Criminal Law: Right to Remain Silent

Law enforcement officers provide a beneficial service to our community. I appreciate their service, especially when it involves responding to a call that I have placed requesting assistance. However, I am writing today from a different perspective; I am writing as a lawyer practicing criminal law in an effort to educate you about an individual’s […]

Community Caretaker Exception to Fourth Amendment

I appeared in the United States Court of Appeals yesterday to argue an issue addressing the continuing erosion of the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution. The Fourth Amendment protects our rights as individuals to be free from unlawful searches and seizures by law enforcement. A search of a person’s home without a search warrant […]

Traffic Stop

Yesterday I served as a lecturer for a Missouri Bar continuing legal education course regarding traffic stops for lawyers. Lawyers, like most professionals, are required to obtain a set number of continuing education hours each year. The course material covered a variety of topics involving traffic stops, to include an officer’s authority to initiate a traffic stop […]

Missouri Auto Stops

On October 30, 2014, I will be speaking at a Missouri Bar Continuing Legal Education Seminar concerning Missouri Auto Stops – Practical Strategy and Analysis For New and Experienced Practitioners.  This seminar will include discussion of various searches and seizures, DUI/DWI stops, drug searches, field sobriety checkpoints, and many other matters. For more information on […]