August 9, 2016

New Police Tactics for Rural Missouri DWI Cases

New Police Tactics for Rural Missouri DWI Cases It has recently come to my attention that some counties in Missouri are employing a bold new strategy for the investigation of DWI cases. The police in these counties have been told not to administer any field sobriety tests as part of a drunk driving investigation. This bold strategy comes directly from the elected prosecuting attorney in those counties, which raises significant issues about the role of a prosecutor in criminal investigations, but I will get to that in a minute. The goal of this new strategy is to keep skilled DWI […]
July 26, 2016

Can a DWI Be Expunged in Missouri?

Although many crimes cannot be expunged in Missouri, a DWI is one of the exceptions. Not only can a DWI be expunged in Missouri, but if a person meets the statutory requirements for expungement, then the court must grant the expungement. This is a major difference from the limited expungements available in other types of criminal cases where the expungement is at the discretion of a judge. The requirements that must be met for a DWI to be expunged are laid out in RSMo Section 577.054, those requirements are:   Ten years must pass from the time of the offense; […]
July 26, 2016

St. Louis Criminal Lawyers File Suit Against Police

Two St. Louis criminal defense lawyers and a civil rights attorney have filed a lawsuit in federal court seeking compensation for a client due to police and prosecutor misconduct. The criminal case that led to this lawsuit is the local equivalent to the Netflix documentary Making a Murderer. Lincoln County police, with the assistance of the Lincoln County prosecutor handling the case, ignored key pieces of evidence that were proof a man charged with murdering his wife was actually innocent. Based on the police’s own timeline, the husband had an airtight alibi because he was nearly thirty miles away at […]
July 19, 2016

What is the Difference Between DUI and DWI?

When people find out I am a DWI defense lawyer I get asked a number of questions, but one common question is “What is the difference between a DUI and a DWI?” I even remember getting asked this question back when I was in law school and really had no idea about the answer. There was a time back then when I had the mistaken belief that one was related to alcohol intoxication and the other was related to drug intoxication. That answer was wrong, that is not the difference between a DUI and a DWI. The real answer to […]
July 13, 2016

Is Uber the End of DWI’s? What About Self-Driving Cars?

As a DWI defense lawyer I get asked these questions often. The Uber question has been much more frequent since Uber finally came to St. Louis last year. The self-driving car question is starting to pop up more and more as well. The truth of the matter is that Uber is only an improvement on an option that was already available to people: taxis. Uber is much more efficient, and I do believe people are less likely to drive drunk now that Uber is an option because it overcomes several obstacles that have plagued the taxi industry such as long […]
May 7, 2014

Underage Drinking Targeted in Missouri Communities

On behalf of The Law Office of Jason A. Korner posted in Underage Drinking on Wednesday, May 7, 2014. Underage drinking is becoming an increasingly important issue throughout Missouri, especially in the wake of a new study that shows surprising results. The Youth Risk Behavior Survey reveals that about two in five Missouri teens have consumed alcohol within the past 30 days. This behavior is dangerous because it could lead to an underage drunk driving charge, which can have serious consequences even for a first offense. The study showed that about 8 percent of the youngsters had driven after drinking, […]
December 4, 2013

Young Missourians More Likely to Drink Underage During Holiday

On behalf of The Law Office of Jason A. Korner posted in Underage Drinking on Wednesday, December 4, 2013. Thanksgiving is a time for family gatherings, over-indulgence in delicious food and last-minute grocery shopping. Would you believe that this innocuous holiday is also the most common time for underage drinking to occur? That’s right: The night before Thanksgiving is widely known as the biggest night for underage drinking. Many of those drinkers may be prone to driving even after illegally consuming booze. Young people who consume alcohol and get behind the wheel during the holidays could face big penalties, even […]
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