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Today our founder Kim Benjamin presented a free webinar about Medical Marijuana and the Law in Missouri with her esteeme...
05/08/2020

Today our founder Kim Benjamin presented a free webinar about Medical Marijuana and the Law in Missouri with her esteemed colleagues, Laurie Snell, Aubrey-Gann Redmon, Allison Kort and Roya Hough. Nearly 200 people attended. It was a great success!

If the shooters were 2 black men shooting a white man, they'd be arrested, charged and already facing the death penalty....
05/08/2020
Dispatcher: 'What was he doing wrong?'

If the shooters were 2 black men shooting a white man, they'd be arrested, charged and already facing the death penalty. This is a tragic example of race discrimination in America. And truly disgusting.

Moments before Ahmaud Arbery was shot dead on a public street on a Sunday afternoon in February, 911 dispatchers received the first of two calls about his presence in the

05/07/2020

Driving while intoxicated is a serious offense in every state in the United States, including Missouri. A person who is charged with a DWI offense will often face a variety of repercussions including significant fines, jail time, license suspension, or a mix of these. https://www.dwicriminallawcenter.com/Kansas-City-DWI-Lawyers/ Call us today: 816-281-5306

05/05/2020

If you've been arrested for a DWI, you know it can be a stressful, scary experience. When you find the right DWI lawyer, you can rest assured that you have a dedicated advocate on your side every step of the way. https://www.dwicriminallawcenter.com/Kansas-City-DWI-Lawyers/ Call today: 816-281-5306

Over 70 percent of tested inmates in federal prisons have COVID-19
05/02/2020
Over 70 percent of tested inmates in federal prisons have COVID-19

Over 70 percent of tested inmates in federal prisons have COVID-19

The response from the federal Bureau of Prisons to the growing coronavirus crisis in prisons has raised alarm among advocates and lawmakers about whether the agency is doing enough to ensure the safety of the nearly 150,000 inmates serving time in federal facilities.

Age discrimination at work is not legal in Missouri - but with the pandemic we're seeing more of it than ever.Book an ap...
05/02/2020
The pandemic has amplified ageism: “It’s open season for discrimination.” — Los Angeles Times

Age discrimination at work is not legal in Missouri - but with the pandemic we're seeing more of it than ever.

Book an appointment for a free consultation if you are feeling you are a victim of employment discrimination at www.BenjaminLawKC.com.

Coronavirus: As the debate rages over when or how to resume public life, older adults have increasingly seen behavior and rhetoric that implies their lives are not as valuable as reviving the economy.

HEY MISSOURI LAWYERS!!!  Join our founder Kim Benjamin in a seminar for lawyers who need to know how to deal with the co...
05/02/2020

HEY MISSOURI LAWYERS!!! Join our founder Kim Benjamin in a seminar for lawyers who need to know how to deal with the courts and their clients who have been certified to possess or cultivate medical marijuana.

Every 10 minutes, there is approximately one arrest for DWI in Missouri. No two DWI cases are the same, so hiring a DWI ...
04/30/2020
Kansas City DWI Lawyers - Free Case Review from MDCLC LLC

Every 10 minutes, there is approximately one arrest for DWI in Missouri. No two DWI cases are the same, so hiring a DWI lawyer who has worked on a wide range of cases is vital to securing your rights, your freedom, and your future. Call today: 816-281-5306

The Kansas City DWI Lawyers at the Missouri DWI & Criminal Law Center can help if you’ve been arrested for driving while intoxicated.

04/28/2020
Meet Kimberly from Benjamin/Missouri DWI & Criminal Law Center

Tune in to our Youtube channel to learn how attorney Kimberly Benjamin began her law career and became one of the best criminal defense lawyers in Missouri. Call today for help with your case: 816-281-5306

We work tirelessly to hone our skills as defense attorneys because that's what our clients deserve and expect. If you are facing criminal charges, your freed...

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04/24/2020
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Missouri Department of Corrections spokeswoman Karen Pojmann said no inmates at any other Missouri prison have been found with the illness.

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04/24/2020
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In a statement, Parson said Dimetrious Woods, since his release, has demonstrated himself to be a contributing member of society as a business owner and father.

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04/24/2020

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04/23/2020

MO GOVERNOR DOES GOOD THING!!!

