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Consequences Of Having An Order Of Protection Entered Against You

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When you think of criminal defense, what comes to mind?

From reckless driving to manslaughter and everything in between, criminal defense at the Lake of the Ozarks comes in a variety of different forms. Today, the team at O'Donnell Law Center is here to take a look at some of the different factors involved in abuse or assault cases. Specifically, we want to look at orders of protection and the impacts they can have on those they are entered against.


What Is An Order Of Protection?To put it simply, an order of protection, also called a restraining order, is a court order that is entered by a judge against a person accused of such things as abuse, assault, the threat of abuse or assault, or stalking, and are intended to provide a layer of protection between the alleged victim and the person accused of the threatening or dangerous behavior. While these orders do not necessarily prevent the undesired behavior, they do give law enforcement the ability to arrest you based upon a violation…

What NOT To Do When Getting A Divorce

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Even for the most mature, emotionally grounded individuals, divorce can be incredibly challenging and stressful. Even when both parties agree that divorce is the best option for everyone involved, emotions tend to run high and it can be hard to stay level-headed. Your Lake of the Ozarks divorce attorney can help you navigate your divorce in such a way that is as stress free and rational as possible. If you are getting a divorce at the Lake of the Ozarks, what you don't do can be just as important as what you do do. Here are a few reminders on what NOT to do, courtesy of the team at O'Donnell Law Center.


Don't Forget To Update Your Will
If you and your spouse had established a will while you were married, it is crucial that you update this document after the divorce is finalized. Chances are you will no longer want your now-ex-spouse to be your healthcare power of attorney, for example, and your assets may have changed during the divorce proceedings. You will want to update y…

3 Example Defenses You Can Use In A Criminal Court Case

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Under our American legal system, individuals who have been charged with a crime are innocent until proven guilty. If you are facing a criminal charge at the Lake of the Ozarks, you have many rights that go along with that presumption of innocence. Depending on the severity of your criminal charge, being found guilty can have serious consequences that forever change your life as you know it, including:
Hefty fines and county jail timeLife in prison and even deathA criminal record that will stay with you for the rest of your lifeWith such dire consequences at stake, it is critically important that you consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney in central Missouri as soon as you are charged with a crime, and even before being charged if you are the target of a criminal investigation.


There are several different categories of defenses to consider if you find yourself charged with a criminal offense. Your criminal defense attorney will be able to work with you to help determine wh…

Getting To Know Andrea Harris

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We're a tightly knit team at O'Donnell Law Center; we rely heavily on each of our valued team members in order to successfully provide high-quality legal representation to each of of our clients. Over the past several weeks, we have had the pleasure of introducing you to several of our team members: attorney Deirdre O'Donnell, paralegal Randy Huff, and legal assistant Aprill Stonebarger. This week, we'd like to finish off this introductory blog series by introducing you to the other key person on our team: Ms. Andrea Harris.

Getting To Know Andrea HarrisAndrea was born and raised in St. Louis County. She graduated from high school in 1982 and went on to earn an associate's degree from St. Louis Community College. She lives with her beloved husband, Justus, and their son, Magnus.


Andrea started out working with animals. She volunteered at a veterinary clinic, and worked with birds of prey and other wildlife in a domestic capacity. For twelve years, she worked as a kee…