Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Different Types of Child Custody

Fighting for custody of your child is a detailed, complicated process. Obtaining custody of your child is not as cut-and-dried as some people may think. There are actually several different kinds of custody, each with its own rights and responsibilities. O'Donnell Law Center is here to help you understand the different kinds of custody and how to increase your chances of obtaining the custody you desire.


Physical Custody

A parent who has been awarded physical custody is allowed to have the child live with him/her most of the time. The parent who is not granted physical custody may be given visitation rights or parenting time so he/she may still have significant time with the child. Many, many factors go into the judge's decision about who to award physical custody to. 

Legal Custody

A parent who has been awarded legal custody is allowed to be involved in the important decisions a parent or guardian is typically required to make regarding his/her child's welfare, such as medical care, dental care, education, and religious upbringing. A parent may be awarded legal custody even if he/she has not been awarded physical custody.

Sole Custody

A parent can be given sole physical custody, sole legal custody, or both. If one parent has been given sole physical custody, the child will live with him/her exclusively (although the other parent may still be granted visitation rights). If one parent has been granted sole legal custody, he/she will be solely responsible for making all the decisions regarding the child's upbringing.

While it is rare, a parent may be granted sole physical and sole legal custody. Typically, this only happens if the other parent has been deemed unfit to play any significant role in their child's life. This may be due to a history of child abuse, for example, or a drug or alcohol addiction.

Joint Custody

In recent years, society has begun placing increasing importance on the role both parents have to play in their children's lives. In an effort to include both parents in the child's upbringing, most courts prefer joint custody when awarding child custody during a divorce at the Lake of the Ozarks.



In joint physical custody situations, the child will move back and forth between the mother's and the father's homes. While their child's time may be divided evenly in some situations, it is more common for the child to spend more time with one parent in an effort to minimize disruption to the child's daily schedule. For example, he/she may live with one parent during the week (while in school) and then visit the other parent on the weekends. The timing may be redivided during the summer, when the child is not in school.

In joint legal custody, both parents have the right to be involved in the important decisions regarding their child's upbringing. Joint legal custody may be assigned even if one parent has been given sole physical custody. 

Violating Custody Agreements

No matter how physical and legal custody has been assigned, both parents are required to abide by these rulings. If one parent violates these agreements, he may be brought to court and may face consequences ordered by the judge. It is also important to note that child custody, visitation rights, and child support are entirely separate issues; a parent is never allowed to withhold visitation rights as punishment for missing child support payments. If one parent is failing to provide the required child support, the other parent may bring him/her before the court to seek compensation.

The violation of a custody agreement often creates a great deal of animosity between both parents. This animosity may, in turn, create added stress on the children involved. Try to remember that your ex is not your child's ex; just because you and your spouse have decided to go your separate ways does not mean that your child wishes to do so. By agreeing to work together as cooperatively as possible, you can make the process easier on the people you both care about the most: your children.

Questions About Custody Agreements?
No matter what role you play in the process, custody battles and disagreements can be stressful. If you have questions about custody battles at the Lake of the Ozarks, contact our family attorney in Osage Beach, MO. We would be happy to assist in any way we can.


We Carry Your Burden ~ You Carry On With Life.

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Phone: (573) 552-0317

O'Donnell Law Center, LLC
1026 Palisades Blvd. Suite 3
Osage Beach, MO  65065

(Located on the McDonald's Side of the Building)

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Probation vs Parole

It should come as no surprise that a criminal conviction has several undesirable consequences. In addition to hefty fines, individuals can face several years in prison if they are convicted of a serious crime. Fortunately, there are alternatives to serving a full prison sentence - probation and parole. Our criminal defense attorney at the Lake of the Ozarks is here to help you better understand the differences between the two.


Probation


A term of probation is one alternative to a prison sentence. Instead of being ordered to serve time in prison, individuals on probation typically must fulfill strict requirements, such as completing a certain number of community service hours, attending rehabilitation classes, submitting to drug and alcohol tests, and attending regular meetings with the probation officers to monitor progress.

If a person on probation fails to satisfy their probation requirements, their probation may be revoked and a prison sentence may be imposed. The decision of whether or not probation should be revoked and a prison sentence imposed typically is made by a judge after a hearing and opportunity to be heard on the circumstances of the probation violation and whether or the the violation occurred.  

