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John M. Eccher

Saint Louis Car / Auto Accident Lawyer.

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  1. Personal Injury Offer- Car collision with broken foot

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Stephen Laurence Hoffman
    2. Nima Taradji
    3. John M. Eccher
    4. Jeffrey Mark Adams
    5. Daniel G. Galivan
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    This is absolutely NOT a fair amount, based on my reading of the facts and assumption that $22,000 represents their TOTAL offer to you, rather than $22,000 IN ADDITION TO full compensation of your medical bills. Insurance companies ALWAYS offer unfairly-low offers when they know they're dealing with a victim who's not represented by an attorney. Keep in mind, though, when you consult with an attorney - be it at my firm or another - that an attorney should only be entitled to a percentage of...

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  2. What is the best outcome that a lawyer could make happen in greene co. With a dwi?

    Answered 9 months ago.

    1. John M. Eccher
    2. John Clayton Schleiffarth
    3. Matthew David Fry
    4. Frank Mascagni III
    4 lawyer answers

    I've handled and currently do handle a number of DWI cases in Greene County. The prosecutors there typically recommend that you plead guilty to DWI, punishable with a fine and/or jail time, but they agree to suspend most or all of the payment of that fine and/or jail time provided you successfully complete a two-year probation period. However, all is not necessarily lost. Was the checkpoint Constitutional? Did the officer properly administer the field sobriety tests? Was the breath-test...

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  3. What is my claim worth

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. James Michael Roswold
    2. John M. Eccher
    3. Michael Shemtoub
    4. Andrew Daniel Myers
    5. Christian K. Lassen II
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    You have a seemingly good claim, but unfortunately, the responsible driver's insurance company will absolutely offer a lowball offer. They know that you, without a lawyer, have no recourse if you find the offer to be unacceptable. As such, they'll give an offer that is likely to be significantly less than what they would offer if you were represented by a trial attorney. I say "trial attorney," because the only incentive for that insurance company to pay more is avoidance of a trial. Hire a...

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  4. Is is smart to run from felony drug charges?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. John M. Eccher
    2. Robert Edward Caldwell Jr.
    3. Matthew David Fry
    4. Peter Todd Stevenson
    5. Melvin G. Franke
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    It is never smart to run from the law, as the repercussions are generally then more severe than if the defendant stayed and "faced the music." In Franklin County, where my law partner and I practice often, the judges will come down on your brother swiftly and strongly if he ran from the law. Instead, he is far better off hiring the best criminal defense lawyer that practices in the area that he can afford. That lawyer or law firm will be able to work to minimize or eliminate the potential...

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  5. Is $15,000 for an top end dwi attorney resonable? Have any thoughts on Travis Noble?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. John M. Eccher
    2. Jeremy Daniel Hollingshead
    3. Keith G Langer
    4. Charles K. Kenyon Jr.
    5. David Lisle Brengle
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    For a fifth-offense, potential-C-felony DWI, $15,000 is INCREDIBLY reasonable to hire one of the best. We've charged, and I certainly know that Travis has charged, significantly more than that for in similar cases. Don't have any concerns over the price being reasonable for what you're facing. As for thoughts on Travis, you needn't have any concerns there either. As a lawyer, as a person, there's no one out there I'd more highly recommend or trust. No question at all. Travis is worth...

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  6. DWI Misdemeanor or Infraction?

    Answered 6 months ago.

    1. John M. Eccher
    2. Andrea R. Rogers
    3. Anthony Joseph Muhlenkamp
    3 lawyer answers

    A first-offense DWI in a municipal court is considered a "municipal ordinance violation," not a misdemeanor. However, either offense can be used to enhance any subsequent DWI(s) to a more serious offense level and/or cause any subsequent DWI(s) to be punished more severely.

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  7. What is the lightest sentence someone will receive for a second dui with a public defender?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. John M. Eccher
    2. Mitchell Scott Sexner
    3. Michael Lawrence Doyle
    3 lawyer answers

    I and my firm handle an awful lot of DWI cases over in Boone County. What I gather from your question is that you - or someone you know - just picked up a DWI, have one prior, and are trying to decide whether to apply for a public defender or to retain private counsel. First, you may not be eligible for a public defender if you're able to hire you're own attorney. Assuming that you are eligible though, you have to understand how the system works. There are many very good public defenders...

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  8. Should I get an attorney for first DWI offense? I really can't afford one unless the benefit would outweigh the cost.

    Answered 4 months ago.

    1. John M. Eccher
    2. Matthew David Fry
    3. Nicholas Justin Dudley
    4. John Clayton Schleiffarth
    5. Robert Patrick Link
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    My opinion is that one should ALWAYS retain an attorney to represent him or her in legal matters, especially those with potentially long-lasting and very serious negative consequences. A DWI can affect your driving privileges, driving record, criminal history, future employment, etc., and it can be the basis for more severe punishment for any future legal incidents, DWI or otherwise. Although you're correct that Columbia is notorious for strict punishment for DWIs, the right lawyer and the...

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  9. Bit down on foreign object creating hole in tooth

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Spencer Edward Farris
    2. John M. Eccher
    3. Melvin G. Franke
    4. Christian K. Lassen II
    5. Steven A Schwartz
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    I'm sorry to hear that you've had to go through this situation. As you mentioned, it sounds like you certainly did suffer in a number of ways over and above your medical bills - physical pain, stress, inconvenience, sacrifice, out-of-pocket costs, etc. Fortunately, the company took responsibility for its irresponsibility by offering to pay your dental bill. Clearly, they have indicated an acceptance of liability. However, there's no way for you to FORCE them to compensate you for the many...

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  10. If I had a DUI at 17, and has been more than 10 years ago, will it show up on a background check to help volunteer at my son's s

    Answered 10 months ago.

    1. John M. Eccher
    2. Ted Harvatin
    3. Joseph Alexander Paletta
    4. John Clayton Schleiffarth
    5. Ethan Patrick Meaney
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    More importantly than how to answer the question is the issue of whether or not you can have the DWI expunged. In Missouri, provided a handful of other requirements are met, such as no pending alcohol-related traffic offense, a first-offense DWI can be expunged after 10 years. You need to contact an experienced DWI defense lawyer immediately to assess whether or not your DWI is eligible for expungement. John M. Eccher WARD & ECCHER | Trial Attorneys (314) 394-2150 www.CriminalDefenseMO.com

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