Gov. Parson grants clemency to Columbia business owner
By: Associated Press April 23, 2020

A Columbia man who was facing a return to prison after a three-year legal battle over his parole said he was overwhelmed to learn Wednesday that Missouri Gov. Mike Parson had granted him clemency.

Dimetrious Woods said he was called to Parson’s office Wednesday to be told that he would not be returning to prison after an earlier parole on a drug charge was overturned by the courts. He said he suspected he was going to hear good news because he was told he didn’t need a lawyer for the meeting but should bring his youngest son instead.

“But I didn’t count on it until I heard it,” Woods said. “I am delighted. I definitely didn’t think the governor would go to this dramatic of a decision while he was dealing with everything around the coronavirus.”

Parson said in a news release that he commuted Woods’ sentence because he had become a successful and contributing member of society since he was released from prison in 2017.

It was the first clemency request granted by Parson out of an estimated 3,500 awaiting action.

“This was an act of mercy for a man that had changed his life,” Parson said. “Placing him on house arrest was the right choice under these unusual circumstances.”

Woods said his sentence technically runs until 2029 and the governor used the language about house arrest because it is part of the statute. He said Parson told him he expected Woods’ life to go on as it has since he was released from prison “because I haven’t been in any trouble since then.”

Since his release, Woods opened an auto detailing shop and a food truck in Columbia, and has been a role model to his five children, while also speaking to and mentoring at-risk young people.

“He has been basically the picture of how going to prison for rehabilitation is supposed to work,” said one of his attorneys, Taylor Rickard. “He did exactly what he was supposed to do while in prison and since then.”

Woods was back at work Wednesday afternoon because an employee had called in sick. He admitted it hadn’t completely set in yet that he no longer had to worry about prison.

“This is my life now and I am overwhelmed that I get to keep doing it,” he said. “I’ve just got to keep on going like I have been.”

Woods was sentenced to 25 years in prison without parole after being convicted in 2007 under a state law that required that sentence for cases involving prior and persistent drug offenses.

The law’s provisions were changed in 2014 and Woods was granted parole after a Cole County judge ruled the changes should be applied retroactively to Woods and others.

However, the Missouri Department of Corrections challenged the judge’s ruling and the Missouri Supreme Court ruled in February that the changes in the sentencing law should not have been applied retroactively to Woods and other inmates.

The court declined to hear Woods’ request for a rehearing on that issue in March.

Rickard said it was not clear how Parson’s decision to commute Woods’ sentence would affect about 120 current inmates who were sentenced under the same sentencing guidelines as Woods.

Get the facts about the 16th Judicial Circuit Court of Jackson County, Missouri and the County Municipal Court from the ...
04/23/2020
Jackson County Missouri Court - Missouri DWI & Criminal Law Center

Get the facts about the 16th Judicial Circuit Court of Jackson County, Missouri and the County Municipal Court from the experts at our firm. Call today with any questions: 816-281-5306.

“Jackson County Missouri Court” refers to both the state’s 16th Circuit Court in Kansas City and the county’s municipal court located in Independence.

CASA is an organization of volunteers that represent children in abuse and neglect cases in the Jackson County Juvenile ...
04/21/2020
CASA seeks volunteers as child abuse, neglect cases expected to grow

CASA is an organization of volunteers that represent children in abuse and neglect cases in the Jackson County Juvenile Court. Right now they are training volunteer court appointed special advocates online. So, if you've ever thought about giving back in this way, and have some time around the house to be online learning, this is a great organization that could use the help. If you don't have the time to become a casa, click the link below and give them a donation.

Group says children are not in school and aren't being seen by teachers, doctors

Facing a case in the Jackson County Missouri Court? The Missouri DWI & Criminal Law Center explains everything you need ...
04/21/2020
Jackson County Missouri Court - Missouri DWI & Criminal Law Center

Facing a case in the Jackson County Missouri Court? The Missouri DWI & Criminal Law Center explains everything you need to know. Call us today for help with your case: 816-281-5306

“Jackson County Missouri Court” refers to both the state’s 16th Circuit Court in Kansas City and the county’s municipal court located in Independence.

Lighter traffic during the #covid19 pandemic means it may be easier to speed on the roads... Slow down! Not only is spee...
04/18/2020
Are cops issuing Speeding Tickets during COVID? - Missouri DWI & Criminal Law Center

Lighter traffic during the #covid19 pandemic means it may be easier to speed on the roads... Slow down! Not only is speeding dangerous, but you can still be pulled over and ticketed. https://www.dwicriminallawcenter.com/are-cops-issuing-speeding-tickets-during-covid/

Are you seeking the top criminal defense attorney in Kansas City, Missouri (MO)? Look no further! 44+ Years Experience. Top Trial Lawyers. Awarded by Peers.

