Dee Wampler’s Blog

Springfield Criminal Law Blog

Keep Your Eyes on the Road

Distracted driving is a real problem in Missouri (and in Greene County). That distraction from a text lasts a lot longer than you think! According to the National Safety Administration, if you are driving fifty-five miles per hour and you take your eyes off the road...

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Be Careful What You Throw Away

A Minnesota man was eating a hotdog at a hockey game when he wiped his mouth a with a napkin and tossed the remains in a trashcan. Authorities had been following him as a suspect in an unsolved murder in 1993. They dug the napkin out of the trash and used the DNA to...

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HIV is a Persistent Problem

The number of new HIV cases in Missouri is on Missouri on rises – and a disproportionately large number are in rural counties. Missouri is one of seven states with a “substantial rural burden” according to the Atlanta Center for Disease Control. Statewide there are...

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The Cannabis Dilemma For Hiring Managers

Ten states and Washington, D.C. have legalized recreational marijuana use. Lawmakers in Illinois, New Jersey, New York and elsewhere are pushing me to do the same. More than 60% of Americans support legalization, according to Pew Research Center, double the rate in...

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Beating ShotSpotter in Firearms Trials

Until 10 years ago, the standard gun trial consisted of police officers testifying that they recovered a gun from on or near the suspect and an “expert” concluding the gun was operable and/or manufactured out of state. Today, even the most routine gun cases commonly...

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Cannabis Coming to a Dispensary Near You

Three private-sector sources tied to Amendment 2’s development said, “It will be more than a year before Missouri patients will be able to step into a dispensary and legally buy marijuana as a doctor-recommended treatment”. State officials can edit the rules, but the...

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Drug Package Profile

The U.S. Postal Service and DEA has developed a drug packing profile to stop mail trafficking. Faced with a deluge of suspicious packing heading towards consumers, courts determine that any reasonable expectation of privacy in personal effects must give way to...

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