Jackson County General Law Blog

What are some complications of broken ribs?

Many injuries can cause a lot of pain, but one that is particularly bothersome is a broken rib. Fractured ribs can cause great pain with every breath or movement. Sometimes, they can create complications that threaten your life.

Broken ribs are relatively common after a car crash. You might break ribs from the force of the collision and the restraint of the seat belt, for example. In truth, when people say their ribs are broken, those ribs are just cracked. Truly broken ribs are extremely dangerous.

Positivity is necessary in co-parenting situations

Co-parenting isn't an easy situation to handle for anyone, but you must do your best to remain positive no matter what's going on at the time. Not only can this help you, it can also provide a good example for your children. Remember that staying positive doesn't have to be complex if you utilize tips for your entire life.

One of the most important ways you can ensure that things stay positive between you and your ex is to keep the focus of all conversations on the children. Straying away from that could lead to contentious discussions that go downhill fast.

Understanding Missouri’s ignition interlock device laws

In many cases, Missouri motorists who receive convictions for drunk driving must install what is known as an ignition interlock on their cars, vans or trucks, which are devices that prevent the vehicle from starting up until the driver provides a suitable breath sample. At Kelly, Symonds & Reed, LLC, we recognize that ignition interlock devices can prove quite costly, in addition to being a hindrance, and we have helped many people facing drunk driving charges defend themselves against these allegations.

According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, anyone who receives more than one alcohol-related traffic offense must install an ignition interlock device on their vehicles for at least six months or longer. However, you may need to do so even as a first-time offender if the court determines it is necessary. Additionally, you will need to install the device on your vehicle at your own expense before the court will reinstate your driving privileges or issue you a restricted license.

Kansas City man sentenced in drunk driving crash that killed two

Driving while intoxicated can result in serious penalties, even for people who are facing a first offense. When drunk driving charges involve previous convictions or crashes that cause fatalities, the repercussions can be significantly higher for Missouri residents. It is important to understand the grave consequences of driving drunk before charges occur.

The Kansas City Star reported on a November 2017 accident in Jackson County that culminated in the deaths of a married couple. According to witnesses, a man was driving at excess speeds the wrong way on Interstate 49 when he struck another vehicle head-on. The occupants of the other car were pronounced dead at the scene. The driver, who had one prior DWI conviction and was driving with a suspended license, pleaded guilty to two counts of driving while intoxicated causing death to another, as well as one count of driving while suspended. He recently received a 26-year prison sentence.

October safety topic: National Protect Your Hearing Month

Our hearing is important to us, yet few of us consider the possibility of sustaining permanent hearing damage until that damage is already done. It is also easier to cause damage to your hearing than you may think. At the law office of Kelly, Symonds & Reed, LLC, we know that most people in Missouri and elsewhere suffer hearing loss by the time they reach their senior years, but we are also aware that some people, including those who work in construction, are more prone than others to begin losing their hearing earlier in life.

If you work in construction, you may be exposed to loud, constant noise from construction vehicles and machinery every day on the job. Extremely loud noises, such as the sound a jackhammer makes, can start to damage your hearing within hours if your ears are unprotected. Other sounds that are not quite as loud, such as the constant drone of machines and engines in the background, can cause hearing damage over time. As you may be aware, an extremely loud and sudden noise, such as the report from a nearby explosion, can cause immediate and potentially permanent hearing damage.

How can a prenuptial agreement benefit your situation?

If you are thinking about walking down the aisle, you may be thinking about your future with your spouse, your wedding day and where you will go on your honeymoon. You are probably not giving much thought to what will happen if your marriage ends in divorce. It may seem counterintuitive, but now is the time to do just that.

Thinking about drafting a prenuptial agreement may seem unromantic or as if you are assuming the marriage will fail, but that is not the case. It is a simple way to protect your financial interests and make it easier for both parties in case of an unexpected turn of events in the future. For many Missouri couples, a prenup is a smart move, regardless of income level, age or the likelihood of divorce. 

One DUI conviction can change your life

When a resident of Missouri is convicted of a DUI, the consequences can be farther-reaching than they suspect. It is crucial for anyone facing a DUI-related charge to fight against it. Having just one DUI conviction on record can completely change the course of a person's life.

The Missouri Department of Revenue takes a look at Missouri's current DUI laws and how they can be strengthened. They are looking into doing this in an effort to cut down on intoxicated driving. Many of these new laws are designed to crack down harder on repeat offenders or people who are charged with DUI at very high blood alcohol content (BAC) levels. However, just about anyone facing a DUI-related charge could also face fines, potential jail time, and the possibility of license suspension or revocation.

Probation violations can disrupt your life

Receiving a sentence of probation after a criminal conviction can be a tremendous relief. With probation, you serve your sentence in your own home and community instead of behind bars. You can sleep in your own bed and be with your family. You may be able to continue working or looking for work.

On the other hand, probation does not mean your troubles are behind you. It is likely that your probation came with certain terms with which you must comply if you hope to remain out of jail. Violating these terms can result in harsh penalties and potentially the loss of your freedom.

Is stalking a felony in Missouri?

Many people do not fully understand what stalking entails when it comes to criminal law. They may assume that an overly friendly co-worker is stalking them, or that it can be considered stalking when someone comments too much on their social media accounts. It is important for you and other Missouri residents to understand that real stalking can come with serious criminal penalties.

According to FindLaw, stalking most often occurs among people who are romantically involved, especially after the relationship has ended. However, stalking can also be present when one person develops a crush on another or when someone becomes enamored with a celebrity or other public figure. You should understand that stalking does not involve merely an isolated incident. Rather, this is behavior that is repetitious, deliberate and usually intended to make the target feel intimidated or frightened. Stalking can involve someone following another person home from work, calling or texting the other person repeatedly or taking photographs of the other person without his or her permission.

Choose a child's guardian with care

Many Missouri parents may worry about what will happen to their child after they die. Although people think they will always be around for their children, it is important to remember that sometimes life does not go the way people think it will. Because of this, it is a good idea for people to choose a guardian for their child.

There are many factors people should consider before they name a guardian for their son or daughter. WhatToExpect.com says many parents may want to pick married family members. However, it is important to remember that family circumstances may change. If parents want to pick a married couple, they may also want to consider which person will raise their child if this couple gets a divorce. Additionally, some parents may want their child's guardian to live nearby so their son or daughter does not have to change schools and leave friends behind. Sometimes, though, the best person to raise a child may live in a different city or state.

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