Showing posts from August, 2017

Get to Know YOUR Lawyer - Brooke Christy

Our experienced law firm at the Lake of the Ozarks, Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter, and Welch helps clients through a very wide of legal issues. We've  done everything from helping local families through difficult divorces to helping local businesses get started off on the right foot. Throughout that time, we've gotten to know our clients and now, we want to give you all the opportunity to know us. In this blog series, you will get to know more about our attorneys. We will feature a different attorney, each month. We are starting with Brooke A. Christy, Attorney at Law. In this blog, you will better get to know one of our very own.

Brooke A. Christy - Attorney at LawQ: Where did you grow up and what is your educational background?A: I was born and raised in Lake Ozark, Missouri. Since Kindergarten, I attended School of the Osage and earned my high school diploma. I received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance and Banking from the Universit…

Understanding Probable Cause

Probable cause laws are established to protect the rights of citizens, as well as the rights of officers involved, when there is reason to believe a crime has been committed. It is the legal standard by which a police officer has the right to make a stop, arrest, conduct a property or personal search, or obtain a warrant for arrest. When there is sufficient reason, based on known facts, that a person has committed a crime or a property is connected with a crime, there may be probable cause. Our experienced law firm at the Lake of the Ozarks would like to highlight some key factors surrounding "probable cause" to help you understand the topic. For more information, please contact the law offices of Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter, & Welch, PC.

A warrant may be required by law enforcement prior to a search, under some circumstances.  This all begins with probable cause. 

Probable Cause to Conduct a Traffic Stop

When an officer has a "hunch," or is acting based o…

5 Examples of Personal Injury Cases

There are many examples of personal injury cases out there. At our experienced law office at the Lake of the Ozarks, we have seen many different types of personal injury cases. If you are injured, the circumstances of the injury can lead to a case that may hold up in court.  Contact a good law firm to get a consultation on your injury to see if there is legal merit. In this blog, Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter, and Welch is here to give you 5 possible examples of personal injury cases.

Examples of Personal Injury Cases
If you have been injured, this can quickly result in unpaid medical bills, lost wages, and demands from insurance companies for your medical history and personal medical records. When you are injured, it's not always your fault and you could possibly have a personal injury case. See 5 examples of personal injury cases below. 

Slips and Falls

Slipping or falling at your workplace may be caused by a negligent action by the business owner. The owner may try to argue that you…

I Have Been Bitten By A Dog - Who is Responsible?

Personal injuries can result from any number of different causes and accidents, but they all have one thing common: the resulting consequences and the required recovery time can last for months or even years. Dog bites are an example of personal injury cases at the Lake of the Ozarks, that can be very serious but are not talked about frequently. The Law Offices of Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter, & Welch, P.C. are here to provide you with some important information if you are bitten by a dog and injured. If necessary, we will be here to defend your rights in such a situation.

Certain Conditions Must Be Met In Order For Dog Owners To Be Liable

According to Missouri law, dog owners are legally responsible for preventing their dogs from injuring others. Dog owners may be held financially liable for the injuries their dogs inflict on others if the following conditions are met:

The victim was bitten while on public property or while lawfully on private property,The victim did not do anything…

Expunging Arrests & Criminal Convictions in Missouri

A criminal conviction can have long-lasting and far-reaching consequences. Individuals convicted of a crime may suffer any number of undesirable consequences, such as the inability to possess a firearm, obtain certain professional licenses, obtain safe housing, or earn a quality education. 

Fortunately, some individuals have access to an option that can help them avoid these types of consequences.

Expunging Criminal Records

Depending on their specific situations, some individuals may qualify to have their records expunged. "Expunge" simply means "to remove completely." In a legal sense, this means removing a criminal history such that no criminal record appears in a traditional background check.

Obviously, expungement is an attractive and desirable solution for individuals who have been arrested for or convicted of a crime. Today, our Missouri criminal defense attorneys are here to take a closer look at local expungement laws. 

Expungement Eligibility

Generally, expungem…