Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) FAQs

Driving while intoxicated is such a serious mistake. You could be making a life-changing mistake that's putting yourself and others in danger. You should always designate a sober driver no matter what the case. If you do find yourself needing a DWI lawyer at the Lake of the Ozarks, you should contact Gibbons Law Firm in Lake Ozark. Your first consultation is free. Our local Lake Ozark Law Firm can be reached at (573) 348-2211. In the meantime, keep reading this week's blog for the answers to a few frequently asked questions regarding driving while intoxicated.

Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) FAQs


Q: If asked to take a field sobriety test, do you legally have to do so?

A: Technically, if you are pulled over and the police officer asks you to participate in a field sobriety test, which may involve actions such as:
  • The HGN test, which involves following the officer's finger with your eyes.
  • The one-leg stand test, which is pretty self-explanatory.
  • The walk-and-turn test, which requires you to walk and turn with one foot and come back.
You can refuse to take the field sobriety test, however, if you do appear to be intoxicated on the scene, the police officer may have grounds to arrest you still. Be aware of this. 

Q: Are DWI checkpoints legal in the state of Missouri?

A: Let's define what a DWI checkpoint is just to make sure we are all on the same page. You may find these on your route home from a large event that involved many people drinking alcohol. It's an organized stop where law enforcement officers stop everyone who passes by to see if there's any sign of the driver being intoxicated. Some people may feel that an officer doesn't have probable cause to stop everyone, but checkpoints are in fact legal.


Q: If you already have multiple DWIs and get pulled over for drinking while intoxicated, what happens?

A: Your punishment may be more severe than a first-time offender, that much is obvious, but it's more important than ever that you get an experienced DWI attorney in Mid-Missouri to walk you through your options. Come up with a plan and get all your questions answered.


Gibbons Law Firm Can Help!


Driving while intoxicated is a serious matter and should not be taken lightly. If you are facing a driving while intoxicated charge, you should really consider getting an experienced criminal defense attorney is Mid-MO as soon as possible. Gibbons Law Firm represents clients in all types of felony and misdemeanor cases. Roger Gibbons has successfully tried hundreds of criminal cases of all types. We are committed to providing clients with criminal defense services that will ensure their rights are protected and they are treated fairly. Find out more about how we can assist you by contacting our Firm and making an appointment today.


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Friday, February 14, 2020

Child Support for Your Family: What Can You Do?

Child support is an essential tool needed to raise a child as a single parent, right? Everyone has a different situation, but when two parents divorce and one parent is expected to pay child support to the other parent who spends the most time with the child, typically that money is very relied on. What do you do if that money stops showing up in your account all of a sudden? Our child support attorneys at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to give you a few tips for keeping your child support coming in smoothly on a regular basis. For help with matters regarding child support in Missouri, call Gibbons Law Firm today for your free consultation at (573) 348-2211.

Points To Be Aware Of When It Comes To Child Support


What To Do...

When You Stop Receiving Child Support Payments Suddenly
When child support is court-ordered, that typically doesn't change. That being said, the income one receives from their job is taken into account when the child support amount is calculated and if the payer of child support loses their job, that may constitute a SHORT stop in them having to pay. However, you still need to petition the court and get the child support your child deserves.

If You Never Received The Payments in the First Place
Don't panic! If your ex isn't paying you child support that he or she is legally required to do, you do have legal options. According to the Child Support Enforcement Act of 1984, you can seek the help of the district attorney in this case. Typically, your ex will be served with papers saying they must pay or jail time may be enforced, but this is a last resort. Garnishing wages, withholding tax refunds, suspension of occupation license or business license, revoking of the driver's license, and property seizing may be enforced in cases like this. The point here is your child is your responsibility, child support needs to be paid one way or another.

If Your Co-Parent Who Has Been Paying Child Support Loses Their Job
Again, you still need to petition the court if this happens. They are still responsible for paying child support. Yes, they may possibly get a short break in paying child support while they try to get another job, but they still need to get it paid.



