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The Crucial Role of Criminal Defense Attorneys

Criminal defense attorneys play a crucial role in U.S. criminal justice system by ensuring their clients facing criminal charges have their legal rights protected. In fact, criminal defense attorneys owe a legal duty to their clients to advocate on their behalf in an effective and zealous manner. The American Bar Association provides that this ethical duty extends in all cases where a criminal prosecution may reasonably result. For example, this duty applies if a person is under investigation or being prosecuted for an alleged criminal act or simply needing legal advice regarding a potential, current or previous criminal matter or...

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How to Handle a Denied Car Accident Claim

You’ve been injured by another driver’s negligence, and the situation is difficult enough. If the at-fault driver’s insurance provider, however, proceeds to deny your claim, the matter is that much more dire. While it is unfortunate that the insurance company is putting you through this additional anxiety on top of everything else, it is important to understand that the law – and not the insurance company itself – will ultimately decide how your car accident claim will be resolved (if the insurance company refuses to engage in fair negotiations). If you find yourself in the difficult position of having your...

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Using a Living Trust to Avoid Probate

The administration of one’s estate is rarely an easy process. There are ways to make it easier, though, and using a living trust to avoid probate may help you and your loved ones avoid several common headaches. Why Avoid the Probate Process? Probate is the court-led review of a decedent’s will or wishes to determine how assets should be divided amongst heirs. In addition, probate typically involves an accounting of assets, payment of debts, and other matters. In general, it’s a good idea to avoid probate as much as possible because: Probate can add additional costs to the estate administration process Probate...

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What Do Personal Injury Lawyers Actually Do?

If you have recently been hurt in a preventable accident, you may be wondering whether you need an attorney – especially if the other party or their insurance company has made a settlement offer. In most cases, it is highly advisable to retain an attorney, as it can even the playing field between you and an insurance company that handles injury claims every day. Below we discuss some of the things that personal injury lawyers do when representing injured victims. To discuss your case with a personal injury attorney in St. Louis, call our office today. Evaluate your claim The first step...

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Can You Ever Recover Compensation for a Single Vehicle Accident?

When you think of recovering compensation for your physical, financial, and emotional losses (or legal damages) in a car accident claim, your mind likely got to two-car accidents in which the other driver is at fault. This scenario, however, doesn’t cover all such claims. Sometimes, single car accidents are caused by the negligence of other entities, and this fact shouldn’t be overlooked. If a single car accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence causes you to be injured, look to the professional legal guidance of an experienced St. Louis car accident lawyer today.  Road Defects Sometimes, defects in the road itself...

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Drug Charges Can Affect Your Educational Opportunities

Make no mistake: drug charge -  or criminal charges of any kind - can affect your educational opportunities. Being charged with a drug-related offense may:   Prevent you from gaining admission to certain universities Harm your candidacy for graduate and postgraduate programs Result in suspension or expulsion from your current university Result in the loss of scholarships, financial aid, or other education-related benefits   It’s in your interest to defend yourself from drug charges of any kind. A criminal defense attorney from Bruntrager & Billings, P.C., will lead your defense.   Drugs Charges That Can Jeopardize Your Educational Opportunities    Missouri maintains a long list of drug-related...

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What Causes Motorcycle Accidents?

There are many possible causes of motorcycle accidents, including those that entitle victims to compensation under Missouri and Illinois law. Read on to learn more, and to find out whether you have a claim, call our office today to speak with a St. Louis personal injury attorney.   Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents Motor vehicles pose the greatest threat to motorcyclists. Per the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcyclists are 16 times more likely to die in an accident than a motor vehicle driver who strikes them.  Motorists, therefore, have a great responsibility to avoid striking motorcyclists. Motor vehicle drivers may breach their...

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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?

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 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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