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The Standard Punishments for Drug Crimes

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We are all too familiar with drug crimes at the Lake of the Ozarks area, unfortunately. It's one of the top crime areas here and we have represented people who have been charged with possession, manufacturing and the sale of drugs such as methamphetamines, cocaine, marijuana, controlled prescription drugs, and drug paraphernalia. The punishments can vary depending on what drug was involved and what crime you were committing. Our criminal defense attorneys at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to give you a few examples of the standard punishments for drug crimes in Missouri. If you find yourself in this sort of unfortunate situation and need an experienced criminal defense attorney, call Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter, and Welch at 573-346-7231 for your free consultation.


Punishments for Heroin Crimes in Missouri
Source: https://statelaws.findlaw.com/missouri-law/missouri-heroin-laws.html

Trafficking, selling, or possessing heroin is illegal throughout the United States. Heroin crimes …

The Lake of the Ozarks Shootout 2018: Boat Safely!

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The Lake of the Ozarks Shootout is one of the largest annual events in the area. It is a blast! It's an unsanctioned boat race with over 100 racers and 100,000 spectators. Some of these spectators will be coming to see the action by land but many of them come by boat. Our BWI attorneys at the Lake of the Ozarks can not stress enough how important it is to boat safely, especially on days with events as big as this. If you find yourself get charged with boating while intoxicated, call Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter, and Welch at 573-346-7231. Keep reading for more event details and some boating safety tips.


The Lake of the Ozarks Shootout 2018
Source: https://www.funlake.com/lake-of-the-ozarks-shootout

When: Saturday, August 25th - Sunday, August 26th

Where: Captain Ron's (82 Aloha Lane, Sunrise Beach, MO 65049 33MM - 34.5MM)

Event Details: Powerboat racers from all over the country will be racing along with some Pontoon captains. This is a race you won't want to miss and you …

Traffic Violations 101

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What's your driving record like? Are you worried that you may be close to having too many points on your record or that your insurance premiums may go up due to your poor driving history? Our attorneys at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to give you some key information on Missouri traffic violations. If you are ever in doubt when it comes to your traffic offense case, call Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter, and Welch at 573-346-7231 for your free consultation. We can go over your options and try and answer any legal questions you may have.


Traffic Violations 101
Source: https://www.dmv.org/mo-missouri/traffic-ticket-fines-and-penalties.php 
There are many different kinds of traffic violations that happen in the state of Missouri. From driving while drunk to failing to stop at a stop sign, we've seen many cases. The punishments vary from offense to offense. Here are a few examples of some of the common actions people take that can worsen their punishment when it comes to a traffic o…

Buzzed Driving vs. Drunk Driving

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Buzzed driving, drunk driving - both are morally wrong and unsafe. You shouldn't do either, both endanger the lives of those around you and your own. While it's technically not illegal to drive buzzed so long as your blood alcohol content is under the legal limit, it's still not smart. Our DWI lawyers at the Lake of the Ozarks know how bad these cases can be and we want you to think twice before operating a vehicle while intoxicated. If you've received a DWI, call Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter, and Welch for your free consultation. Keep reading for a description of both buzzed and drunk driving, the differences between the two, legal punishments for drunk driving, and skilled legal representation at the Lake of the Ozarks.


Buzzed Driving vs. Drunk Driving Buzzed Driving Technically, you are buzzed if you are at a blood alcohol concentration level of anything from .01 to .07, in the state of Missouri. Therefore, if you choose to drive while in that stage you are buzzed dr…

How to Keep Your Divorce From Becoming Even Worse

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Divorce is hard enough. Don't make it worse by making the mistakes that couples before you have made way too often. If you are in need of a divorce attorney at the Lake of the Ozarks that can be your objective guide during this emotional time, call Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter, and Welch at 573-346-7231 today for your free consultation. In an effort to make things a little easier for you, we have compiled a list of things you can try to do to keep your divorce from becoming even worse.

How to Keep Your Divorce From Becoming Even Worse
Be honest about your finances.

The hard, honest truth is that finances are a huge part of a divorce. Things run more smoothly when both parties are honest about their:

Monthly incomesMonthly expendituresSpending habitsDebt
Define your own priorities and avoid letting the advice from loved ones distract you.

Although your loved ones may be well-intentioned, divorce is emotional enough without getting distracted from what you really want and need. For exa…

How to Avoid Road Rage

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Today, the number of traffic-related offenses caused by some sort of road rage are concerning. 66 percent of traffic fatalities are caused by aggressive drivers, according to Safe Motorist. If you are the victim of a horrific car accident and are in need of a skilled personal injury attorney at the Lake of the Ozarks, call Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter, and Welch at 573-346-7231 for your free consultation today. Combat these awful statistics and keep reading for a few tips on how to avoid road rage. Whether you are typically the aggressive driver or someone who is on the receiving end, these tips may be helpful to you.


How to Avoid Road Rage
Tip #1: ALWAYS check your blind spots when changing lanes.

Do not anger someone else by being careless and switching lanes without looking to see if someone else is there first. Check first, then use your signal to considerately switch lanes the right way. This action alone will help prevent someone else from turning into a road-raged driver.

Tip #2:…

The Top Mistakes People Make in a DWI Case

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Driving while intoxicated is a serious offense. If you are convicted with a DWI, you could be facing jail time, fines, license suspension and/or driving school. You are also endangering the lives of not only yourself but others on the road by driving while intoxicated. If you are facing a DWI charge, call our DWI lawyers at the Lake of the Ozarks at 573-346-7231 for a free consultation. The DWI lawyers at Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter, and Welch can walk you through what you should and should not do in the event of getting charged with a DWI. Keep reading for the top mistakes people make in a DWI case.


The Top Mistakes People Make in a DWI Case
Lying to the Police Officer
This, unfortunately, happens way more times than it should. If you are pulled over for suspected drinking while driving and are asked a question you don't feel comfortable answering, you do have the right to remain silent. It can be better to not say anything at all versus lying to an officer.

Illegally Driving
If y…