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 […]

Increased Use of Body Cameras

By |September 6th, 2016|

Body cameras are becoming expected, and they produce results
By: Dee Wampler
When Micah Johnson recently went on a shooting rampage in Dallas, body cameras by police were rolling with 170 hours of video of the mayhem. The footage is now stored in a sophisticated cloud computing system.

The major company is Taser International best known for making […]

Missouri: Stopped for Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) Tips

By |May 27th, 2016|

Stopped for a Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) in Missouri?
4 Helpful Tips

It is common knowledge that Missouri has presumption that a driver is impaired if they have a blood alcohol content (BAC) limit above 0.08. It can take as few as two drinks within in an hour to put an individual over the legal limit.  That […]

Can You Get Rid Of That Old DWI? Yes, It Is Time To Expunge Your Record.

By |February 6th, 2016|

Has it been 10 years since your DWI?  If so, then it’s time to get your DWI expunged.

What is expungement?          

Expungement is the process of closing records of an arrest, criminal conviction and/or finding of guilt. Expungement thus restoring you to the status you had prior to the incident occurring.  Once the expungement process […]

Joseph S. Passanise recognized by

By |March 8th, 2015|

Joseph S. Passanise has been recognized by as the 2014-15 Springfield, MO Criminal Defense: White-Collar “Lawyer of the Year.”

News with Missouri State Law regarding Expungement

By |February 26th, 2013|

Many of our clients were convicted of crimes years ago, and to this day, the consequences follow them. Sometimes this comes in the form of a denied job, other times it is simply a rain cloud of guilt that appears when they have to share a past offense for legal purposes.

We understand that mistakes happen.  Missouri’s […]