Parole


Parole occurs after an individual has served a substantial portion of their jail or prison sentence in confinement and is being released from confinement to serve out the rest of his or her sentence in the community. As with probation, individuals who are on parole are usually required to follow strict rules and to meet with his or her parole officer regularly throughout the term of parole.

While on parole, an individual may also be required to live in halfway house for a period of time. A halfway house is a center designed to help former prisoners gradually readjust to life in the community.

Parolees who fail to meet the requirements assigned to them may be ordered to return to prison to fulfill the remainder of their sentence.

Deirdre O'Donnell ~ Your Trusted Criminal Defense Attorney


If you are facing criminal charges, your criminal defense attorney in Camden County MO will work tirelessly with you to achieve a satisfactory outcome.  If you would like more information on defending criminal charges at the Lake of the Ozarks, visit our website or call us at 573-552-0317.
We Carry Your Burden ~ You Carry On With Life.

Disclaimer: No attorney-client relationship is created by the publication of this blog.


The choice of a lawyer is an important decision and should not be based solely on advertising.


Phone: (573) 552-0317

O'Donnell Law Center, LLC
1026 Palisades Blvd. Suite 3
Osage Beach, MO  65065

(Located on the McDonald's Side of the Building)

Friday, December 11, 2015

Leasing Your Home: Important Tips

If you own a second home or condo at the Lake, leasing it to renters may be a great way to earn supplemental income to help offset your second mortgage payment. While there are several benefits to leasing your home, however, there are also several potential drawbacks.

Before leasing your home, it's important to draft a solid lease agreement with the help of an attorney at the Lake of the Ozarks. If properly created, your lease agreement should help protect you and your property if and when issues arise at a later date. O'Donnell Law Center is here to offer a few important considerations for those of you thinking about renting out your second home.


Things To Consider Before Renting Your Home

The lease agreement is a legal contract between you and your renter. Here are some typical components of a standard lease agreement.

Length Of Lease
Before drafting your lease agreement, it's important to decide how long you wish to have your home occupied. One year is a common term for a lease agreement, but this term can range from six months to two years or more. 

Related to length of lease term are things such as what happens if or when:
  • The lease is up
  • The renter leaves the home before the lease is up
  • The renter wishes to stay on a month-to-month contract after the lease expires

Rent Details
Rent amount is another crucial component. This section of the agreement spells out how much your renter will owe you every month, what day of the month the rent is owed to you, and what happens if your renter is late on his/her payments.

Lease Regulations
As the owner of your home, you probably have specific requirements for how your renter is allowed to treat your property, such as:
  • What types of modifications the renter is allowed to make to the home
  • How many guests are allowed to spend the night
  • If there is a limit as to how many nights in a row a guest may stay in the home
  • What size / number of pets they are allowed to have.
Deposits and Fees
This section of your lease agreement is where you describe what fees your renter will be responsible for beyond the rental amount. For example, you may wish to require a security deposit, an additional deposit if pets are involved, and fees for late or returned payments.

Other Considerations
With the above components carefully detailed, your lease agreement will be off to a solid start. But there are many, many other important components that must be considered.  Here are just a few of them:
  • Who will be responsible for paying the utility bills
  • Who will be responsible for making any necessary repairs
  • Whether or not you require renter's insurance
  • Whether or not you (the owner) will be able to enter the property in emergency situations and how to handle scheduled maintenance

O'Donnell Law Center Can Help Draft Your Agreement!

If you are thinking about leasing your home, contact our law firm at the Lake of the Ozarks for help drafting a solid lease agreement. Our attorney will be here for you along every step of the process, from drafting the agreement to enforcing the contract if necessary. Contact O'Donnell Law Center at the Lake of the Ozarks for more information!


Call the most trusted law firm at the Lake of the Ozarks to get started today:
(573) 552-0317
We Carry Your Burden ~ You Carry On With Life.

Disclaimer: No attorney-client relationship is created by the publication of this blog.


The choice of a lawyer is an important decision and should not be based solely on advertising.