Some things haven't changed during the #covid19 pandemic: sex offenders must still adhere to registration requirements. ...
04/17/2020
How do Sex Offenders Register During the COVID Quarantine? - Missouri DWI & Criminal Law Center

Some things haven't changed during the #covid19 pandemic: sex offenders must still adhere to registration requirements. However, the process for doing so has changed. Learn more with our latest blog: https://www.dwicriminallawcenter.com/how-do-sex-offenders-register-during-the-covid-quarantine/

Are you seeking the top criminal defense attorney in Kansas City, Missouri (MO)? Look no further! 44+ Years Experience. Top Trial Lawyers. Awarded by Peers.

04/16/2020

JACKSON COUNTY, MO COURTS:

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED, effective immediately and continuing through May 31, 2020, unless modified or extended in a subsequent Administrative Order, as follows:

1. The Court Administrator is Ordered and authorized to suspend the impaneling of all jurors. All jury trials scheduled through May 31, 2020 are hereby continued and will be rescheduled to a later date by the judicial officer presiding over said case.

2. All nonessential court related travel for staff and judicial officers is canceled.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that to the extent the directives and declarations set forth in this Administrative Order differ with the Court’s prior Administrative Orders 2020-053 and 2020- 064, this Administrative Order controls.

THIS ORDER MAY BE AMENDED AS CIRCUMSTANCES REQUIRE. IT IS SO ORDERED.

April 16, 2020 Date
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David M. Byrn, Presiding Judge

Learn more about the different Jackson County Missouri courts. And if you're facing a case, call us today: 816-281-5306
04/16/2020
Jackson County Missouri Court - Missouri DWI & Criminal Law Center

Learn more about the different Jackson County Missouri courts. And if you're facing a case, call us today: 816-281-5306

“Jackson County Missouri Court” refers to both the state’s 16th Circuit Court in Kansas City and the county’s municipal court located in Independence.

Craig and I volunteered with Polly today to help members of the Kansas City Police Department at a free clinic to obtain...
04/16/2020

Craig and I volunteered with Polly today to help members of the Kansas City Police Department at a free clinic to obtain their medical DPOA/living wills. We were honored to help our men and women in blue who face challenges daily as they serve the public. 💙💙💙

Missouri, New Hampshire, and New Jersey have an Expungement Initiative pending that could help people with prior marijua...
04/15/2020
Social Equity Programs in Cannabis – Worth their Weight? | JD Supra

Missouri, New Hampshire, and New Jersey have an Expungement Initiative pending that could help people with prior marijuana convictions. Learn more about the social equity programs in cannabis here:

As the legal cannabis industry has expanded across the US over the past decade, green is the most prominent color seen in this space. In addition to...

