Urine Or You’re Out

By |March 2nd, 2017|

By Dee Wampler
A recent court decision considered a DWI refusal statute in Minnesota, and the court considered whether police officers could obtain a warrantless urine test.  The court held it does not fall within the search incident-to-arrest exception of the Fourth Amendment’s warrant requirement.       The intrusion into the motorist’s privacy interest […]

What Is A Bully?

By |February 28th, 2017|

By Dee Wampler
Twenty-five years ago a “bully” was a kid shoving or beating a kid up on the playground. Today, a bully doesn’t have to use fists but could be a faceless, hidden person hiding behind a text message, a Facebook post, or a Snapchat.

Schools today are working for zero tolerance for […]

Dee Wampler and Joseph Passanise Receive “Best Lawyers” and “Best Law Firm” Recognition

By |February 14th, 2017|

Dee Wampler and Joseph Passanise Receive “Best Lawyers” and “Best Law Firm” Recognition
SPRINGFIELD, MO: Dee Wampler and Joseph Passanise have been recognized again as “Best Lawyers” and the firm has been recognized as a “Best Law Firm” by U.S. News & World Report. Mr. Wampler and Mr. Passanise are not new to this honor as […]

Etiquette On a Bus

By |January 23rd, 2017|

Crime on a bus is charged differently
By Dee Wampler
A new 2017 law provides for a Class “B” felony of bus hijacking for the use of force or violence of any type on a bus.

Any intimidation, threat, assault, or battery with the intent to commit a hi-jacking with the use of a deadly and dangerous weapon […]

The Requirement to “Knock and Announce”

By |January 10th, 2017|

By: Dee Wampler

When does “knock and announce” not apply?
The Fourth Amendment requires all police3 officers “knock and announce” their identity and purpose entry into your house or apartment even with a search warrant.¹
The “no-knock entry” is always present in felony drug cases, especially where there is an extremely high risk of serious, if not deadly […]

New Gun Laws in 2017

By |January 9th, 2017|

By: Dee Wampler

New gun laws are changing the landscape for self-defense
The new Missouri constitutional-carry law (2017) provides:

Removes the permitting requirement for carrying a concealed weapon (with a few exceptions);
Expands the state’s existing Castle Doctrine to include guests such as babysitters, who now can defend the property as if it is their own;
Individuals who carry concealed […]

Constitutional Carry: Update on Gun Laws

By |January 9th, 2017|

Our Changing Constitutional Carry: Update on Gun Laws
By: Dee Wampler
Our new gun law (2017) expands Missouri’s existing Castle Doctrine in which you can now “stand your ground,” wherever you have a legal right to be, should you be threatened with serious or deadly force. It eliminates current requirements requiring Missouri citizens to obtain training, education, […]

Illegal Aliens Can Have Guns

By |December 20th, 2016|

By: Dee Wampler

The Second Amendment blankets more than just citizens
Mariano Meza-Rodriguez, a citizen of Mexico, was arrested in August 2013, carrying a .22 caliber cartridge. He was arrested after causing armed disturbances at several bars. After a foot chase, they apprehended him and patted him down turning up a loaded weapon. Video Surveillance at the […]

Ghosts of Ferguson Doesn’t Scare High Court

By |December 20th, 2016|

By: Dee Wampler

Unconstitutional detention can lead to Constitutional searches
An officer’s lack of reasonable suspicion to stop a pedestrian doesn’t taint evidence gained in a search conducted after the officer has discovered that the person has a valid arrest warrant. (Somewhat similar to the arrest of Michael Brown.)¹
In June, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Utah […]

Officer May Not Grab Car Keys

By |December 9th, 2016|

When does an officer overstep his bounds?
By: Dee Wampler
An officer with the Kansas City Police Department observed a vehicle enter an intersection and act suspiciously. The license plate was called in and the vehicle was stolen. He followed the vehicle but lost sight of it, proceeded to drive up and down nearby streets looking for […]