Is Miranda Required in Traffic Stops?

By |January 23rd, 2017|

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, requesting the driver to sit […]

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

By |January 9th, 2017|

By: Dee Wampler

Our Changing Constitutional Carry
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, background checks, and permits […]

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 […]

Bill Cosby and Prior Bad Acts

By |October 28th, 2016|

The admissibility of prior bad acts complicates Bill Cosby’s defense
By: Dee Wampler
There are now thirteen women that want to testify to the same thing – that comedian Bill Cosby gave them a pill (or some other intoxicant) sometimes hidden at the bottom of a fizzy glass of champagne, a glass of wine, or soda. When […]

The Blue Wall of Silence

By |October 25th, 2016|

The Blue Wall of Silence stands between corrupt officers and the public
By: Dee Wampler
The “blue wall of silence”, known as the “blue code” or “blue shield”, denotes an unwritten rule that exists among a tiny minority of law officers not to report a colleague’s errors, misconduct, or crimes. If questioned about an incident of misconduct […]

Nixon’s Veto Overridden: Conceal and Carry Expanded

By |October 18th, 2016|

By: Dee Wampler
The Missouri General Assembly has voted to override Governor Jay Nixon’s veto of a gun bill that will expand concealed carry in the state and expand our rules for legal use of force. It expands Missouri’s existing Castle Doctrine in which you can now “stand your ground,” wherever you have a legal right […]