Child Support Lawyers at the Lake of the Ozarks


Gibbons Law Firm assists clients with all types of family law cases, including child support. We are committed to providing the legal counseling and advice that clients need in these types of cases. Find out more about how we can assist you by contacting our Firm and making an appointment today for your free consultation. Family Law Family law deals with issues arising from marriage and other domestic relationships. Divorce is hard for everyone, but no single parent should have to support their child all by themselves, if the child has two parents, they have two people who are responsible for them. To learn more about child support in Missouri, please call Gibbons Law Firm today. We can be reached at the phone number listed below and you can also follow us on our social media channels listed below to stay up to date on our latest announcements and legal tips.


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Friday, February 7, 2020

Factors That Can Mean You Have a Workplace Sexual Harassment Case

Sexual harassment in the workplace can be a serious offense. No person should ever feel unsafe in their workplace and there is no excuse for it. Sexual harassment is a type of personal injury case. Our personal injury attorneys at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to give you a few factors to consider that may mean you have a workplace sexual harassment case in this week's blog. If you are in need of a consultation regarding your personal injury case at the Lake of the Ozarks, please call Gibbons Law Firm today at (573) 348-2211.


Factors That Can Mean You Have a Workplace Sexual Harassment Case


What Type of Sexual Harassment Are You Dealing With?

The federal law classifies two primary forms of sexual harassment in the workplace:

Type 1: Quid Pro Quo
The Quid Pro Quo is when an employees' work status is threatened or changed due to a sexual advance or favor. If someone is being hired, promoted, or fired contingent upon their willingness to submit to sexual advances or perform a sexual favor, it is quid pro quo harassment.

Type 2: Hostile Work Environment
A Hostile Work Environment results when a person or group of people are made to feel uncomfortable at work. No physical contact has to be made to create a hostile work environment. A sexual joke or comment can certainly lead to a hostile work environment.


How Do You Know Its Sexual Harassment?

You should realize there are many forms of sexual harassment. Below you will find 9 examples of common sexual harassment situations, to help you better identify the type of harassment in the future:

  1. Asking for sexual favors. 
  2. Making uncalled for or sexual noises around another employee. 
  3. Asking about the sexual history of a co-worker. 
  4. Showing sexual photographs or objects.
  5. Insulting someone's clothing or appearance. 
  6. Threatening an employee if they refuse sexual advances or favors. 
  7. Touching someone in an inappropriate manner (brushing up against them, placing a hand on shoulder or back). 
  8. Discussing sex or sexual acts with another employee. 
  9. Kissing, hugging, punching, or grabbing someone you work with. 


Think You May Have a Personal Injury Case?


You don't know until you ask and the best way to get your answers is to go in for a FREE consultation and talk to an experienced personal injury lawyer in Lake Ozark. Explain what happened and together you will find whether or not you have a case worth pursuing.  If it is proven that another party’s wrongful conduct caused injury or damage, the injured person may be entitled to monetary compensation from the other party. Gibbons Law Firm generally represents such clients on a contingency fee basis and receives compensation only when the case is resolved. If you think you have a personal injury case, it is important that you consult with an experienced attorney to know your legal rights. As a plaintiff in a personal injury case, you will have the burden of proving your case. Consequently, before you hire a personal injury attorney, you may want to consider his or her willingness and ability to take your case to trial, if necessary, and whether he or she has a proven record of obtaining settlements and winning jury trials. Learn more and give us a call today at (573) 348-2211.


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Friday, January 31, 2020

4 Factors That Indicate You Should NOT Be Driving

You should always designate a sober driver if you plan to go anywhere and drink. You should never drink too much and try to drive home, no matter what the circumstances are. Mistakes happen and too many people have made the mistake of drinking and driving before. If you've made the mistake of drinking and driving and are faced with a DWI, we urge you to contact our DWI lawyers at the Lake of the Ozarks. You will need an experienced Lake Ozark attorney to represent you and Gibbons Law Firm can be reached at (573) 348-2211 for a consultation. Don't drink and drive - that may sound like an obvious statement, but history proves it's not so obvious to some drivers. Keep reading this week's blog for a few reasons why you shouldn't try to get behind a wheel if you are intoxicated or have just been drinking and are feeling slightly buzzed.



4 Factors That Indicate You Should NOT Be Driving


1. You're not thinking at your best.
When drinking, your judgment may be impaired. This is not a good attribute of a driver. Your judgment of traffic and other situations on the roadway may be hindered if you have alcohol in your system.