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Kansas Highway Patrol targets drivers coming from Colorado after legalization of marijuana, lawsuit alleges. 93% of drivers stopped by KSHP in 2017 were out-of-state plates. Lawsuit: Kansas Highway Patrol targets out-of-state drivers By: Associated Press January 30, 2020 Ninety-three percent of the Kansas Highway Patrol’s traffic stops in 2017 involved cars with out-of-state plates, according to a lawsuit challenging the practice as an infringement on motorists’ constitutional rights. In an amended lawsuit filed Thursday on behalf of three plaintiffs, including two Oklahoma brothers who initially filed the complaint, the American Civil Liberties Union of Kansas and a Kansas City, Missouri, law firm contend that the traffic stop statistics show that the Kansas Highway Patrol specifically targets out-of-state drivers, including many on the main highway connecting Kansas with neighboring Colorado, because that state’s legalized marijuana. The case began as a hand-scrawled complaint filed last December by the two irate brothers, but it got significant legal backing when the ACLU and the law firm, Spencer Fane LLP, joined their cause. The lawsuit, which lists the Kansas Highway Patrol, its superintendent Herman Jones, and two troopers as defendants, argues that specifically targeting out-of-state drivers infringes on such drivers’ constitutional protection from illegal searches and seizures. The Kansas Highway Patrol said it cannot comment on pending litigation. The revised complaint, which also seeks class-action status, contends that the highway patrol has had a laser-like focus on drivers traveling Interstate 70, which the agency has designated a “drug corridor.” Out-of-state motorists driving on that interstate constituted 96% of all of the agency’s reported civil forfeitures from 2018 to 2019, the lawsuit contends. Two-thirds of those motorists were either drivers of color or they had passengers of color in the vehicle. The complaint also challenges a law enforcement practice known as “the Kansas Two Step,” a maneuver used to detain drivers for canine drug searches. The maneuver, which is included in the agency’s training materials, is a way to break off an initial traffic stop and attempt to reengage the driver in what would then be a consensual encounter. The way the “Kansas Two Step” works is this: A trooper stops a vehicle with out-of-state plates under the pretense of a minor traffic violation. The trooper issues the driver a ticket or warning for the infraction, then turns around and takes a couple of steps away from the vehicle before turning around and asking the driver to agree to answer additional questions. When the driver denies transporting anything illegal, the trooper requests consent to search the car. If the driver declines to consent to a search, the trooper detains the driver for a canine drug search. The federal lawsuit was filed by Joshua Bosire, a black man who lives in Wichita, where he works as an engineer in aviation. He travels on I-70 twice a month to visit his 4-year-old daughter, who lives in Littleton, Colorado. On a return trip from visiting her last February, Bisure was driving a rental car that had a Missouri license plate when he was stopped for driving 6 mph (9.7 kph) over the speed limit. Bosire was detained for 36 minutes before a drug dog arrived. No drugs were found. The two other named plaintiffs are Elontah Blaine Shaw and Samuel Shaw, Native American brothers who live in Oklahoma City. Elontah Shaw works as an Uber driver and travels I-70 through Kansas several times per year to visit family and friends in Colorado. They were subjected to a drug dog search during traffic stop for speeding in December 2017. They were released from detention after an hour and a half. Troopers did not find any illicit drugs. Lauren Bonds, legal director for the ACLU of Kansas, said in a news release that the detained drivers endured canine unit searches and that one was subjected to a personal pat down on the side of the highway. “The standard for this kind of invasion of privacy has to be higher than out-of-state plates, a Colorado destination and minority status,” Bonds said. “This practice is unconstitutional on many levels.” An average of more than 10,000 motorists and their passengers drive through Kansas on I-70 each day, according to the complaint. The state estimates that about 7,820 of them each day are traveling to or coming from Colorado.
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Missouri attorney general sues city of Marshfield over ticket quotas By: Associated Press December 10, 2019 Missouri’s attorney general has announced he’s suing the city of Marshfield for allegedly using traffic ticket quotas to generate revenue. In the lawsuit, Republican Attorney General Eric Schmitt’s office claims that Marshfield’s police chief pressured officers to write more tickets beginning in 2018 as a way to boost city funds. Marshfield is about 27 miles east of Springfield, Missouri. The lawsuit alleges that police Chief Doug Fannen asked police to write at least 16 tickets a month and posted officers’ statistics to the agency bulletin board. After Schmitt sued another city in April for using traffic ticket quotas, Fannen allegedly said the other city’s police chief “messed up” by documenting the quota policy. “With this lawsuit against the City of Marshfield, we’re sending a clear message to municipalities across the state: even if you don’t write your traffic ticket quota policy down, we will take action to hold you accountable,” Schmitt said in a Monday statement. In a statement provided by city Administrator John Benson, Marshfield officials disputed enacting traffic quotas. Missouri banned the use of ticket quotas following protests in Ferguson over the 2014 fatal police shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18 year old. Brown’s shooting didn’t involve a traffic stop, but his death and the sometimes violent protests that followed drew attention to concerns about the mostly white police force’s treatment of the predominantly black residents of the St. Louis suburb, including the use of police to collect revenue through traffic fines and court fees. Schmitt sponsored the ticket quota legislation during his time as a state senator. The lawsuit against Marshfield also claims that city officials discouraged a whistleblower from speaking out against the city’s use of ticket quotas. The whistleblower, who at the time worked as a police officer, resigned after facing “disparate treatment,” according to the lawsuit. Fannen allegedly asked another officer to tell the whistleblower that if the resigned officer told the Attorney General’s Office about the ticket quotas, he would “pursue a felony charge against the resigned officer on an unrelated issue.” Marshfield officials denied that Fannen tried to intimidate the whistleblower.
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