Western Missouri sees first synthetic drug arrest

On behalf of The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C. posted in Federal Crimes on Friday, November 30, 2012

There has recently been a lot in the news about the production and distribution of synthetic drugs. One of the most common synthetic hallucinogens to hit the news has been a substance sold under the title of bath salts. The distribution of these drugs, although often represented as legal, is considered by the justice system as an illegal drug offense.

Some Missouri residents may not have heard much about these substances because not many arrests have been made for their production or distribution in all parts of the state. However, that may soon change as authorities recently arrested three family members in Missouri for their alleged …

Missouri residents accused of illegally obtaining unemployment benefits

On behalf of The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C. posted in Fraud on Monday, November 19, 2012

The current state of the economy is tough, and there is talk of another economic downturn or recession before the situation improves. When times are difficult, sometimes people are enticed to partake in activities that are not typical of their usual behavior. Sometimes these activities may involve efforts to obtain additional money to make ends meet.

Residents of Missouri should be aware that certain activities in which individuals engage to obtain extra money are illegal. These illegal activities may fall under the branch of white collar crime, such as fraud or embezzlement. The act of fraud or embezzlement usually involves a scheme in which something of value …

11 St. Louis locals charged with conspiracy

On behalf of The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C. posted in Conspiracy on Friday, November 16, 2012

Although many think of government cover-ups and stories of spy scandals when a conspiracy is mentioned, the truth is that they are taking place at all times in cities across America. Some who have begun to engage in criminal activity with others may even be a part of a conspiracy themselves and not realize it.

When multiple people plan illegal acts with each other in secret, they run the risk of being caught and faced with strict conspiracy charges in addition to other criminal offenses. Late last month, numerous St. Louis area residents faced this very situation. 11 people from both Missouri and Illinois face a …

Missouri men guilty on charges of conspiracy to commit arson

On behalf of The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C. posted in Criminal defense on Wednesday, November 14, 2012

A Missouri restaurant owner and two accomplices have been found guilty of conspiracy and arson in connection with the fire at the Hereford House restaurant four years ago. The man, who was a partial owner of the restaurant, the Hereford House, was named Restaurateur of the Year in 1997 and received a hospitality award in 2001. However, the business began to struggle with the development of the Power & Light District. The three men were found guilty of burning down the restaurant to collect insurance money.

Conspiracy to commit a crime is a violation of federal criminal law. By definition, conspiracy is an agreement between at …