You may be breaking the law without even knowing it. Effective yesterday, a number of new laws signed by the Governor officially went into effect. For instance, you were already aware that you had to move over for emergency vehicles with red and blue lights. That law has now been extended to include vehicles using amber or amber and white lights – which will include MoDot and their contractors on work sights. Some crimes carry stiffer penalties. Certain assaults and harassment charges will now be felonies if motivated by race, color, religion, or other classes protected by hate-crime laws. One of the new laws could be a big benefit for you. It allows for the expungement of any records in which the offense was a result of mistaken identity or identity theft.