Showing posts from April, 2018

FAQs on MO Traffic Tickets

As a frequent Missouri driver, you may find that you have a lot of "unknowns" when it comes to Missouri Traffic Tickets, such as how many points can be put on your license for speeding or how many points it takes before your license can be taken away. These are vital things to know. Our lawyers at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to help clear the air on this subject and answer a few frequently asked questions on MO traffic tickets. If you find yourself needing a lawyer due to an unfortunate driving incident, call Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter, and Welch at 573-346-7231 for your free consultation.

FAQs on MO Traffic Tickets
Q:  If I get a traffic ticket, how many points will go on my record?

A: According to the Missouri Department of Revenue, you can refer to the MO Driver Record Traffic Violation Descriptions and Points Assessed (Form 899) to find the typical point value of most tickets. Click HERE to view that form.

Q: I just got my first MO traffic ticket, should I hire a lawye…

Things You Didn’t Know About DWI/DUI

According to the CDC, 28 people die every day in the U.S. in motor vehicle accidents involving an alcohol-impaired driver. This is so troubling and further proves that you shouldn’t drink and drive. In addition to possibly hurting or killing people, you also could be damaging your driving record or possibly getting a DUI or DWI in the process. If you find yourself getting a DWI or DUI, call Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter, and Welch. Our DWI attorneys at the Lake of the Ozarks will meet with you for a free consultation. Here are a few things you may not know about driving while intoxicated (DWI) or driving under the influence (DUI).

Things You Didn’t Know About DWI/DUI
You Can Refuse to Take a Breathalyzer Test
Legally, you don’t have to take a breathalyzer test, but we sometimes advise you to take it if asked to. If you don’t, you risk angering the officer involved by being noncompliant and giving the prosecutor something to focus on in the case against you. In some counties in Misssouri, …

3 Legal Contracts Your Lawyer Should Look at First

It can be very easy to not think you need a lawyer in certain instances, such as renting out your property or buying a home, but unfortunately, many people don’t realize they need a lawyer until it’s too late. Hiring a lawyer at the Lake of the Ozarks to look at certain contracts before signing them can save you a ton of money and stress. Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter & Welch is here to give you a few examples of where you may need a lawyer to check your contract first.

3 Legal Contracts Your Lawyer Should Look at First
Rental Agreements

As a landlord, there are so many reasons you should have a lawyer look at your lease before presenting it to your potential tenant. Here are a few prime examples:

•To make sure your eviction policy is clearly stated.
•To cover any and all legal property damage questions you may have.
•To make sure you are covered in regard to illegal discrimination of tenants.
•To make sure your rent payment process is clearly stated.
•To prevent any potential confusion in…

It’s National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. One of the leading causes of distracted driving is driving while intoxicated. Do not drink and drive. You could seriously injure or kill someone or yourself. You could also be charged with a DWI (Driving While Intoxicated) and seriously impact your driving record. If you do find yourself getting a DWI, call Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter, and Welch at 573-346-7231 for a free consultation. Our law office in Camdenton provides effective legal representation and we have an open-door policy, we welcome walk-ins who wish to discuss their legal needs. In honor of National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, here are a few distracted driving statistics you should be aware of, along with a few driving safety tips you should follow.

Distracted Driving Statistics
In 2015:

•3,477 people were killed by distracted driving.

•391,000 people were injured by distracted driving.

•660,000 drivers were estimated to be using electronic devices while driving d…