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Just because you did it, doesn't mean you're guilty...


Many people assume if they commit a crime (even a minor traffic offense like speeding), they have no choice but to plead guilty and accept the state's punishment.  NOPE.  When you hire me as your defense attorney, I will obviously look at the facts of your case.  Some people are charged with crimes they did not commit.  More commonly, a client did commit a crime and is correctly charged.  That doesn't mean the outcome is set in stone.  Prosecuting attorneys have absolute discretion on what happens with a case - they can amend or dismiss a charge whenever they wish.  Believe it or not, those are powers a judge does not have.  That means, in many circumstances, YOU are the most important part of the equation.  It is my job to let the prosecutor know who you are:  No prior convictions? College student? High school student looking to go to college? Have a good job? Have one little slip-up? Going to rehab to get your life back in order?  All of these factors (and lots more) can turn a nightmare into something that you no longer have to worry about.

I am a West Plains, Missouri trial attorney who has broad experience in criminal law, ranging from simple traffic tickets to serious felonies.  If you are being questioned by the police, politely inform the officer you wish to speak to an attorney.  At that time, the officer should cease asking you any questions.  Never speak to law enforcement without an attorney present.  In many instances, the prosecutor's case is based solely on the defendant's admissions.  Don't make that mistake!

If you have an outstanding warrant, call our office to discuss your options.  In many cases, I can negotiate a signature bond or recognizance bond.  Don't spend thousands on a bondsman until you have spoken to an experienced criminal law attorney first. 


If you have been charged with minor in possession of alcohol or marijuana, a plea of guilty can result in the suspension of your driver license.  Further, a conviction will stay on your record for the rest of your life. 


If you have been charged with a DWI, I can represent you on the criminal case, as well as help you get your driver license back.  There are many rules that must be followed by the arresting officer in a DWI.  An experienced attorney will know what to look for in the police report.  In some instances, the case must be thrown out because of a seemingly small error by the officer. 

The choice of an attorney is an important decision and should not be based solely on advertisement.  

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