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James P. Deffet

James P. Deffet

Law Offices of James P. Deffet LLC
  • Criminal Law, DUI & DWI, Personal Injury...
  • Kansas, Missouri
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Practice Areas
  • Criminal Law
  • DUI & DWI
  • Personal Injury
  • Insurance Claims
  • Traffic Tickets
Additional Practice Areas
  • Car Accidents
  • Insurance Bad Faith
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
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  • Contingent Fees
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
8th Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court
Drake University Law School
Providence College
B.A. | Double Major in History and Philosophy
Professional Associations
Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys
Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
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Legal Answers
4 Questions Answered

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
A: 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 issued at the time of the arrest. There are many technical factors involved in a DWI charge and I would advise you at least consult with an attorney regarding the facts of your specific case.
Q. Should I fight a disorderly conduct charge when I swam for 20 min. after a few drinks but was not drunk?
A: 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.
Q. Are you required to sign a civil order/memo?
A: 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.
Q. I was pushed from behind, fell and sustained a serious injury. Does homeowner's or renter's insurance apply?
A: 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 insurance policy, there still is very likely coverage under a medical payments portion which would cover medical bills and possibly lost wages. I would advise that you discuss the situation with a lawyer before you go much further.
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