Dee Wampler

About Dee Wampler

Dee Wampler has practiced law for 50 years has received many awards and honors. As Greene County’s youngest elected Prosecuting Attorney at the age of 29, Wampler’s reputation was quickly established as a leading trial attorney. Dee was an original organizer and first president Crimestoppers. Wampler has published over 250 articles for Law Enforcement Journals, and authored six books: Missouri Criminal Law Handbook; The Trial of Christ; The Myth of Separation Between Church and State; Standing on the Front Line; Defending Yourself Against Cops in Missouri, and other Strange Places; and One Nation Under God. His knowledge of criminal law and trial tactics is widely recognized.

Weaponized Police Drones Are Coming

By |August 16th, 2017|

Weaponized Police Drones Are Coming
By Dee Wampler
Small and unmanned aerial drones are being used by police and firefighters as a useful new tool with at least 347 agencies in 43 states now flying them. Drone deployment is an emerging technology, unheard of 10 years ago, and more and more police agencies are using the “flying […]

Is Miranda Required in Traffic Stops?

By |August 9th, 2017|

Is Miranda Required in Traffic Stops?
By Dee Wampler
Miranda v. Arizona warnings are not necessary during questioning pursuant to a routine traffic stop and statements made during a non-custodial traffic stop are admissible into evidence.

Roadside detentions may only last for a time necessary to conduct a reasonable investigation which includes “asking for the driver’s license, […]

Skirmish Lines Are Legal

By |July 26th, 2017|

Skirmish Lines Are Legal
By Dee Wampler
In Fort Worth, Texas (2012) police were protecting a gay pride parade and a protester disobeyed a police officer’s order to not cross a “skirmish line.”  The culprit was charged with interference with public duties under Texas law.  The defendant claimed it was a violation of his First Amendment right […]

No Doxing, Ghosting or Brandjacking

By |July 12th, 2017|

No Doxing, Ghosting or Brandjacking
By Dee Wampler
Missouri Law prohibits publicly posting or publicly displaying in any manner an individual’s social security number, or to publicly post or display or make available to the general public persons social security number which should be otherwise secure and encrypted. And no state agency may  publicly disclose any social […]

Fresh Pursuit

By |June 28th, 2017|

Fresh Pursuit
By:  Dee Wampler
Police may make an arrest outside their territory if invited by the sheriff of an adjoining county.  Officers in “fresh pursuit” may make an arrest outside the jurisdiction as long the pursuit begins inside his jurisdiction.
An officer who follows another vehicle without activation of siren or emergency lights would not be in fresh […]

Lawsuits Against Police

By |June 14th, 2017|

Lawsuits Against Police
By Dee Wampler
In a landmark U.S. Supreme Court case Graham vs. Connor the US Supreme Court considered a civil rights lawsuit under 42 USC Sec. 1983 (a 1983 lawsuit) where plaintiffs claimed that a police officer used excessive force in making a stop in violation of their secured to him under the Fourteenth Amendment.  […]

Open Fields v. Curtilage

By |May 31st, 2017|

Open Fields v. Curtilage
By:  Dee Wampler
A recent court case concerned a police officer conducting a “knock and talk” at the front door or a backwoods trailer home.  He did not invade the owner’s reasonable expectation of privacy when he walked around the back porch area and saw evidence of a meth lab on the back […]

Cursing and Recording Police Officers

By |May 17th, 2017|

Cursing and Recording Police Officers
By: Dee Wampler
State and Federal law strongly support freedom of speech but officers may not use force to stifle unwelcome criticism.
Recording police activity and engaging in public protests is fundamentally a “democratic enterprise” because it provides a check on those “who are granted substantial discretion that may be misused to deprive […]

Watch What You Post On Facebook

By |May 10th, 2017|

Watch What You Post On Facebook
By Dee Wampler
Brian Dutcher stated on Facebook that he was going to kill former President Barack Obama and was convicted of making a credible threat even though he only had sling-shot in his van. He had repeated his plan to law enforcement ahead of a presidential visit. 

Dutcher had told on […]

The Automobile Exception

By |May 3rd, 2017|

The Automobile Exception
By: Dee Wampler
The mobility of automobiles creates circumstances of an emergency or “exigency” that, as a necessity, rigorous enforcement of the warrant requirement is impossible since the expectation of privacy with respect to one’s automobile is significantly less than that relating to one’s home or office.
Police may search on probable cause if it […]