Category Archives: Criminal Law

Unlawful Search and Seisure

The Supreme Court just unanimously gave the nation’s multitude of police officers more power to search your person and property and seize anything they might use against you in a criminal charge.

It’s another nail in the coffin of the U.S. Bill of Rights.

Read about it by clicking here.

Bond Reduction

When a court first issues a warrant for arrest for someone charged with crime they usually set a “cash only” bond of $7,000 or more. This means that when someone is arrested they will have to pay that specific amount in cash to the court before they can be released from jail. Most people do not have $7,000 in cash, must less more than that. This means that the charged defendant must sit in jail until he raises $7,000 or more or hires a good attorney to file court pleadings to reduce his or her bond.

The prudent thing to do therefore, when one is arrested, is to immediately hire an attorney. As your attorney I will file an entrance of appearance in your case and a motion to reduce your bond at the same time. I am usually able to get your bond reduced within 24 to 48 hours after you retain this firm.

I work with several bondsmen in this area including some who are willing to write your bond for as little as $100 down. For example, if the judge sustains my motion to reduce your bond of $7,000 cash to $5,000 cash or surety bond, then the bondsman will charge you a total of $500 for your bond, but you will be able to get your bond issued for as little as $100 and then make payments. This means that you will  usually be able to get out of jail very quickly after contacting and retaining this law firm.

Call The Hall Law Firm LLC today at 573-729-2229 and ask to speak to Glenn Hall.

Criminal Law

During my 24 years of practicing law I have handled a wide variety of criminal law cases. My cases have included everything from minor traffic tickets to rape cases. In fact my last two jury trials were rape cases wherein both of my clients were found “Not Guilty.” I tried one of those cases in Dent County Missouri and the other in Washington County Missouri.

I do not recommend going to trial on every case. If a client has actually committed the crime he or she was charged with, then I usually recommend accepting the prosecuting attorney’s plea bargain if one is offered.

I look at every case individually and then give my best advice to my client. If you need a good criminal law attorney, then call me, Glenn Hall, today at 573-729-2229.

Lifetime Ban for Drunk Driving?

Lifetime Ban for Drunk Driving

Well, it doesn’t say the driver was drunk, and I’m guessing that there was an original charge of drunk driving that the prosecutor ended up dropping, but this kid sure smashed up his car, badly.

http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?section=news/national_world&id=8566930&rss=rss-kabc-article-8566930

And so the Rhode Island judge banned him from getting a driver’s license FOR LIFE.

The first articles I read about the story bothered me—it sounded way too harsh. Then I read that one of his passengers ended up in a coma for weeks. No one died, but a week long coma?

What troubles me about the judge’s sentence is that he said he was doing it to “send a message” to others that Rhode Island doesn’t tolerate reckless driving.

That’s great, this teenager isn’t all those other drivers. He did what he did, and the punishment needs to fit his crime.

Banning people from driving can seem like a good idea because, theoretically, it keeps them off the road. After all, that’s what we want to accomplish.

In my limited experience, banning people from driving rarely keeps people off the road—it merely makes them repeat “criminals.” The people that suspensions and bans do keep off the road tend to be the people who learned their lesson and are not going to do anything stupid with their cars or while driving again anyway.

If this guy drives again while his license is still banned, he could end up in prison. If this guy doesn’t drive again, this act could possibly cause a detrimental impact on him for the rest of his life. If the injuries he caused to his passengers have long term detrimental impact, then maybe it is just and fitting to cause him problems for the rest of his life.

Also, I believe the Rhode Island law does permit a judge in the future to lift the ban and allow him to get his driver’s license again. Thus, if this guy rises above his past and proves he’s a responsible, hard working, diligent adult, then he may be able to see a little grace to soften the harsh justice his careless deeds ran him into.

I’m a bit torn about whether the punishment fit the crime in this case. I disagree that it’s appropriate to slam someone with a harsh punishment because the judge wants to send other people a message. Justice is about what the defendant in question did, not about scaring other people.

Further reading:

http://articles.boston.com/2012-03-02/news/31117742_1_ri-judge-lifetime-ban

http://bostonherald.com/news/regional/view/20220305harsh_judgment_ri_jurists_lifetime_drive_ban_for_teen_went_too_far_say_bay_state_pols

http://sentencing.typepad.com/sentencing_law_and_policy/2012/03/ri-judge-imposes-lifetime-driving-ban-on-teenager-for-serious-reckless-crash.html

Filming Police on Duty is Constitutionally Protected

You have a constitutionally protected right to take videos of police on duty ruled a recent federal appeals court.

Click here for a summary of this decision.

Use your rights while you still have them, and never forget to ask to speak to your attorney before you begin to answer police questions.  Remember, anything you say to them CAN AND WILL be used against you if they even think they have a reason to do so.  Don’t take any chances.  Call Jaired or Glenn of the Hall Law Firm LLC if you need representation in a criminal or potential criminal matter.