Phone: (573) 552-0317

O'Donnell Law Center, LLC
1026 Palisades Blvd. Suite 3
Osage Beach, MO  65065

(Located on the McDonald's Side of the Building)

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Combating The Penalties From Your Driving Ticket

The point system associated with a Missouri driver's license is pretty straight forward. Every moving violation and some non-moving violations resulting in a conviction is worth a certain number of points, and if drivers accumulate too many points within a certain period of time, their license may be suspended or revoked. Fortunately, traffic attorneys at the Lake of the Ozarks may be able to help drivers reduce or avoid these undesirable consequences.


Criminal Acts on the Road


Missouri's point system works to track each driver's illegal transgressions. Many of the things most people think of as simply "bad driving" are actually considered criminal acts in the eyes of the law. The following are all examples of criminal acts that Missouri drivers commit almost every single day:
  • Driving Without A License
  • Driving Without Insurance
  • Careless and Imprudent Driving
  • Speeding
  • Driving While Intoxicated

With our experience in criminal defense and Missouri's traffic law, O'Donnell Law Center may be able to help reduce the penalties associated with these types of charges. 

Reducing The Penalties


Depending on your specific situation, your Missouri traffic attorney may be able to obtain a reduced charge or facilitate an amendment of the charge from a moving violation to a non-moving violation that does not carry points. Your attorney can help you evaluate your situation and determine how best to proceed.

O'Donnell Law Center May Be Able To Help


If you have received a ticket for a traffic violation, contact our traffic attorney in Osage Beach, MO. While simply paying your ticket may seem like the easiest solution in the moment, it may not be the most cost-effective in the long run. Once you pay your ticket, you are admitting guilt, receiving a conviction, and setting yourself up for points to be assessed to your driver's license which could result in a revoked or suspended licenses and increased auto insurance costs. If you are looking for a traffic attorney, contact the team at our Lake of the Ozarks law firm for the representation you need.

Call the most trusted law firm at the Lake of the Ozarks to get started today:
(573) 552-0317
We Carry Your Burden ~ You Carry On With Life.

Disclaimer: No attorney-client relationship is created by the publication of this blog.


The choice of a lawyer is an important decision and should not be based solely on advertising.


Phone: (573) 552-0317

O'Donnell Law Center, LLC
1026 Palisades Blvd. Suite 3
Osage Beach, MO  65065



(Located on the McDonald's Side of the Building)

Friday, November 27, 2015

Recovering The Damages From Your Car Accident

A car accident at the Lake of the Ozarks or elsewhere is stressful and overwhelming. If it's a bad accident, the stress is ten-fold. Our car accident attorney in Osage Beach, MO is here to help you recover the maximum amount of damages possible for your case, but it's important to make sure the proper steps have been followed in order to set yourself up for success. If you have been in an accident, make sure you follow the following steps:


TIP #1:  Move Your Vehicle Out Of The Road

When possible, the very first thing you should do is get yourself and all involved vehicles out of the way of oncoming traffic as quickly as possible. If you remain in the roadway, you risk being hit by other vehicles and increasing the damages/injuries associated with your accident.

TIP #2:  Call 911

The next thing you should do is call 911 and request the presence of emergency authorities. If the accident and resulting injuries are severe, you may need an ambulance and/or fire truck. Law enforcement will typically write an accident report, assess liability, and if appropriate, write a ticket to the at-fault party. This documentation and information will be useful to your attorney as he or she assesses your personal injury claim.

TIP #3: Don't Leave The Scene Of The Accident

Many new drivers do not realize this, but leaving the scene of an auto accident can be illegal. If you are the at-fault driver and have left the scene of the accident by the time the authorities arrive, you may be charged with a "hit and run," which could result in serious penalties or even a criminal record. Even if the damage is minor, you should remain at the scene of the accident until the authorities have indicated you may leave.

TIP #4:  Take Pictures Of The Accident

We strongly recommend that you take photographs of your accident. Chances are good that the details you remember about the accident will be different than the details the other driver remembers.  Photographic evidence can be a huge asset when pursuing a personal injury claim.

