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Who is in Charge of YOUR Criminal Defense?

Posted by Matthew Russell on Dec 4, 2015 12:14:49 PM

Maybe I should not do this, but I say to my clients: “You are my boss. I give you advice, you decide if you want to follow it.” The reason that I say that maybe I should not do this is because I have worked with and for several other attorneys. I am not sure I have worked with one that has this philosophy.

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Topics: Insider

What can you do to help your Criminal Case?

Posted by Matthew Russell on Dec 1, 2015 3:42:43 PM

You are going to find that when you hire me, I will be sending you a lot of paperwork. So start a file to keep all of these legal documents in one place!

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Be Careful who you talk to about your Criminal Case

Posted by Matthew Russell on Nov 13, 2015 10:51:20 AM

I have two children: Alexander, 5 years old and Nicholas, 3 years old. If you go to my Facebook page, you will find that they are pretty much the center of my life. Alex came into this world with me sprinting down the Emergency Room hallway to the operating room watching the Doctor (who I still would hug today if I saw him) yanking my wife left and right on the operating table in the middle of an emergency C-Section. He had managed to wrap the umbilical cord around his neck twice and was being choked to death.

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What is the very best way to talk with a Criminal Defense Attorney?

Posted by Matthew Russell on Nov 11, 2015 11:04:00 AM

As criminal defense attorneys, my law partner and I are in court every single day. That is not an exaggeration. Many times we will be in three or four courthouses before lunch. That is when the “normal” reappearances usually take place. Trials and contested hearings are set in the afternoon by most Judges. As a result, we are seldom sitting at our desks. And even when we are sitting at our desks, we are not just waiting for the phone to ring.

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Topics: Insider

What is a Felony in Missouri?

Posted by Matthew Russell on Nov 10, 2015 7:33:24 AM

A person charged with a felony is usually going through one of two things when I meet with them the first time. Either they are so in shock and fear that they literally have no idea of what to do to help themselves or they are so laid back that I want to check for a pulse. I have given up trying to predict which of my clients will do what. I have to change my approach on each of my clients. The main things I try to concentrate on is making sure they are educated on what is going to happen and to immediately start working on their defense.

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Topics: Felony

The State of Missouri has to follow the DWI rules… Sometimes

Posted by Matthew Russell on Oct 30, 2015 5:11:12 PM

State v. John Howell (SD33618) is a very recent case handed down by the Southern District Missouri Court of Appeals on the subject of DUI law. You can find the full case here: http://www.courts.mo.gov/file.jsp?id=93570.

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Topics: DWI, Arrest

What is a Misdemeanor in Missouri?

Posted by Matthew Russell on Oct 25, 2015 10:09:52 PM

As a criminal defense attorney, I come across all sorts of people. That is one of the most interesting things about my job. I come to meet people that consider a misdemeanor the end of their world. A life altering black smear on their life’s existence. I also encounter the exact opposite. A person that thinks that a minor infraction like this is just a slow Wednesday in Springfield, Missouri. Not a big deal at all.

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If I hire a Criminal Defense Lawyer will I have to go to Court on a Speeding Ticket?

Posted by Matthew Russell on Oct 20, 2015 11:11:04 PM

I get asked this question all of the time: Will I have to go to Court on my speeding ticket when I hire you as my criminal defense lawyer? There is a short answer and then a longer answer.

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Topics: Traffic Ticket

Should I just pay for the Speeding Ticket I get in Springfield, MO?

Posted by Matthew Russell on Oct 18, 2015 9:36:17 PM

Well, that certainly seems like the easiest thing to do, right?  The Springfield Police Officer just gave you a ticket for speeding. Or maybe it was Greene County or a Highway Patrolman. They were a nice guy and lowered the speed from 20 over to 16 over. That cut you a huge break, right? They offered to let you just take care of it by sending money in with the envelope that they handed you with the citation. Just get it done and over with, right? 

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Topics: Traffic Ticket

Can I lose my license from Speeding Tickets and Points?

Posted by Matthew Russell on Oct 16, 2015 7:07:07 AM

You are late for a meeting. The kids did not move fast enough this morning and you are running behind. What is the worst thing that could happen? That’s right… You see the lights and hear the siren behind you. You are about ready to get a present from your friendly Greene County Sheriff’s Deputy.

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Topics: Traffic Ticket