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St. Louis Law Blog

How many traffic violations will result in a suspended driver’s license?

Traffic tickets are synonymous with fines, with the amount you must pay based on your offense's severity. But more than the fines, the state tracks your traffic violations until you hit a certain point where the authorities will have to suspend your license. But how many violations does it take until officials suspend your license? The points...

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Can you drive again after a DWI in Missouri?

If you are caught driving while intoxicated (DWI), you could lose your driving privileges. After a DWI arrest, police will confiscate your license and replace it with a temporary permit that will expire in 15 days. Getting to work, picking up kids from school, or going to the hospital for emergencies can be difficult without a valid driver's...

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What is an advance directive?

When making an estate plan, one type of document that you can use is known as an advance directive. Not all estate plans have these documents, but they help you go beyond what you can do with a standard will. That being said, there are different types of advance directives that you can use. Many of them, although not all, are based around medical...

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The 3 types of distracted driving

Distracted driving happens in many different ways. People often assume that it means someone was looking at their cellphone. It can mean this, but it’s important to remember that other things also cause distraction. As such, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has defined three specific areas of distraction. They are as follows:...

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Why reasonable suspicion matters in your DUI case

The U.S. Constitution protects you from illegal searches by law enforcement. Therefore, outside of a planned sobriety checkpoint, a police officer cannot randomly pull you over to check whether you are driving drunk. They must have justifiable reasons to do so, referred to as “reasonable suspicion.” It does not mean that the officer must have...

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