TIP #5:  Document Everything

If you want to set your car accident claim up for success, it is imperative that you document everything. Your car accident attorney at the Lake of the Ozarks may be able to help you properly position your case. Examples of the types of documentation you will need may include the other driver's insurance information, photographs of the scene of the accident, the police report, and correspondence with your insurance company.

Have You Been In An Accident? Contact O'Donnell Law Center Today.

Remember to exercise extra caution while you are traveling for Thanksgiving weekend; more auto accidents happen around Thanksgiving than almost any other time of the year.

If you are fighting for your rights in the aftermath of an auto accident, we hope you will contact O'Donnell Law Center. Our dedicated auto accident attorney will do everything possible to ensure that you recover the damages from your accident that you deserve. 

Call the most trusted law firm at the Lake of the Ozarks to get started today:
(573) 552-0317
We Carry Your Burden ~ You Carry On With Life.

Disclaimer: No attorney-client relationship is created by the publication of this blog.


Phone: (573) 552-0317

O'Donnell Law Center, LLC
1026 Palisades Blvd. Suite 3
Osage Beach, MO  65065


(Located on the McDonald's Side of the Building)

Friday, November 20, 2015

Understanding Premises Liability Accidents

Serious personal injury caused by the negligence of another can be devastating. While of course the legal process cannot heal your wounds, it can sometimes help to ease the recovery process by providing financial compensation to help cover the expenses and lost income that often result from an injury. At O'Donnell Law Center, our personal injury lawyer at the Lake of the Ozarks and our team of dedicated legal professionals can help you with every step of the process, including:
  • Obtaining medical records 
  • Evaluating your accident
  • Making an appropriate demand for compensation for your injuries
  • Bringing your claim to litigation if no settlement is reached


An Overview Of Premises Liability Accidents

This week, we want to specifically look at one unique aspect of personal injury law - premises liability accidents. Employers, retailers, and manufacturers all have a legal responsibility to ensure that their commercial properties are safe for their customers, and failure to do so can have serious legal repercussions.

The most well-known type of premises liability claims revolve around slip-and-fall accidents. As their name implies, these accidents occur when consumers slip and fall on wet, slick or defective surfaces, injuring themselves in the process. Remember the "Caution: Wet Floor" signs you saw last time you were in the grocery store? These signs are there to help protect the property owner from being held legally liable for any injuries sustained in the area.

While slip-and-fall accidents tend to be the most well-known, premises liability accidents also encompass many other types of mishaps, including inadequate security, dangerous animals, property/product/equipment dangers and defects, etc.

Damages For Premises Liability Accidents

As with other types of personal injury cases at the Lake of the Ozarks, those injured on commercial property may be able to seek compensation for several different aspects of their recovery. Examples of these types of damages may include:
  • Lost Wages
  • Pain & Suffering
  • Medical Bills
  • Physical Impairment
  • Resulting Disability
  • Associated Mental Distress

Contact O'Donnell Law Center For The Representation You Need!

Premises liability accidents can have serious repercussions for the injured individual; the resulting medical bills and lost wages can be daunting enough, without taking into account the associated mental distress and potential for long-term physical impairment. If you have been injured on commercial property, we encourage you to reach out to our personal injury firm at the Lake of the Ozarks immediately. We would be honored to help you through this difficult time.


Call the most trusted law firm at the Lake of the Ozarks to get started today:
(573) 552-0317
We Carry Your Burden ~ You Carry On With Life.

Disclaimer: No attorney-client relationship is created by the publication of this blog.


Phone: (573) 552-0317

O'Donnell Law Center, LLC
1026 Palisades Blvd. Suite 3
Osage Beach, MO  65065


(Located on the McDonald's Side of the Building)

Friday, November 13, 2015

Facing Criminal Charges? 5 Reasons To Hire Us

It doesn't matter whether you are guilty of the alleged crime or not; when you are facing criminal charges, your very future is at stake regardless of whether or not you actually committed the crime. It also doesn't matter if you are working at the municipal, state, or federal level; the government always has countless resources it can use against you in your case. No matter how big or small your case may seem, securing representation from an experienced criminal defense attorney at the Lake of the Ozarks is absolutely crucial. Here are five reasons why you should hire O'Donnell Law Center to defend you against your criminal charges.


