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Choosing the Right St. Louis Car Accident Lawyer for You

Choosing the Right St. Louis Car Accident Lawyer for You

After a car accident, it's highly advisable to retain an attorney to represent you - even if you're sure the insurance company is willing to settle the case. There's just one problem; there are literally thousands of lawyers in the area that will handle your case, and it can be hard to figure out which one is right for you. At Bruntrager & Billings, we have over 65 years of experience helping injured victims recover and are happy to offer no-obligation consultations, so you feel free to talk to other lawyers. Below are some of the factors you should consider...

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The Injury Risks Associated with Labor Day

The Injury Risks Associated with Labor Day

With Labor Day around the corner, many of us are planning our annual unofficial end-of-summer festivities. Whether you are planning on heading down to the lake for one last weekend on the water or plan to spend your holiday in the backyard with friends and family, it's important to keep in mind that, like every other holiday, Labor Day exposes our loved ones and us to an increased risk of injury. Some of the most common causes of Labor Day injuries are discussed in the material below. For more information or to discuss the specifics of your case with a St. Louis personal injury attorney, call our office today. Accidents...

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4 Auto Insurance Company Tactics to Watch Out For

4 Auto Insurance Company Tactics to Watch Out For

As a car accident victim, it’s important that you are aware that most car accident cases never see the inside of a courtroom, but rather are resolved through the insurance settlement process. This process involves the victims and the at-fault driver’s insurance company reaching an agreement where the insurance company pays the victim in return for a release from any further liability. It's critical to understand that insurance companies are for-profit entities, and they make their money by paying out as little as possible on every claim they receive. For this reason, it is highly advisable for every car accident victim to retain an attorney to represent them throughout the...

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What Happens if I Violate My Probation?

What Happens if I Violate My Probation?

In some situations, a judge may choose to sentence a person who has been convicted of a crime to probation instead of jail time. Probation allows a person to live in the community, work, and engage in other "normal" activities, albeit with certain conditions. In the event that a person who is on probation violates the terms of his or her probation, it can result in serious legal consequences. Fortunately, allegations of violating your probation are just that – allegations – and the state is required to prove probation violations by a preponderance of the evidence, and you have the right to defend yourself at a probation hearing. Examples of...

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Is Legal Weed in other States Resulting in More Stoned Commercial Truck Drivers in Missouri?

Is Legal Weed in other States Resulting in More Stoned Commercial Truck Drivers in Missouri?

In recent years, attitudes towards the use of marijuana have become significantly more permissive, and many state legislatures have responded by decriminalizing the possession and use of the drug. In fact, at the time of this writing, 11 states have legalized the recreational use of marijuana, and many observers anticipate more states will follow. Right now, Missouri does not allow the use of recreational marijuana, but many people in the state wonder whether the fact that many nearby states – including neighboring Illinois – have legalized weed will result in more stoned truck drivers on the road. After all, what’s to stop a truck driver driving through Colorado on I-70...

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What is an SIS in Missouri?

What is an SIS in Missouri?

In Missouri criminal courts, you may hear several different legal terms that you may not understand. One common term that might be the source of confusion is “SIS,” which stands for “suspended imposition of sentence.” In short, a SIS is a common type of probation and disposition of criminal cases in Missouri, generally after a guilty plea. A SIS is different from a suspended execution of sentence (SES), which is a type of probation for more serious felony offenses. The Basics of an SIS When a judge agrees to a SIS, they are suspending the issuance of a specific sentence for...

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