity. However, if they are arrested, charges can pile up and make a bad situation even worse. This is what one woman may be facing after her arrest for driving with a suspended license and possession of methamphetamine.

Officials claim that the woman drove to pick up her boyfriend and bond him out of jail. The local sheriff said he and other police recognized her and knew her license was on suspension. They were booking her for that offense when they say that she reached into her clothing for something. They claimed that they saw her on their security camera with a bag of meth on her person.

Personal injuries; the potential to impact every aspect of life

Personal injuries can, and do, change people's lives every day. Whether it's a slip-and-fall accident that results in a moderate brain injury or a car crash that ruptures a lung, people who suffer injuries deserve to receive all the help they need to recover as much as possible.

Personal injuries vary significantly. Typically, your medical provider in Clayton will describe your injury as minor, moderate or acute. Acute is the most serious. Chronic injuries mean that they occur time and time again. For example, a head injury may cause chronic migraines (migraines that occur several times or persistently).

Workers' compensation: Fall Prevention Safety Stand-Down

One of the most common accidents in Missouri workplaces involves falls. Many companies across the country are encouraged to participate in the National Fall Prevention Safety Stand-Down, which takes place this year from May 6 to 10. A number of employees who experience a fall at work often rely on workers' compensation as a part of their healing process. Organizers of the week-long event hope to raise awareness of potential hazards in the workplace and teach employers and employees safety strategies.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is helping to promote the event, which has been going for six years. OSHA's website has educational material in both Spanish and English to help companies facilitate various events. The site has fall safety videos, a training guide, fact sheets and more. OSHA expects that millions of employees will participate in the Stand-Down.

Car accident claims the life of off-duty firefighter

When a fatal car crash happens, it can have a ripple effect on the lives of all family members. They may question why such a horrible event happened to someone they love and wonder if anything could have prevented the car accident. This is likely the case for a family in mourning who lost a father, who was also a firefighter, in a recent crash here in Missouri.

Authorities say that the crash happened on a recent early morning when police attempted to pull over a different man for multiple moving violations. The man allegedly did not stop and instead sped off. Though police initially gave chase, they said they ended their pursuit when the man reportedly reached driving speeds of up to 90 mph. Police also claim that the man did not stop driving dangerously even when they stopped chasing him.

Thorough criminal defense needed for drug charges

Law enforcement in Missouri generally does its best to keep citizens safe. However, this doesn't mean that officers are above reproach. Many cases seem cut and dried when looking at purported evidence, but when legal professionals take a closer look, there is often more to the story. This makes a comprehensive criminal defense a necessity. This could be the case in the recent arrest of a Missouri man whom authorities have charged with multiple felonies.

Police say that the man was arrested after a traffic stop last month. Officers allege that the man was driving without a light on his license plate and without registration. When the man was pulled over, an officer claimed that he saw a glass pipe in the lap of the accused. The officer claimed that when he searched the accused, after removing him from the vehicle, he found the accused had 61 grams of methamphetamine on his person. The officer also alleged that the accused put the meth back into his pants after the officer had placed the drugs on the hood of the patrol car and resumed searching the accused.

Gun play can result in need for criminal defense

How often as children did people play cops and robbers, or act out John Wayne scenes from movies? Toy guns were prolific when baby boomers were children and not considered an issue in Missouri. A toy gun for Christmas was at the top of many wish lists. This is illustrated in the very popular movie "A Christmas Story," where all Randy wants for Christmas is a BB gun. Sadly, childhood games have morphed into a different reality as so many households have guns, and accidental shootings have become an issue and their outcomes often necessitate a criminal defense.

A common safety practice is not to have guns loaded, or to keep them safely locked up. In a recent incident in Fulton, one of these precautions may not have been followed. A woman and her boyfriend were watching a movie, and her boyfriend reportedly suggested they play out one of the scenes that involved a gun. The woman allegedly fired the gun, replaying a scene, and her boyfriend was fatally injured.

Driving while drunk in Missouri? The penalties are harsh

Driving while intoxicated is a serious offense, and Missouri has specific laws that dictate how you can be penalized if convicted. There are numerous types of alcohol actions, such as those for drug or alcohol-test refusals, administrative alcohol arrests and alcohol- and drug-related convictions.

The thing you should be most concerned about is the number of convictions on your record. To start with, if this is your first arrest for a DWI, that puts you in a better position than if it is your fourth or fifth. On a first offense, you will lose your license for 90 days on a suspension. However, you may be able to qualify for Restricted Driving Privilege licensing, which allows you to drive to certain places or during certain times.

Workers' compensation benefits are payable regardless of fault

Work-related accidents in Missouri and nationwide that involve an element of fatigue as the cause of the accident are a serious problem. About 13 percent of workplace injuries are attributable to fatigue or sleep problems, according to the National Safety Council. The NSC is seriously committed to confronting the problem and has published an extensive report on the subject of an employer's development of an effective risk management system for dealing with fatigue. Although work-related accidents must be compensated by workers' compensation insurance benefits regardless of fault, the dangers to workers of this widespread problem are severe enough to warrant a close look at potential preventive measures.

Part of the problem is that many workers may view fatigue as a necessary evil and deride its importance due to the prevailing workplace culture. The direct result of this attitude is the occurrence of worker injuries and deaths that could have been prevented. Transparency with respect to the existence of fatigue in the workplace must be a mainstay of any program that intends to seriously confront the problem. Workers must feel free to discuss their problems regarding uncontrollable tiredness or sleep-related events.

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