#1 - You Don't (Nor Can You Be Expected) To Know The Ins And Outs Of The Criminal Court

Criminal law is incredibly complex. There are rules and procedures that govern almost every aspect of criminal cases, from how evidence of an alleged crime is collected to how you should address the court.  It is unrealistic to expect a person charged with a crime to be able to successfully navigate his or her criminal case without the representation of an experienced criminal defense attorney.

#2 - We Can Help You Carefully Examine The Prosecutor's Evidence

As mentioned above, there are very specific rules and procedures that govern how evidence should (and should not) be collected at the law enforcement level. Just because the prosecutor brings evidence to the table does not mean it is admissible in court to be used against you. Our skilled legal team will work hard to do our own investigation of how the evidence was collected, test the strength of that evidence, and prevent the evidence from being used against you whenever possible.

#3 - We May Be Able To Get You An Alternate Sentence

Even if evidence that you committed a crime is admissible in court, you may not have to suffer the full range of penalties or punishments the prosecutor asks for. Depending on your unique situation, your criminal defense attorney may be able to help you get a lesser charge and a lesser sentence, such as community service or a rehabilitation program in lieu of extended jail time.


#4 - We Can Help Secure Your Witness Testimony

Witnesses can be an absolutely crucial component of the trial process, and securing their participation so  the Judge can hear their testimony can have a major impact on the outcome of your case. At O'Donnell Law Center, we have the knowledge and experience needed to to know what witnesses are crucial to your defense and how to get them on the witness stand to testify on your behalf. 

#5 - Evidence Cannot Always Be Trusted

While everyone who testifies in court swears to speak "the truth and nothing but the truth," unfortunately, not every witness (nor piece of evidence presented) can be trusted. Our Missouri criminal defense attorney may be able to help identify when false or inaccurate evidence is being used against you.

Contact O'Donnell Law Center To Represent Your Case

Facing criminal charges can be an incredibly harrowing and nerve-wracking experience. When we represent clients in the face of criminal charges, we strive to take the burden off of their shoulders. We can defend our clients against several different types of criminal charges, including (but not limited to):
  • Careless and Imprudent Driving
  • Sexual Assault Against Children or Adults
  • Fraud
  • Possession of Child Pornography
  • Minor In Possession
  • Manslaughter
  • Arson
  • Burglary and Theft
  • Driving While Intoxicated

To learn more about our criminal defense services at the Lake of the Ozarks, visit our website: http://www.odonnelllawcenter.com/criminal-law.asp

Call the most trusted law firm at the Lake of the Ozarks to get started today:
(573) 552-0317
We Carry Your Burden ~ You Carry On With Life.

Disclaimer: No attorney-client relationship is created by the publication of this blog.


Phone: (573) 552-0317

O'Donnell Law Center, LLC
1026 Palisades Blvd. Suite 3
Osage Beach, MO  65065

(Located on the McDonald's Side of the Building)

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Preparing For Court - 4 Tips

The idea of going to court can be a daunting prospect. Litigation has garnered a bad reputation over the years for being time-consuming and expensive, and many people balk at the idea of having to bring their case to court. At O'Donnell Law Center, we understand these concerns and do everything we can to resolve your case without a trial first. Of course, sometimes litigation is the only viable option for bringing your case to a conclusion, and when that happens, we work very hard to earn your satisfaction.


In these instances, you can count on our experienced attorney at the Lake of the Ozarks to help alleviate the stress of litigation as much as possible. In keeping with our mission, we're dedicating this week's blog to a few simple but important tips to help you prepare for a day in court.

1. Get Plenty Of Sleep The Night Before

No matter whether you're the plaintiff or the defendant, it is perfectly normal to be anxious during the days leading up to your first court date. Though you may find you have difficulty sleeping, it's important to get plenty of rest the night before your court date. Without proper rest, you may find it more difficult to remain calm and collected in court.

2. Dress Professionally

Courtrooms are governed by dress codes. In fact, failure to obey the dress code can result in you being unable to enter the courtroom. To avoid this problem, wear dressy casual or professional business attire for your court appearance.