2. You're not moving as quickly as you normally would.
Alcohol can inhibit the time it takes for you to react to a situation. If you are operating a vehicle, you may not have the same reaction time as you would sober. If someone in front of you stops abruptly, you may not be able to get your vehicle stopped in time. If a deer jumps out in the road, you will likely not be able to react in a timely manner to avoid the animal. Swerving may be your instinct and this can lead to overcorrecting or travel off the road.

3. Your motor skills are likely off.
Your coordination may be impaired when driving under the influence of alcohol. It may make it difficult to navigate the roadway safely. Staying between the lines can be difficult for someone who has been drinking. Coordination is a vital part of safely operating a vehicle.

4. You may not be seeing clearly.
Road lights, signs, and other car's headlights can all blur together if you have been drinking. Many times a drunk driver will subconsciously drive toward a light that catches their eye. This can lead to a very dangerous situation on the road, especially with oncoming traffic.

Contact Gibbons Law Firm for a DWI Consultation.


If it's your first consultation, it's completely free. We don't charge anything for the first consultation. This gives you the chance to get your questions answered. This process can be scary and you may think that you automatically have no way out of this DWI, but believe it or not, things can be challenged in a DWI case and you should know all your options before assuming the worst. Gibbons Law Firm represents clients in all types of felony and misdemeanor cases. Roger Gibbons has successfully tried hundreds of criminal cases of all types. We are committed to providing clients with criminal defense services that will ensure their rights are protected and they are treated fairly. Find out more about how we can assist you by contacting our Firm and making an appointment today. Give us a call at (573) 348-2211.


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Friday, January 24, 2020

3 Questions To Ask Yourself If Considering Divorce

Divorce is not a decision to be made lightly. Our divorce lawyers at the Lake of the Ozarks can tell you that it can change your life forever. That being said, sometimes divorce is the necessary choice for some married people. If you are considering a divorce, we strongly encourage you to contact an experienced divorce attorney at the Lake of the Ozarks first, before making any irrational decisions. Call Gibbons Law Firm today for your free consultation. We can be reached at (573) 348-2211. In the meantime, keep reading this week's blog for a few questions to ask yourself if you are considering divorce.


3 Questions To Ask Yourself If Considering Divorce


1. Have you tried working your issues out amongst yourselves?
You don't want to go through the painful process that divorce can be and feel like you made the wrong decision. It's wise to pursue every available option to work out your marriage first just so that you are certain when you choose to divorce, that it was the right call for you and your family. You should do what's best for your specific situation but just be prepared and armed with all of the available information.

2. What is your plan post-divorce for your children?
If you are considering divorce you should know now that the court rules in the best interest of the children. Whatever you may be envisioning for your kids, you need to be realistic and communicate with your ex because your plan may not align with what is best for your kids.

3. What are your financial concerns regarding divorce?
There are many different types of marriages, some where both parents and some where one parent works and the other gives up his or her job to stay home to care for your small children. If you give up your job for your kids and then you get divorced, you may be concerned about how you will support yourself and your children. If this sounds like your situation, you should ask your divorce lawyer in Mid-MO about alimony and what your chances are of getting it.


No one ever really plans for their divorce to end in marriage. It's sad that about fifty percent of marriages end in divorce today, but the facts are that they do. If you're afraid your marriage is about to end in a divorce and have a ton of questions about what you should do next, call Gibbons Law Firm today. Your first consultation is free and you will likely feel more prepared if you at least get your many questions answered by someone who can guide you through this. We can be reached at (573) 348-2211. You can also follow us on all of our social media channels listed below to stay up to date on all of our latest announcements.


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Friday, January 17, 2020

Child Custody Planning Tips for Unmarried Parents

You never know what may happen in life. Not all families are formed after marriage, some start well before marriage. Our child custody lawyers at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to help you by giving you a few child custody planning tips for unmarried parents in this week's blog. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a free consultation regarding your child custody plan, please call Gibbons Law Firm today at (573) 348-2211.


