When someone faces criminal charges, he or she may appear in court multiple times as part of the legal process. However, many people only go to court once for an arraignment when charged with driving while under the influence, as those accused of a DWI related charge tend to plead guilty. However, some Missouri residents may want to know what could happen before trial when one chooses to fight an alcohol related charge.
An April 10, car accident resulted in multiple traffic violations for a 31-year-old male driver from Lebanon. At approximately 6:55 p.m., a 43-year-old driver contacted local police to report a suspected drunk driver on Route MM. The alleged drunk driver was traveling in a Chevrolet Monte Carlo when he narrowly missed hitting the 43-year-old driver's vehicle in a full head-on collision. Police report that the other driver proceeded to follow the Chevrolet driver, at which point he swerved and nearly collided with two additional vehicles.
A bill regarding the provision of alcohol to minors is making its way through the Missouri legislature. Testimony was taken on March 17, and no opposition to the bill was voiced. The bill would make providing alcohol to minors a felony, increasing the potential penalties from those that are currently imposed.
The St. Louis Police Department arrested a woman for allegedly firing a gun out of an apartment window on Feb. 28. The incident occurred at an apartment building located in the 4600 block of Gravois.
A recently-published study on memory may interest individuals in Missouri. According to its findings, false memories may be successfully implanted in individuals over just a few short sessions. The researchers successfully convinced around three-fourths of their subjects that an event had occurred in their past when it had not. The study may have implications in the criminal justice system and on the practice of interrogating people suspected of involvement in a crime.
Prosecutors with the St. Louis Circuit Attorney's Office refused to charge a man on Dec. 17 who had been detained on suspicion of first-degree burglary by police officers. According to the prosecutors, there was not sufficient evidence for them to charge the man.
Missouri drivers may be interested in some general information about felony DWI. While DWI is generally considered a misdemeanor, certain circumstances can elevate the criminal charges to the level of a felony.
A St. Louis college student was charged for DWI and assault after an alleged hit-and-run accident that injured two fellow students. Although the accident reportedly took place in late April, the accused Washington University student was just recently detained on July 24. The college senior and former dean's list student was booked on criminal charges and held on a $20,000 bond.