3. Arrive Early

When it comes to the court system, timeliness is crucial. In order to avoid being late to your court date, we recommend planning to arrive at least fifteen or twenty minutes early. This will give you plenty of time to park, get through security, and find your way to the courtroom. Navigating these unfamiliar places may take more time than you anticipate, so you would be wise to have extra time built into your schedule.

4. Ask Your Attorney What To Expect

Every court case is different; it's impossible to predict exactly how the proceedings will go. Nevertheless, your lawyer in Camden County MO will have represented several clients in similar positions and should be able to give you a good general idea of what to expect. Eliminating some of these unknowns will help you gain confidence for the upcoming court proceedings.

In Need Of An Attorney To Represent You? Contact Us!

If you are in need of a skilled attorney at the Lake of the Ozarks to represent you and your case, contact O'Donnell Law Center. Our dedicated staff would be happy to lift the burden off of your shoulders. Give us a call at 573-552-0317 to get started.


Call the most trusted law firm at the Lake of the Ozarks to get started today:
(573) 552-0317
We Carry Your Burden ~ You Carry On With Life.

Disclaimer: No attorney-client relationship is created by the publication of this blog.


Phone: (573) 552-0317

O'Donnell Law Center, LLC
1026 Palisades Blvd. Suite 3
Osage Beach, MO  65065

(Located on the McDonald's Side of the Building)

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Your Legal Case Doesn't Have To Be Scary!

Enjoying scary events in honor of Halloween can be exciting, but being scared in "real life" is not nearly as much fun. Many people experience fear when facing a challenging legal situation, be it a car accident, a workers' compensation case, a criminal accusation, or a high-stakes divorce. No matter what legal challenge you may be facing, the team at O'Donnell Law Center will be here to help take the burden off of your shoulders as best we can.


We Carry Your Burden ...

Inevitably, we will all hit a bump in the road at some point in our lives. At our Lake of the Ozarks law firm, everything we do is designed to take the burden off of your shoulders during your difficult time. In the past, we have successfully helped clients navigate several different types of legal challenges, including...
  • Defending their innocence in the face of a criminal accusation
  • Securing much-needed financial compensation to cover their injuries
  • Navigating a challenging divorce
  • Planning their estate to provide for their surviving friends and family
  • Incorporating their new business
  • Evicting problematic tenants


... You Carry On With Life

Our attorney at the Lake of the Ozarks has experience handling cases in a wide variety of different legal disciplines. No matter what case you are dealing with, we would love the chance to offer our assistance. With state-of-the-art technology, software, and cloud computing, our team is able to remain agile, mobile, and efficient. This flexibility is a huge asset for our clients, because it gives them control over several different aspects of their case. For example, our clients can...
  • Choose when and where we meet
  • Choose how and when we communicate
  • Access legal documents 24/7

Additionally, we are able to tell our clients what the total cost of their legal services will be before we begin working on their case. 

By helping to relieve our clients' stress, we enable them to carry on with their lives as they see fit. When we lift the burden from our clients' shoulders, they are able to spend time with their friends and family, continue working, and do whatever they need to maintain a sense of normalcy during their challenging times.

Happy Halloween from O'Donnell Law Center!

This Halloween, we hope you and your family will enjoy the fun, spooky events - and leave the daunting and/or scary legal cases to us. If you think we may be able to help with your legal case at the Lake of the Ozarks, please contact O'Donnell Law Center to get started.


Call the most trusted law firm at the Lake of the Ozarks to get started today:
(573) 552-0317
We Carry Your Burden ~ You Carry On With Life.

Disclaimer: No attorney-client relationship is created by the publication of this blog.


Phone: (573) 552-0317

O'Donnell Law Center, LLC
1026 Palisades Blvd. Suite 3
Osage Beach, MO  65065
(Located on the McDonald's Side of the Building)

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Consequences of a Domestic Assault Conviction

The month of October is designated as a time to raise awareness for victims of domestic violence, but it is also a good time to raise awareness of the collateral consequences of being convicted of domestic assault. As most people are aware, domestic assault is a criminal act and, as such, can have serious legal consequences. This week, the team at O'Donnell Law Center is here to offer some insight into the types of consequences that those convicted of domestic assault may face.



Domestic Assault - What is It?

