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Understanding Missouri’s new expungement law

by Thomas D. Carver, Carver, Cantin & Mynarich Missouri’s new expungement law went into effect Jan. 1, 2018, and it substantially expands the list of crimes eligible for expungement. However, many crimes will remain ineligible. Broadly speaking, class A felonies, dangerous felonies as defined in §556.061 RSMo, any offense requiring registration as a sex offender,

Revised Criminal Code narrows cases where students could be charged for schoolyard fights

The Missouri Revised Criminal Code, drafted by The Missouri Bar, took effect Jan. 1, 2017. Its implementation ushered in the first major updates to the Criminal Code in 35 years, and the changes were backed by a range of organizations. Senate Bill 491 directing the changes was originally passed with overwhelming support in the House

Governor signs bar-drafted, criminal-record-sealing bill into law

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon today signed into law Senate Bill 588—legislation that will make it easier for rehabilitated, former offenders to petition the court to close criminal records to the public. Supporters believe the update will help convicted individuals who have completed their sentence  get jobs. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Bob Dixon, R-Springfield, was

Close of legislative session sends bar-drafted bills to the governor

As the 2016 Missouri legislative session came to a close May 13, several bills drafted and sponsored by The Missouri Bar made it one step closer to becoming law. This year, 10 of the 12 proposals sponsored by The Missouri Bar were approved by the General Assembly. A condensed summary of successful bar-sponsored bills follows.

Missouri Legislature sends bar-drafted, criminal-record-sealing bill to governor

Some previously convicted individuals are one step closer to having their criminal records sealed after completion of a sentence thanks to bar-drafted legislation the Missouri Legislature passed Wednesday. The measure, SB 588, passed the House by a vote of 143-12 and the Senate voted 25-7 in favor, sending the bill to the governor for consideration.

Missouri chief justice delivers State of the Judiciary speech

Photo courtesy of Tim Bommel, Missouri House Communications

Speaking to a joint session of the Missouri General Assembly in Jefferson City, Supreme Court of Missouri Chief Justice Patricia Breckenridge delivered the State of the Judiciary Address on Jan. 27. After providing a brief introduction on her background, Breckenridge – who was appointed to the high court in 2007 and has served as chief

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