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1 Answer | Asked in DUI / DWI for Missouri on

Q: Arrested for dwi never received a citation in Missouri. I don't understand how they can charge me when I never got a tic

James P. Deffet answered on Apr 10, 2015

When you are arrested for a DWI you may not be charged immediately. Many times the prosecutor may wait for results of lab tests or review your prior convictions prior to charging. Although most first time offenders are issued a ticket before release, there is no requirement that a ticket be... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Products Liability for Missouri on

Q: Should I fight a disorderly conduct charge when I swam for 20 min. after a few drinks but was not drunk?

Also, I was never asked to leave pool.

James P. Deffet answered on Aug 31, 2012

The answer to your question depends on what the evidence is that you were acting disorderly. The facts of your situation and the evidence the prosecutor intends to rely on should be compared with the language in the specific ordinance or statute you are accused of violating.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Missouri on

Q: Are you required to sign a civil order/memo?

James P. Deffet answered on Aug 31, 2012

More information is needed to answer your question. Are you being requested to sign an order by an opposing party or is a trial judge ordering that you sign it? What is the subject matter of the order? It sounds as though you should talk to an attorney about the specifics.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Missouri on

Q: I was pushed from behind, fell and sustained a serious injury. Does homeowner's or renter's insurance apply?

Thats about as simple and straight forward as it is: the tenant pushed me off the porch, and I sustained a very serious broken foot. There was no argument: I was leaving the house and he pushed me. The police and ambulance arrived within minutes.

James P. Deffet answered on Aug 31, 2012

The answer to your question is in the insurance contract itself, that is, the policy. Many contracts attempt to deny coverage for an intentional act. If it was simply a negligent act and not on purpose there is probably coverage. Even if there is no coverage under the liability portion of the... Read more »

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