"Domestic assault" refers to many different types of violent or hostile acts, many of which we hear about in the news and media. In addition to assault and battery, here are a few examples of other types of acts that you may be surprised could constitute domestic assault:
  • Child Abuse 
  • Elder Abuse
  • Sexual Violence by Intimate Partners
  • Verbal Threats of Violence
  • Isolation From Other Persons or Communication Devices
You do not have to be in a current close relationship with the alleged victim to be convicted of domestic violence. If you had previously been married to, had a child with, lived with, or dated your victim, you may be charged with domestic violence.

Being Convicted Of Domestic Assault - The Consequences

Domestic assault is considered either a misdemeanor or a felony (depending on the situation). As such, being convicted of domestic assault can have huge, lifetime consequences on your lifestyle. Here are a few examples of the types of consequences those convicted may face:
  • Years of Prison
  • Loss of Custody and/or Visitation Rights
  • Difficulty Obtaining Employment
  • Restrictions on Conceal and Carry Permissions
  • Difficulty Obtaining Housing
  • Required Anger Management or Batterers Intervention Classes
  • Difficulty Obtaining A Loan
  • Years of Probation
  • Restrictions Imposed by an Abuse Order of Protection

Contact O'Donnell Law Center For Representation

With so much at stake, it is crucial that you seek the representation of an experienced Lake of the Ozarks criminal defense attorney. If you are currently facing domestic assault charges, don't hesitate to reach out O'Donnell Law Center for criminal representation at the Lake of the Ozarks. We will do everything we can to take the burden off your shoulders.


Call the most trusted law firm at the Lake of the Ozarks to get started today.
We Carry Your Burden ~ You Carry On With Life.

Disclaimer: No attorney-client relationship is created by the publication of this blog.


Phone: (573) 552-0317

O'Donnell Law Center, LLC
1026 Palisades Blvd. Suite 3
Osage Beach, MO  65065
(Located on the McDonald's Side of the Building)

Friday, October 16, 2015

4 Situations In Which You Should Hire An Attorney

Do you need an attorney for that?

There are a lot of different reasons to hire an attorney. Some situations can be easily handled on your own, but others may require professional legal representation at the Lake of the Ozarks. How do you know which applies to your unique position? O'Donnell Law Center is here to help.


Situations In Which You Should Hire An Attorney:

1.  Difficult Divorces
Having representation during a difficult divorce can be enormously helpful. You will likely be under a lot of pressure and stressed about making sure you have everything you need to support yourself after the divorce. Your Lake of the Ozarks divorce attorney will strive to ensure that you are set up for success in the next chapter of your life.

2.  Car Accidents
A simple fender-bender may not require legal representation, but most of our clients find that having a lawyer help with serious car accidents can be very beneficial - especially in accidents that result in major injuries or costly repairs. Being ruled "at fault" for an accident can drastically increase your insurance costs, and cause other negative consequences.  Your attorney may be able to help you avoid or minimize some of these negative outcomes.

3.  Challenging Ex-Employees
Unfortunately, employee relationships don't always end on the friendliest terms. Whether they are breaching your privacy policies or your non-compete agreement, ex-employees can be very problematic. If you have an ex-employee who is causing problems, you may need to seek legal action in order to minimize the damage to your business or your company's reputation.

4.  Criminal Charges
Being charged with a crime can completely turn your life upside down. Being convicted can have long-lasting and life-altering consequences; your criminal record can stay with you for life, and can make it difficult to qualify for student loans or to pass a background check for your dream job. When your future is on the line, it's better not to leave anything to chance - contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer in Camden County MO immediately.

The O'Donnell Law Center Team Will Be Here For You

Facing legal challenges can be incredibly overwhelming and stressful. At O'Donnell Law Center, we aim to relieve our clients from some of these stressors. With our unique combination of experience and compassion, we strive to lift the burden off of our clients' shoulders. If you are ever in need of an attorney in central Missouri, we hope you will keep us in mind.


Call the most trusted law firm at the Lake of the Ozarks to get started today.
We Carry Your Burden ~ You Carry On With Life.

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Phone: (573) 552-0317

O'Donnell Law Center, LLC
1026 Palisades Blvd. Suite 3
Osage Beach, MO  65065
(Located on the McDonald's Side of the Building)