New law would make Missouri drug dealers easier to find

Randy England- criminal defense lawyerSuppose someone is not an illegal drug user, but would like to become one. None of his friends sell drugs. Perhaps none of them can recommend a reliable drug dealer. Where can he turn?

Missouri House Bill 1242, prefiled by Cassville Representative David Sater, would direct the Highway patrol to create and maintain a public database of drug dealers. Since selling illegal drugs is … well … illegal, Missouri has no licensing scheme to assure consumers that they are patronizing knowledgeable, experienced drug dealers. Under HB 1242, consumers would finally have some assurance that they are not dealing with inexperienced providers.

In fact, only sellers who have at least one conviction (or finding of guilty) for distributing illegal drugs will be placed on the approved list of drug dealers. The Highway patrol will provide the dealer’s name, date of birth, what drug offenses they committed along with any other information the patrol determines is necessary to be able to identify the person.

With such information at hand, consumers should find it easier to find a drug dealer in their area.

Drug dealers wishing to stay on the official list will have to get a new conviction for drug dealing at least every seven years, which should not present any undue hardship.

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Can I get a ten year old Missouri DWI erased from my record?

expungeIt’s called an expungement, and in Missouri, any qualified person can get one (but only one).

If you have a single DWI or other misdemeanor alcohol related driving offense that is ten years old, the law provides a way for most people to make that mistake disappear forever. The effect of an expungement order is to restore you to your status prior to your DWI arrest, plea or conviction–as if such event had never taken place.

Expungement requires filing a petition with the court in which you originally pled guilty or were convicted. After a criminal background check, you must prove–-in a hearing–that you have not been convicted of any alcohol-related driving offense in the prior ten years and have have no alcohol-related enforcement contacts (like a license revocation) during the preceding ten years, nor have any alcohol-related driving charges or alcohol-related enforcement actions pending. The court will then order expungement of all official records of your arrest, plea, trial, conviction and related administrative actions.

In addition to the expungement of the records, you cannot later be found guilty of perjury or otherwise giving a false statement for failure to admit to the expunged arrest, plea, trial or conviction (no matter who asks or why).