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Matthew S. Chase

Saint Louis Landlord / Tenant Lawyer.

Contributor Level 13
  1. My husband got a DWI drug ticket with a court date but doesn't know if he was charged.

    Answered 8 months ago.

    1. Nedim Ramic
    2. Matthew S. Chase
    3. Mark Dean
    4. Frank Mascagni III
    4 lawyer answers

    When you hire counsel, understand that DUI cases in Missouri require attorneys to both fight the criminal charges, and separately represent you with the Dept of Revenue, regarding the often inevitable suspension of your license. Make certain you hire someone knowledgable in this area.

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  2. Will a lawyer be able to amend a speeding ticket if I am driving on a hardship license?

    Answered 8 months ago.

    1. Matthew S. Chase
    2. Andrea R. Rogers
    3. Anthony Joseph Muhlenkamp
    4. Peter Todd Stevenson
    4 lawyer answers

    In many of the local jurisdictions, getting a speeding ticket amended to a non-moving violation is a very straightforward thing. Call one of us- the attorneys who handle such matters here on Avvo, and we can help you out. It will be a small fee to the attorney, and then a fine with the court, and the size depends on the court, the prior history, and sometimes the mood of the prosecutor that day. It is a rather easy process, but normally absolutely requires you hire an attorney.

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  3. What does criminal docket mean?

    Answered 8 months ago.

    1. Matthew S. Chase
    2. Denise L. Childress
    2 lawyer answers

    The docket is just referring to the queue in which all the cases in a particular court sit until ready for trial. It also refers to the particular case's activity, so case number so-and-so is on the docket for trial 12/12/2013. Its docket entries include all activity on that case.

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  4. Are there any child sexual molestation cases in the U.S. where the accused has been found innocent?

    Answered 2 months ago.

    1. Matthew S. Chase
    2. J. Denise Carter
    3. Melvin G. Franke
    4. Traci Leah Fann
    4 lawyer answers

    Of coarse there have been! Look up the McMasters, or make McMartin case. One of the most egregious cases of improper and illegal prosecution of the totally innocent based upon fantasies of children urged on them by pseudo psychologists.

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  5. Had sis probation and looking to purchase a gun.

    Answered 9 months ago.

    1. Matthew S. Chase
    2. Robert Edward Caldwell Jr.
    3. Melvin G. Franke
    4. Tom A. Kapstrom
    5. Stephen F Wallace
    5 lawyer answers

    With an SIS you should not have served over a year, and you were not convicted of the felony. You completed (it sounds like anyway) your SIS probation and then there was no conviction, so you should be ok to purchase. As Mr. Caldwell states, you should buy through FFL dealer, and they will have you fill out ATF form 4473. The form in question 11 b and c will be answered as "no" because you are neither under indictment nor convicted of a felony. (I am a local MO attorney and also a federally...

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  6. I went to court for rent and possession against my landlord. The judge gave no ruling but said she will mail it. Whats that mean

    Answered 9 months ago.

    1. Matthew S. Chase
    2. Thomas James SanFilippo
    3. Ronald Jay Eisenberg
    3 lawyer answers

    It sounds like you went to trial on the rent & possession, in which the court may decide that, regardless of the failures of your landlord, you still owe rent. This is a very real possibility. Keep in mind that from the DATE of the judgment from the judge, you have 10 days to file what is called a "trial de novo", or new trial. In essence, it is the first level of appeal of the case. You will likely have to post a bond of the amount of the judgment in order to do this. You should in any case...

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  7. We had a renter lie on rental application is that fraud and void contract does that also mean they are trespassing

    Answered 7 months ago.

    1. Mark Dean
    2. Matthew S. Chase
    3. Lindsey Weinberg
    3 lawyer answers

    Mr. Dean is correct that the Lease is not void. You will still, regardless, have to go through the eviction process. What you have here is an a unlawful Detainer, whether or not rent is being paid. (See my primer on tenant landlord law on my website.) Any of the tenant/landlord attorneys here in Avvo can assist you with this.

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  8. Pulled over, got a ticket for "no valid proof of insurance".

    Answered 7 months ago.

    1. Andrea R. Rogers
    2. Matthew S. Chase
    3. Jack Justin Adams
    4. Rickey Dean Farrow
    5. Christian K. Lassen II
    5 lawyer answers

    It is not "moving violation" but carries points. Contact an attorney. You may be able to get it reduced so no points are assessed but likely will cost a few dollars.

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  9. Court summons for general peace disturbance. Any advise would be greatly appreciated.

    Answered 7 months ago.

    1. Matthew David Fry
    2. Matthew S. Chase
    3. Andrea R. Rogers
    4. Joseph Michael Harvath
    4 lawyer answers

    Additionally, you should expect that usually (no guarantees ever possible in law, but _usually_) the attorney can negotiate a lesser charge, such as littering, in exchange for a fine. Like Mr. Fry said, consult an attorney (here on Avvo you'll find many excellent ones), for free, but expect if you hire them you will pay the attorney a fee as well.

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  10. What does it mean to have a bond and warrants quashed?

    Answered 8 months ago.

    1. Matthew S. Chase
    2. Denise L. Childress
    3. M. Todd Miller
    3 lawyer answers

    Yes that's good for the defendant. Likely the case will get dismissed if witnesses are never to be found but you should still consult an attorney and make sure you have representation going forward.

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