Christian Attorneys

Both Glenn and Jaired Hall of the Hall Law Firm LLC consider themselves to be Christians and attempt to walk in the ways of Christ in their personal and professional lives.  Our goal is to represent our clients as Jesus Christ would if he were your attorney.  Of course, we do not consider ourselves as competent as our LORD and Savior, but we serve Him and desire to serve you to the best of our ability.

Call us today with your particular and unique legal need.

If We Do Not Have the Right to Question a Police Officer, then We Are Living In a Police State

Know your rights.  Do not consent to giving ANY STATEMENT AT ALL UNTIL YOU HAVE CALLED YOUR ATTORNEY.

WATCH THIS VIDEO.

CALL THE HALL LAW FIRM AT 573-729-2229 OR 417-967-0066.

Removing the Bible From Our Public Schools (The Law (2))

9How can(A) a young man keep his way pure?
By guarding it according to your word.
10(B) With my whole heart I seek you;
let me not(C) wander from your commandments!
11I have(D) stored up your word in my heart,
that I might not sin against you.
12Blessed are you, O LORD;
(E) teach me your statutes!
13With my lips I(F) declare
all the rules[a] of your mouth.
14In the way of your testimonies I(G) delight
as much as in all(H) riches.
15I will(I) meditate on your precepts
and fix my eyes on your(J) ways.
16I will(K) delight in your statutes;
I will not forget your word. (Psalm 119:9-16)

The second stanza of Psalm 119 answers one of mankind’s greatest needs. It tells us how to raise the coming generation in purity of thought and action. America’s parents and leaders knew this, yet in 1963 The Supreme Court hammered one nail into our coffin by outlawing the reading of the Bible and prayer in our public schools. They foolishly or evilly, depending upon their intent, said,

“Because of the prohibition of the First Amendment against the enactment by Congress of any law “respecting an establishment of religion,” which is made applicable to the States by the Fourteenth Amendment, no state law or school board may require that passages from the Bible be read or that the Lord’s Prayer be recited in the public schools of a State at the beginning of each school day – even if individual students may be excused from attending or participating in such exercises upon written request of their parents.” (U. S.  Supreme Court, SCHOOL DISTRICT OF ABINGTON TOWNSHIP, PENNSYLVANIA, ET AL. v. SCHEMPP ET AL. APPEAL FROM THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA. No. 142. Argued February 27-28, 1963. Decided June 17, 1963, Pp. 205-227)

The Court rendered this decision when I was attending third grade public school. I still remember singing,The Battle Hymn of the Republic in this particular school and I think it was this very year. Here are the words to that stirring song:

Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord;
He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored;
He hath loosed the fateful lightning of His terrible swift sword;
His truth is marching on.
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! His truth is marching on.

I have seen Him in the watch fires of a hundred circling camps
They have builded Him an altar in the evening dews and damps;
I can read His righteous sentence by the dim and flaring lamps;
His day is marching on.
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! His day is marching on.

 

I have read a fiery Gospel writ in burnished rows of steel;
“As ye deal with My contemners, so with you My grace shall deal”;
Let the Hero, born of woman, crush the serpent with His heel,
Since God is marching on.
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! Since God is marching on.

He has sounded forth the trumpet that shall never call retreat;
He is sifting out the hearts of men before His judgment seat;
Oh, be swift, my soul, to answer Him! be jubilant, my feet;
Our God is marching on.
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! Our God is marching on.

In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across the sea,
With a glory in His bosom that transfigures you and me:
As He died to make men holy, let us live to make men free;
[originally …let us die to make men free]
While God is marching on.
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! While God is marching on.

He is coming like the glory of the morning on the wave,
He is wisdom to the mighty, He is honor to the brave;
So the world shall be His footstool, and the soul of wrong His slave,
Our God is marching on.
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! Our God is marching on.

Today there exists hardly a public school in America where you can hear this song. And if you did, some unbeliever who also heard it would likely file suit against them and prohibit it from ever happening again. But, this song was the “battle hymn” of this republic, America. Now any so-called hymn of our public school would deal more with vampires, satan, and pre-marital sex than anything of God.

Can anyone really wonder why judgment has come upon this once great land?


Citizens: Targets of the State

In today’s “brave new world” the very citizens of the state have become its targets and enemies. South Carolina is considering a bill that “would allow police to slap $150 tickets on motorists caught driving less than 10 mph over the limit –10 times the current minimum….”

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/03/08/south-carolina-targets-low-speed-offenders-help-tackle-213-million-budget/#ixzz1G79ezjfH

If you have been wrongfully “targeted” by the State or just need your legitimate speeding ticket reduced to keep points off your license, then call The Hall Law Firm LLC today. Call Jaired in Houston at 417-967-0066 or Glenn in Salem at 573-729-2229.