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 …

Missouri man turns himself in for kidnapping young girl

On behalf of The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C. on Thursday, November 8, 2012

In general, kidnapping occurs when an individual takes another individual from one location to another without that person’s consent and against his or her will. An individual can also face kidnapping charges if he or she confines an individual to one controlled space. Kidnapping is a violation of federal criminal law, and those who face charges of kidnapping can also face serious penalties. Therefore, these types of charges should be taken very seriously. In addition, it is always helpful to seek out an attorney who will be an advocate and put forward a rigorous defense.

A Missouri man is facing kidnapping charges for allegedly taking a 5-year-old girl …

Numerous Missouri residents face drug trafficking charges

On behalf of The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C. posted in Federal Crimes on Monday, October 29, 2012

When an individual faces a drug charge, no matter what the circumstances surrounding the charge, it should always be taken very seriously. However, the good news is that the penalties that judges hand down in federal drug offenses will not necessarily be as severe as they have been in the past. This is because the law judges use to sentence in cases involving drug charges now makes prescribed sentencing ranges advisory only instead of mandatory. This allows judges to sentence in varying ways that are more fitting for the nature of the crime.

This may be good news for the 21 residents of Missouri that are facing …