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Breaking Down Attorney-Client Privilege: What it Means and How it Can Affect Your Case

Breaking Down Attorney-Client Privilege: What it Means and How it Can Affect Your Case

Lawyers provide legal advice regarding legal matters. Clients want assurances that what they discuss with the lawyer will remain private. The attorney-client privilege protects these clients from having their information used against them if they discuss their situation openly.   Privileged Information: What Is It?   Privacy and confidentiality are legal rights. During discovery or a court hearing or trial, the court cannot force a person to disclose privileged information. With very limited exceptions, what you tell your lawyers in St. Louis is protected by the attorney-client privilege. The attorney-client privilege protects any information you share with lawyers in St. Louis. You cannot compel your...

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What Makes an Attorney and a Lawyer Different?

What Makes an Attorney and a Lawyer Different?

While the terms are often used interchangeably, there is a difference between an attorney and a lawyer. The two terms refer to legal professionals. Most people mistakenly believe that an attorney and a lawyer are the same things. However, this is not entirely true. There are some differences between these two legal professionals who have been educated in the field of law. Although the terms have different meanings, the terms are often used interchangeably. Read on to find out the difference between attorney vs. lawyer.   Definition of an Attorney An attorney is a shortening of "attorney at law." To become an attorney,...

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What Are Your Rights After an Arrest?

What Are Your Rights After an Arrest?

If you have been arrested by a police officer, it can be an extremely overwhelming experience. In addition, you may be completely uncertain about what your legal rights are in this situation. If you have been arrested, it is important to ensure that a St. Louis criminal defense attorney is by your side. Call us today to schedule a free case evaluation.   The Basics of a Legal Arrest An arrest occurs when you are being held under police custody without the freedom to move or leave. Specifically, the police take charge and control over your movements. An arrest typically continues to the point...

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How to Prepare for Your Defense Attorney Consultation

How to Prepare for Your Defense Attorney Consultation

If you are facing allegations of criminal misconduct in the St. Louis area, you should retain an experienced lawyer to represent you as soon as you can. There are literally thousands of lawyers in the state that will take your case – so how do you choose the right one? Fortunately, many criminal defense lawyers offer free case evaluations so that both you and the attorney can determine whether you will be a good fit. To schedule a consultation with a highly experienced St. Louis criminal defense attorney, call our office today.   Schedule Your Consultation.   One of the most important things you...

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How to Avoid a Motorcycle Accident in St. Louis

How to Avoid a Motorcycle Accident in St. Louis

Across the nation, accidents involving motorcycles are a public health concern. The same is true for St. Louis, Missouri, where fatalities and serious injuries involving motorcycle accidents occur. Missouri’s most recent statistics show that 86 fatal motorcycles crash occur annually.  Fortunately, motorcycle accidents are highly preventable. Below are some tips for avoiding a motorcycle accident.   Experience and Training   If you are a motorcyclist, it is critical to get sufficient instruction on how to operate a motorcycle. Common causes of motorcycle accidents include inexperienced motorcyclists on the road. Without the proper experience and understanding of motorcycle operation, it poses a risk to yourself and...

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Five Things to do After an Accident with a Commercial Truck

Five Things to do After an Accident with a Commercial Truck

Being involved and injured in a crash involving a commercial truck can be extremely stressful and confusing. While you may be tempted to just move on quickly from the incident, there are some critical steps you should take following an accident with a semi, tanker, or another commercial vehicle. For more information, call our office today to speak with a St. Louis truck accident lawyer.   1. Contact the Police You may be tempted to keep the incident between the drivers and not involve the police. However, do not miss this critical step! The police will gather important details, including accounts of what...

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3 Tips for Choosing the Right Criminal Defense Attorney

3 Tips for Choosing the Right Criminal Defense Attorney

If you have been charged with a crime, it is your constitutional right as a criminal defendant to choose your own attorney. It is important to take the time to find the right St. Louis criminal defense attorney that meets your legal needs, as the assistance of a lawyer can have a significant impact on the outcome of your case.   Below are three tips to consider when seeking a criminal defense attorney:   1. Find an Attorney Focused on Criminal Law The attorney you select should have a strong understanding of how the law affects your case. Specifically, if you are being charged for...

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Should You Plead Guilty to Avoid a Trial?

Should You Plead Guilty to Avoid a Trial?

If you are facing criminal charges and a jail sentence, then you are likely concerned about your legal options and whether you can lower your sentence.  A plea is a criminal defendant’s formal response to the court to the charge they are accused of committing. By entering a plea of guilty, you are telling the court they do not contest a criminal charge. On the other hand, by answering not guilty, you completely deny guilt for the crime, and you agree to a trial.  The plea bargaining process often allows criminal defendants to reduce their sentences and avoid going to trial by...

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How to Prepare for Your Defense Attorney Consultation

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If you are facing allegations of criminal misconduct in the St. Louis area, you should retain an experienced lawyer to represent you as soon as you can. There are literally thousands of lawyers in the state that will take your case – so how do you choose the right one? Fortunately, many criminal defense lawyers offer free case evaluations so that both you and the attorney can determine whether you will be a good fit. To schedule a consultation with a highly experienced St. Louis criminal defense attorney, call our office today.   Step 1: Schedule Your Consultation.   One of the most important...

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What Considerations Does a Jury Have to Make When Considering the Death Penalty?

What Considerations Does a Jury Have to Make When Considering the Death Penalty?

While most states have capital punishment, the use of the death penalty has become rarer and rarer. Overall, the use of the death penalty has declined across the country. In fact, in 2017, under 40 death penalty sentences were invoked compared to 300 annually in the 1990s. That said, if you are facing criminal charges that could result in capital punishment, it’s imperative that you retain a St. Louis criminal defense lawyer as soon as you can. Missouri and the Death Penalty Missouri is a death penalty state. The downward death penalty trend is reflected in data on Missouri death penalty rates...

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