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THE REVAMPED CRIMINAL CODE

As of Jan. 1, major changes to Missouri’s Criminal Code took effect, prompting many lawyers to spend the time leading up to the New Year preparing for the changes.

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Criminal Code Series

“Stair-step” approach to felony sentencing The addition of a new felony class came out of discussions about a gap that exists between current felony classes. FINE ONLY OFFENSE While the new felony class may be the biggest change in the ...

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Criminal Code: About

With 2017 already underway, it’s time to be thinking about the major changes to Missouri’s criminal code that are now in effect. Under the new code, the law is “changing substantially” in certain areas, said Gwenda Reneé Robinson, who co-chairs ...

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Code Makers: Jason Lamb

Jason Lamb co-chaired the Missouri Bar’s Criminal Code Revision subcommittee. The committee drafted the bill that went before the legislature and ultimately, after some revisions, passed in 2014. Lamb received the Missouri Bar President’s Award in 2011 for his work ...

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Code Makers: Bob Dixon

Bob Dixon, R-Springfield steered the revision of the criminal code. He is the chairman of the Senate’s Judiciary and Civil & Criminal Jurisprudence committee. He is only the third non-attorney to serve in that position in the committee’s 193-year history ...

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Code Makers: Eric Jennings

The revisions to the criminal code prompted many questions from legislators who did not necessarily have a background in law. Those questions ultimately fell to Eric Jennings, chief of staff for Sen. Bob Dixon, R-Springfield. Jennings ended up curating information ...

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Code Maker: Stanley Cox

Stanley Cox, a former Republican House member, became part of the effort to revise the criminal code at an early stage, when he was asked by The Missouri Bar to take part. Cox “worked the bill” in the house, while ...

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Code Maker: Jolie Justus

Former Democratic Sen. Jolie Justus came on board in working on the Criminal Code revisions in 2012 when The Missouri Bar completed a consensus document and asked her to file it. Much work followed, including dozens of hearings, revising, re-revising ...

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Court OKs expungement for mistake over gun at airport

Eastern District

A Missouri appeals court ruled Tuesday that a man caught with a gun in his bag at airport security can have his arrest record expunged because, as a concealed carry permit holder, what he did wasn’t a crime.

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Fine schedule rises; lesser-included charges created

Missouri’s Revised Criminal Code, which goes into effect in January, includes the first change to the state’s fine schedules since 1977. “Those fines have been adjusted for inflation and have obviously gone up as a result of that and have ...

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Lawyers vie for House, Senate seats

A total of 32 lawyers will appear on Missouri Legislative ballots on Tuesday. That might be enough to increase the number of lawyers in the House. But the Senate is another story.

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