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How Does a Prosecuting Attorney Charge me With a Crime?
For a prosecutor to charge you with a crime in Missouri the prosecutor only has to demonstrate that he or she has “probable cause”. Probable cause derives from the 4th Amendment. It is defined as having sufficient reason to believe a crime has been committed. There has to be a sufficient legal basis to charge you with a criminal offense. If there is a reason to believe that a crime has been committed based upon known facts or property in your possession has been identified as stolen or connected with a crime, etc. NOTE: Probable cause laws in Missouri were designed to protect your rights against wrongful prosecution and conviction, though many attorneys and legal scholars believe these laws do not go far enough to protect the rights of citizens. [Read more…]