Springfield Sodomy Case: Attorney Dee Wampler representing Cole

By |March 2nd, 2017|

Springfield Catholic student charged after police say he twice sodomized 17-year-old boy
Attorney Dee Wampler discusses the firm’s entry into a new case, where a young man is accused of sodomy of another young man. The News Leader quotes Wampler in the article as saying, “….Cole is a high school senior with a 3.9 grade point average who […]

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|

When does “knock and announce” not apply?
The Fourth Amendment requires all police 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 injury to […]

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 […]