Child Custody Planning Tips for Unmarried Parents


Agree on the last name you give your child.
Since you and your partner are not married, you likely don't have the same last name, so how do you decide on what last name to give your child? Many couples will either give one of their last names to the child or one of their last names can be the child's last name and the other last name can be the child's middle name. The point here is to make sure you both agree on what the child's last name will be.

Make sure that both parents are on the birth certificate.
You'll want to put both your names on the birth certificate. This can ensure that you both have parental rights, such as visitation rights, custody rights, and child support.

Consider adoption if you are married to one of the biological parents.
In some cases, two people will have a baby but choose not to stay together, but then one of those parents will get married and that spouse would like to be a parent. Many times the court will approve of this is they are married and may be more difficult if not.

Be sure to claim your child on your taxes.
It makes the most sense for the parent who has the highest income to claim the child on their taxes.

Know your rights if you and your unmarried partner break up.
If two unmarried, biological parents of a child break up, they both still have the right to pursue custody.


Family Lawyers at the Lake of the Ozarks


All of us here at Gibbons Law Firm hope you found this blog helpful. No one person can plan their life out exactly. Family Law deals with issues arising from marriage and other domestic relationships. The cases give rise to matters that include divorce, legal separation, division of assets and liabilities, spousal support, child custody, child support, and other matters. Other related aspects of family law include adoptions, annulments, guardianships, paternity cases, termination of parental rights, and prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. We can help you with all of this and more. Call Gibbons Law Firm today for your free consultation. We can be reached at (573) 348-2211. Gibbons Law Firm assists clients with all types of family law cases and we would be happy to help you with yours.


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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Safe Driving Tips for 2020

You should always designate a sober driver if you know you will be out somewhere drinking. DWIs at the Lake of the Ozarks happen and it's a very serious offense. With there being a huge Mardi Gras Pub Crawl coming up, we want to point out the safe driving options to get home or to your nearest lodging facility for the night. Our Camden County attorneys are also here to give you a few safe driving tips for the New Year! For your free DWI consultation, please call Gibbons Law Firm today at 573-348-2211.


Source: http://lakepubcrawl.com/

Mardi Gras Pub Crawl - The World's Largest Pub Crawl!
DATE : Saturday - February 8, 2020
TIME : Busses Start at 4:00 PM (VIP Shuttle Service Available too!)
COST : $10 Wrist Band

The wrist band is required and includes:

  • Entry to 16 participating venues
  • Unlimited entertainment – All locations will have band or DJ
  • Bus transportation to all 16 locations.
  • Pick up and drop off at participating Hotels/Motels.
  • Wrist bands can be purchased the night of the event or before the event at all 16 participating 

THE SAFE DRIVING OPTION FOR THE PUB CRAWL

23 total buses run from 4:00pm til 2:30am and will get you to and from your designated lodging facilities with no need to drive. Hotel shuttles are provided to get your crawl started and route buses stop at every location on the crawl.

If you live nearby and need a sober ride home versus one of the participating hotels, plan ahead and ask a sober friend to come to pick you up or call a taxi. Check HERE for a few taxi options at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Safe Driving Tips for 2020

  • Travel at a safe speed and obey the traffic signs at all times.
  • Be aware of weather conditions and travel safely and accordingly.
  • If possible, don't risk driving on ice. If you don't have a choice, then drive as slowly and cautiously as possible.
  • Wear your seatbelt at all times and be sure that your passengers put theirs on as well.
  • ALWAYS designate a sober driver if you are intoxicated and can't drive.



Always Designate a Sober Driver!

Our DWI lawyers at the Lake of the Ozarks can tell you that some pretty horrific accidents at the Lake have happened and were caused by drunk driving. You should always have a sober driver. The consequences are severe for drunk driving, which is why you should have an EXPERIENCED DWI attorney who can walk you through your legal options. Gibbons Law Firm represents clients in all types of felony and misdemeanor cases. Roger Gibbons has successfully tried hundreds of criminal cases of all types. We are committed to providing clients with criminal defense services that will ensure their rights are protected and they are treated fairly. Give us a call today to find out more about how we can assist you. We can be reached at (573) 348-2211.


Remember, your initial consultation with Gibbons Law Firm is always free.



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2820 Bagnell Dam Blvd, Suite B4
Lake Ozark, MO 65049

(573) 348-2211

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