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The Lost Spring

Criminal Defense Attorney Corona Virus St. Louis

The Lost Spring   Please note that this is different from my usual blog content, but we are dealing with different times right now. When we look back, the Spring of 2020 will be The Lost Spring. We have had our fair share of spring rain showers and March has given us temperatures from the top of the thermometer to the bottom, but we lost out on so much more. For sports fans we have lost out on March Madness, Opening Day, and The Masters, all sure fire signs of spring. Spring break beaches and barbecues evaporated (for most of us) before our...

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Corona Virus Closes Missouri Courts

Missouri Supreme Court Reacts to Corona Virus The corona virus and the associated COVID-19 has upended daily life in the St. Louis area and throughout Missouri. Finally after days of uncertainty surrounding court dockets and schedules, the Missouri Supreme Court handed down a sweeping declaration on Monday, March 16th, closing courts statewide until at least April 6th. There are few exceptions to the closures, mostly for emergency situations, and a few for confined defendants. Although confined defendants will continue to have some dockets, they will only be seen by video and will not be transported to court. There are two main concerns...

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Drug Sniffing Dogs As Accurate As a Coin Flip, Study Says

Drug Lawyer St. Louis

Drug Sniffing Dogs Score Poorly in Testing Drug sniffing dogs are often used by law enforcement to try to locate drugs during traffic stops, at houses, in postal packages, among many other situations. Historically, the courts have viewed these highly trained dogs as an important factor when determining whether there was probable cause to allow law enforcement to take the next steps, often a search that would be illegal in the absence of probable cause. Two problems with these drug sniffing dogs have come to light. One, which I will write about more in depth next week, has to do with...

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St. Louis Connection for Breath Test Problems

DWI Breath Test Defenses

Michigan Breath Test Issues Stem from St. Louis Company Last week came news that the Michigan State Police had written a letter to all law enforcement agencies and prosecutor's offices in Michigan to inform them of flaws with breath tests used in conjunction with DWI investigations in Michigan. A local St. Louis connection has been exposed as a major part of the problem with the Michigan breath testing machines. The machines at issue were manufactured by Intoximeters right here in St. Louis. A total of 203 Datamaster DMT machines manufactured by Intoximeters have been taken out of service in Michigan since...

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