A New Missouri Criminal Code?

On behalf of The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C. posted in Criminal Law on Monday, January 28, 2013

Last week, legislators in both houses of the Missouri General Assembly introduced bills that would revamp the criminal code for the first time since 1979. While new crimes and other amendments have occurred in the last thirty years, no significant review and overhaul of the current system has transpired – until now.

The goal of the committee of the Missouri Bar that produced the recommended changes centered on simplicity and fairness. Some of the major changes include:

(1) Adding a new felony class (Class E) and a new misdemeanor class (Class D) so        that the gradations in punishment become …

Federal court sentences St. Louis man to 35 years in bank robbery

On behalf of The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C. posted in Criminal Law on Thursday, January 17, 2013

A federal court in Missouri recently sentenced a St. Louis man to 35 years in prison for his alleged part in an attempted armed bank robbery that left one person dead. According to investigators, the 25-year-old defendant and another man tried to rob a Kansas City bank on two separate occasions. Police say the first time the men forced a teller to hand over more than $8,000 while she was held at gunpoint. On the second attempt, the men are said to have discharged a shotgun at a 70-year-old security guard who later died from gunshot injuries.

Under criminal law, crimes that allegedly involve …

St. Louis woman sentenced in federal bank fraud case

On behalf of The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C. posted in Criminal Law and Fraud on Tuesday, January 8, 2013

White collar crimes, or crimes that are allegedly committed for the purpose of monetary gain, are typically nonviolent. However, this does not mean authorities consider them to be any less serious than violent offenses. In fact, white collar crimes are often handled by the federal courts system because they may involve the defrauding of a bank insured by the U.S. government.

A St. Louis woman recently found this out when she was accused of federal bank fraud. Law enforcement officials allege that while the 46-year-old was a supervisor for a healthcare business, she submitted falsified refund check requests to the company. …