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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Missouri on
Q: Hello, my ex boyfriend left my stranded in MS with no money food or vehicle, I knew no one there. I live in MO.

Ex begged me to stay With him in Grenada MS in a hotel for a week while he worked. I live in Mo so he picked me up and drove me The entire time I was there he was emotional and argumentative. Thursday I Made a nail appointment, I had to walk to. I started walking to the nail salon Next thing I... Read more »

Ronald J. Eisenberg
Ronald J. Eisenberg answered on Jun 6, 2021

That’s a very sad situation. This isn’t something likely to result in litigation, however. You need to figure out if you want to remain in a relationship with someone who would do that to you.

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Q: Is it illegal to make, possess, and/or sale Paracord crafts such as the monkeys fist.

I've been told something about it is caterized with "Slung-shot devices"

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on May 22, 2021

A Missouri attorney could answer best, but your question remains open for two weeks. Monkey's fists are illegal in some states, and only a Missouri criminal attorney would be in a position to advise on the law in Missouri. You are correct in what you describe - although the knot was commonly... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Missouri on
Q: Can you still be served a warrent after being released from jail?

Husband spent 24 hours in jail amd was released with a warrent given. Two weeks later he has a warrent, is this legal??

Steve D. Hardin
Steve D. Hardin answered on Feb 25, 2021

Yes. They can release you from jail and serve a new warrant or even one they forgot to serve previously. In fact people are often released from jail after 24 hours pending application for a warrant. Your husband needs a criminal defense attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence for Missouri on
Q: My husband is in jail for domestic violence against me. He has his first hearing tomorrow , should I be there?

He was served the warrant last week arrested and is currently in jail being held without bond. He is charged with 3 counts child endangerment, 1 assault 2nd degree, and unlawful use of a firearm (displaying) all felony charges. I have a victims advocate, but she will not return my phone calls. I... Read more »

Caroline Bundy
Caroline Bundy answered on Feb 11, 2021

Do you have an attorney? If so, I would reach out to them to get the information. I would also need to know more about the hearing. If you feel safe and comfortable enough to go to the court proceeding, I would encourage you to attend with your victim advocate if you can get ahold of her. Depending... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support, Domestic Violence and Family Law for Missouri on
Q: If a Missouri case is in Division 35 would it be concerning custody or abuse?
Caroline Bundy
Caroline Bundy answered on Feb 11, 2021

What county in Missouri?

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence, Family Law, Juvenile Law and Libel & Slander for Missouri on
Q: What should be included in a written submission to the child abuse and neglect review board to defend against false all?

How do I refute/overturn a preponderance of evidence that supports finding of neglect?

Shall I go about disproving what was recorded in their wildy false and egregious reports?

Or is there a specific rubric or factors that determine their decision?

Caroline Bundy
Caroline Bundy answered on Jan 27, 2021

In order to better advise you on your situation, I would need to know more information about the specifics of your case. I'd highly recommend retaining an experienced family law attorney for the matter.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Domestic Violence and Family Law for Missouri on
Q: Could a parent change a visitation schedule for the best interest of the child?

The parent asked the other to postpone the normal visit due to child having had surgery and experiencing some complications but they just said No,the child will be fine with me.,(they were aware previously of the upcoming surgery)but isn't knowledgeable about how to take care of the child... Read more »

Caroline Bundy
Caroline Bundy answered on Jan 27, 2021

It's ill-advised to deny the other parent parenting time when there is currently an order in place. It would be best to reach out to an experienced family law attorney, who could potentially get you a temporary order altering parenting time while the child is recovering from surgery.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Domestic Violence for Missouri on
Q: St. louis county MO. Married 12yrs have 2 kids, want divorce from husband. Husband is abusive, he lost job 6yrs ago.

I am sole provider for family and house is in my name. I want to leave and rent a safe place but cant pay for both places. Husband refuses to work he has no income. Can I sign a lease and leave family house while married if I fear he will hurt me? Am I legally obligated to support him until we... Read more »

Steve D. Hardin
Steve D. Hardin answered on Oct 1, 2020

Please speak to a local family law attorney. More details about the abuse and you situation will be needed to give you a good answer. For instance an order of protection might be in your best interest even if you leave the current home.

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence, Family Law and Juvenile Law for Missouri on
Q: What can be done for a 16 year old seeking emancipation? There is a possibility of emotional and mental abuse involved.

Currently a runaway.

Lydia Seifner
Lydia Seifner answered on Apr 22, 2019

You do not have the legal capacity to decide where you wish to live until you are 18. You may qualify for emancipation if you are able to financially support yourself, in which case you should talk to an attorney to assist you in filing for legal emancipation.

If you cannot support...
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1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence for Missouri on
Q: My boyfriend called the cops to get me on third floor or into heartland. They arrested me. I have mental disorders.

I black out. I have biploar disorder, anxiety, depression, add, ADHD. My boyfriend was just trying to help me and the cops arrested me and I was already in a blackout/mental breakdown. I hadnt been on my meds as my physcotrist died a month or so ago and that day I was going to get my medicine. I... Read more »

Ronald J. Eisenberg
Ronald J. Eisenberg answered on Apr 14, 2019

Definitely hire a criminal defense attorney. The outcome of your case will likely differ depending if you represent yourself or get someone who knows what he is she is doing to represent you.

