Thursday, February 15, 2018

Theft, Robbery, Burglary - They Aren't The Same!

Theft, robbery, & burglary...these three terms are often confused or misunderstood. While they are all convictable crimes, they are different by definition. As your trusted lawyer at the Lake of the Ozarks, our law firm wants to help you stay informed, should you experience one of the above crimes. Take a look below to learn more about theft, robbery, and burglary!

Theft

Theft is known as the act of taking something that belongs to someone else with the intent of depriving them of it. Stealing is another way to define theft. Theft can happen almost anywhere. A home, from a purse out and about, from an employee at a business - there are many opportunities for someone to steal.

Robbery

Robbery is defined as unlawfully taking property from a person or place using force or threats. An example of robbery is when a criminal comes into a convenience store and holds the cashier at gunpoint until they give them money from the drawer or safe. The criminal is taking the money from the gas station while threatening the employee with the gun.

Burglary

Defined as entry into a building or property with intent to commit a crime - such as theft. It can still be considered burglary if the criminal does not break into the property. If the person easily enters the building - without breaking a window or door to do so, it is still defined as burglary.

Have you or someone you know been a victim of one of the crimes listed above? It's important to know your rights and seek damages for what you have been deprived of. Often times, a criminal convicted of theft, robbery, or burglary are sentenced to time in jail and/or repayment of the valuables taken without consent. If you have fell victim to a similar crime, you deserve to have your belongings replaced or compensated, in the least. Call our lawyer at the Lake of the Ozarks today!

Have you been accused of one of the above crimes? It's important to have legal representation to help you through the entire process. You are innocent until proven guilty, in the eyes of the law. A criminal defense attorney at the Lake of the Ozarks can help to ensure your rights are respected.

Now that you know the difference between these three crimes, you can feel more confident should you be a target in one of these occurrences. Instead of being overwhelmed by the legal jargon, you can easily distinguish between these three crime types. If you are a victim of theft, robbery, or burglary, our Lake of the Ozarks law firm is here for you! We can help discuss your legal options and see how you want to move forward with your case. Give Gibbons Law Firm a call to set up your first FREE consultation.

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




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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Dangers of Drinking and Driving

With Lake of the Ozarks Mardi Gras Pub Crawl right around the corner, it's important to keep the legal dangers of drinking and driving top of mind. As you go out for the evening, remember it is best to designate a driver or take a cab. Here at Gibbons Law Firm, we want you to have a good time AND stay safe. Our attorney at the Lake of the Ozarks has provided some of the side effects that drinking can have if you try to operate a vehicle.


Delayed Reaction Time

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.

Lack of Coordination

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.

Blurred Vision

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.

Impaired Judgement

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. It's best to have a ride home lined up before you even head out for the Mardi Gras festivities.

If you are pulled over for drinking and driving, you will likely get a DWI charge. The legal ramifications of such a charge can have a lasting impact on your entire life. A revoked license, jail time, a hefty fine, and educational courses are all punishments you may be sentenced to if you drink and drive. Help keep the roadways safer and stay off them if you have been drinking. A taxi is much less expensive than a DUI conviction!

Now that you know the dangers of drinking and driving, you can be prepared before you go out for Mardi Gras Pub Crawl. Our Lake of the Ozarks law firm wants you to stay safe as you enjoy this annual event in the area. If you do end up with legal trouble on your hands, give Gibbons Law Firm a call. We always offer a free initial consultation with our experienced lawyer. Remember to stay safe and designate a driver if you are out drinking!

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




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Gibbons Law Firm
2820 Bagnell Dam Blvd, Suite B4
Lake Ozark, MO 65049
(573) 348-2211

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