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Plea Bargain FAQs

Plea Bargain FAQs

When facing criminal charges, it is important to our clients that they have options. If it is in our clients best interest to go to a trial, then a competent trial attorney should take the case to a trial. But in some cases, a plea bargain may also be an option.  Some basic questions about plea bargains include: What Is a Plea Bargain? The Legal Information Institute (LII) defines plea bargains as “agreements between defendants and prosecutors in which defendants agree to plead guilty to some or all of the charges against them in exchange for concessions from the prosecutors.” Why Would a...

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Do You Really Need a Lawyer to Settle Your Injury Claim?

Do You Really Need a Lawyer to Settle Your Injury Claim?

You’ve been injured in an accident. Whether it’s a car accident, slip and fall, or some other accident, you really should hire a lawyer to settle your injury claim. If you handle an injury claim on your own, then you may risk: Causing harm to your mental and physical health, as injury claims can be stressful Insurance companies or attorneys taking advantage of your inexperience Agreeing to a settlement that is less than you deserve Losing your claim There is never a guarantee that a lawyer will obtain a judgment or settlement for you. However, a lawyer’s experience and training may...

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Are There Any Defenses to Breathalyzer Results?

Are There Any Defenses to Breathalyzer Results?

All is not lost if you’ve blown above the legal limit. There are often defenses to breathalyzer results. There is no way around it—adverse breathalyzer results can make a case more challenging. Such results only make a capable legal defense more important. What Is a Breathalyzer? A breathalyzer is the generic name for any number of devices that measures a user’s blood alcohol content (BAC). The breathalyzer is most often used by law enforcement officers who suspect someone of being intoxicated, including motorists.  The first breathalyzer came to market in 1954. Despite being more than half a century old, our justice system uses...

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Injured by a Drunk Driver Over the Holidays?

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If you were hurt by a drunk driver over the holiday season, you are likely entitled to compensation. Furthermore, if your loved one passed away in a drunk driving accident, you can also pursue a financial recovery. Hiring a personal injury attorney may be an essential first step towards obtaining justice. Drunk Drivers Are Generally Liable for Their Actions Holidays in St. Louis can be a heartwarming, joyous period in your life. The negligent actions of a drunk driver can, instead, turn the holidays into a nightmare. All motorists must abide by their duty of care. This duty requires them to act reasonably—clearly,...

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Winter Weather and Car Accidents Involving Pedestrians

Winter Weather and Car Accidents Involving Pedestrians

Leaves and temperatures are both falling. Winter will soon be here again. And with it, slippery roads, dangerous conditions, and more car accidents. We presented an article a year ago about preparations you can take before venturing out. But what about pedestrians? You, like many others, may have begun walking or riding a bicycle almost daily. And as cases of COVID-19 continue to soar, limiting our normal social activities, people will continue to exercise outside. So here are some things you need to know as the temps drop and the days get shorter. Rights of Pedestrians When a pedestrian takes to the sidewalks,...

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What Should You Do if You Get Into an Automobile Accident?

What Should You Do if You Get Into an Automobile Accident?

You are driving to work, listening to the morning show on your favorite radio station, thinking about what is ahead of you in the workday. Suddenly, the cars in front of you come screeching to a halt. You slam on your brakes, barely avoiding crashing into the back of the car that has stopped in front of you. Unfortunately, the car behind you was not so quick and BANG, they rear end you. What should you do now? First steps after an auto accident First, make sure everyone is okay. Second, assess whether your car can be moved. Third, get the authorities involved. Fourth, exchange...

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What Will the Courts Look Like As We Begin to Reopen?

What Will the Courts Look Like As We Begin to Reopen?

St. Louis City and St. Louis County have both announced plans to ease restrictions on their stay at home order beginning on May 18. Some non-essential businesses will begin to reopen, while others are choosing to remain closed. But what about the courts?   What Has the Court Ordered? On May 4, the Court ordered a new Operational Directive for “Easing Covid-19 Restrictions on In-Person Proceedings,” which supersedes their order from April 17. Currently, all courts will remain mostly closed to the public except for essential matters. However, on May 16, the Courts will begin opening in phases, beginning at Operating Phase Zero. Phase...

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Are Stay At Home Orders Legal?

Are Stay At Home Orders Legal?

The County Executive extended his order for everyone to stay home. The Mayor says don’t go to work. All the county parks remain closed. There are protests all over the country. What about my rights? Is any of this legal? Turns out, yes. What About My Constitutional Rights? It’s true that we are guaranteed more than a few liberties by the Constitutional Amendments. The First Amendment says no laws can prohibit our right to “peaceably assemble.” The Fourteenth Amendment says the State cannot create laws that “abridge the privileges or immunities of the citizens of the United States.”  Those clauses guarantee us...

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Know Your Rights- Price Gouging

Know Your Rights- Price Gouging

We’ve all seen the stories on the news: toilet paper and cleaning supplies are hard to find. Prices for these essential items are skyrocketing online. What can you do if you find a seller who charges a premium for these in demand items? Most states have laws against price gouging that come into effect under certain emergencies, such as a global pandemic. Both Missouri and Illinois are included in those states. In Missouri, the Attorney General is given the power to restrict certain unfair practices in the sale of products. The Attorney General, in turn, has created Title 15 of the Code...

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