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Missouri on
Q: What's the punishment of a 4th degree domestic assault without a lawyer?
Gary Kollin
Gary Kollin answered on Mar 27, 2019

Although I am not a lawyer in Missouri, the possible punishment for the crime is the same whether you have a lawyer or not

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Civil Litigation and Domestic Violence for Missouri on
Q: Unmarried. Undeclared father has children and will not return them. Police will not assist me (mother) to get them.

Shouldn't I just be able to get them if there is no order or established paternity? Why is this still considered a civil issue if fathers rights are not valid

I have no resources and am going crazy. He was and is abusive.

What can I do?

Lydia Seifner
Lydia Seifner answered on Mar 20, 2019

If there are no court orders giving him custody of the children, then yes, you can go get them. It's a civil issue because it is handled by the civil and domestic courts. Police generally don't like to get involved in domestic matters. So unless he is physically restraining you from the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Family Law, Child Custody and Domestic Violence for Missouri on
Q: im 17 and living on my own in MO. my mom is saying she can put me in a mental hospital until im 21.

i moved out of my moms 6 moths ago and she has threatened me to either come home or she will send me to a mental hospital until im 21, even tho i am mentally stable.

Lydia Seifner
Lydia Seifner answered on Jan 31, 2019

You can't put anyone in psychiatric facility if they are mentally stable; it's a doctor's call to admit someone for treatment, not a parent's decision because they're mad at their kid. It just doesn't work like that. She can however, report you as a runaway and send... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Missouri on
Q: If a 16 year old hit an adult with a metal baseball bat forcefully, will they get charged as an adult? It's Not 1st time

16 year old previously has been charged for assault on the same adult (me). 16 year old is my boyfriends daughter . She has assaulted me a total of 9 times but only charged twice. This time it is assault with deadly weapon. Wat will happen to her ?

Joseph Harvath
Joseph Harvath answered on Jan 14, 2019

They could be. That decision is left to the discretion of the Prosecuting Attorney

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Divorce, Family Law and Domestic Violence for Missouri on
Q: filed a false report out of anger

caught my husband cheating called cops said he hit me but he didnt and they wont listen his first courtdate is tommoro what should i do i have a witness that says he didnt hit me should i go to court??

Lydia Seifner
Lydia Seifner answered on Mar 27, 2018

You should go to court and admit that you lied; they'll dismiss it.

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Domestic Violence and Juvenile Law for Missouri on
Q: Ex-husband punched son in the face while I was talking to my son on the phone. The call was recorded. Police did nothing

My son had a bruise/redness/scratch by left eye. He also slapped the right side of his face leaving handprint and bloodied his lip. The police officer didn't believe my son, even though I told them the incident had been recorded. No pics taken by officer, I took some inside the police... Read more »

Lydia Seifner
Lydia Seifner answered on Mar 19, 2018

If the officer did not call social services, then you should. Also contact an attorney local to you ASAP about seeking a child protection order for your son and possibly to modify you custody order so you son is not living with your ex.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Missouri on
Q: I have a 13 yr old Misdemeanor Domestic Case the judge ordered me Supervision for 1 yr and anger management

Classes was i convicted of my crime and can it be expunged to receive a foid card

Andrea Rogers
Andrea Rogers answered on Mar 16, 2018

If you successfully completed probation on a suspended imposition of sentence (SIS), your case was closed and there is no conviction.

Misdemeanor domestic assault is not eligible for expungement.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support, Domestic Violence and Family Law for Missouri on
Q: Non custodial parent stopped paying child support for past 2 months. Owes back pay also, can they have rights terminate

Non custodial parent has lived out of state now, for past year and half and Barely sees child. When he does it becomes a toxic environment for both custodial parent and child. Parents were never married and do not have any other court orders besides child support. The non custodial will not let... Read more »

Lydia Seifner
Lydia Seifner answered on Mar 1, 2018

If you were unmarried when the child was born, and have never had the father's rights declared in court with an enforceable visitation schedule, then he does not currently have rights to the child. You may deny visitation.

Be aware that at any time, he may seek a paternity action to...
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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support, Domestic Violence and Family Law for Missouri on
Q: I was deceived into signing over the rights of my child by the father, how can I gain the rights back?
Lydia Seifner
Lydia Seifner answered on Feb 26, 2018

You can't actually sign your rights away unless there is someone else to take your place, like an adoption by a step-mother. Likely he received sole custody granting you very limited visitation. You can seek a motion to modify to re-establish contact, if the circumstances since the original... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence, Child Custody and Child Support for Missouri on
Q: What does “consent judgment against (name) for full order of child protection - civil suit disposed” mean?

I saw this in a newspaper article and am confused on what it means. Against makes it sound not good for the person but then it says disposed so is that good? Also what is the full order of child protection?

Lydia Seifner
Lydia Seifner answered on Feb 18, 2018

Consent judgment means the parties agreed, or at least one party did not show up and contest the action. A full order of child protection is an restraining order on behalf of the child; and disposed means that the court has made a final decision. The whole thing means that a restraining order on... Read more »

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