201601.06
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Municipal Courts and the need for an attorney

The news media has shed light on a number of issues recently with municipal courts in the St. Louis region.   As an attorney who has practiced in states other than Missouri, the municipal court system here is unique. The St. Louis metropolitan area has dozens of municipal courts, and navigating them can be difficult for…

201501.30
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Early prison release under Missouri Statute § 217.362 – The Sandknop case….

In mid-2014, Christopher Sandknop (Relator) filed a petition seeking a writ of mandamus compelling the Honorable Steven Goldman Respondent) of St. Louis County to immediately release Relator on probation pursuant to § 217.362 RSMo Supp. 2004. Sandknop’s argument was that § 217.362 requires a circuit court, upon a chronic offender’s successful completion of a long-term treatment program, to either immediately…

201501.30
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Contested vs. Non-Contested Divorce

Ending a marriage is never a simple process and many families struggle with the cost of a divorce case. However, it can be simpler in some situations when the spouses are able to remain civil and agree between themselves how to divide the marital assets, deal with custody and support issues, and handle any other matters. Also…