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Kimberly Benjamin

Criminal defense Attorney at Belton, MO

4.7   26 reviews

also known as Kim Benjamin

  • Licensed for 27 years
    State MO
    Acquired 1996
    Status
    Good Standing, Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Kimberly

Learn Kimberly’s areas of practice.

Kimberly Benjamin is the founder of the Missouri DWI & Criminal Law Center at the Benjamin Law Firm, LLC.

Kim has put together a team of lawyers who fight for their clients' rights, freedom, and livelihood.  They work diligently to get the best results and are known to be aggressive warriors for their clients.  Over 40 years combined legal experience, over 100 jury trials and over 300 bench trials among her team.

Kim is a trial lawyer who also helps clients who have experienced sexual harassment or unlawful discrimination at work.  She is a fighter who wins 7 figure verdicts!

Kim is on the faculty of the Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College, where she teaches lawyers all across the US how to conduct trial in crimnal and civil cases.  She is also on the faculty of the National College of DUI Defense, where she teaches DWI/DUI defense attorneys all across the US.  In addition, Kim is a frequent lecturer at seminars for The Missouri Bar, Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, local DWI Defense organizations, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, and the Missouri State Public Defender System.

Kim is the chair for the annual DWI seminar sponsored by the Missouri Bar and Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.  This seminar is attended by lawyers from all over the state who care to learn about how to defend and win a DWI.   Kim is on the Board of Directors for the Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (MACDL) and served as the President in 2012-2013.  She is also a member of the Missouri Society for Criminal Justice (DWI Defense organization), Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association (KCMBA) and the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA).

Kim attended the University of Missouri at Columbia and then law school in Washington, DC, at the George Washington University National Law Center.  After working at the Pentagon for the US Department of Defense and the Federal Communications Commission, she returned to Missouri and worked for the Missouri State Public Defender System where she was promoted to manage an office as the District Defender.  After 6 years as a public defender, Kim returned to her hometown of Harrisonville, Missouri and opened her own law practice.  In 2011, the law firm was relocated to Belton, Missouri, where the firm is growing and currently focuses on civil and criminal law.

In 2016 the Governor of Missouri appointed Kim to be on the Missouri Ethics Commission and it is her honor to serve her community in this appointment.  Kim also volunteers her time to assist teenagers in the Cass County Youth Court program, where high school students act as lawyers and judges to handle minor juvenile law violations in the community.

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Kim teaches lawyers all across the country multiple times per year.  She is an exceptional trial lawyer who helps other lawyers win cases.

Location

Missouri DWI & Criminal Law Center at Benjamin Law Firm, LLC
8427 Clint Drive
Belton, MO, 64012

Reviews

4.7 / 5.0
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Posted by Steve | March 29, 2024
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Professionally Sound
Kim has consistently demonstrated consummate professionalism. She is not only a skilled lawyer but also an exceptional communicator. Her attention to detail is truly commendable. I highly recommend her as an attorney.
Posted by Tony | March 29, 2024
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Thought Leader
Kim is a thought leader in DUI defense. She constantly stays ahead of legal trends and leverages her deep understanding of the law to benefit her clients. What truly sets her apart is her prowess in the courtroom. Her trial performances are a masterclass in advocacy—strategically crafted arguments, meticulous attention to detail, and a dynamic presence that commands attention.
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Posted by Dawn | September 5, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Kim Benjamin is the sweetest and the best attorney around.
Kim Benjamin is super nice and a awesome Attorney. I would recommend her to anyone. I called her and explained my situation and she was on top of it right away. She gets things done for you. I hired Kim just in case I needed her to back me up on a murder that I had no part of. She is well worth the money it takes to get out of whatever the situation you are in. Or she will recommend someone for you if she can't. Kim is the best attorney out there.
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Posted by Blaine | June 11, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best there is
I was facing a serious dui charge and the penalties were harsh. It was a long road and at times I wanted to quit fighting and Kim asked me to let her keep fighting for me. It’s hard to trust someone when it’s your life on the line but I did and it was the best choice I could’ve made. She got my charges dropped when I wanted to just take the plea and get on with my life. She has a true passion for her craft like no other lawyer I’ve ever met. She fights for you and what is right. Not once did she ever let me down. I was always surprised about how much work she had been doing on my case behind the scenes when we would have our meetings. If I ever hear anyone needing a lawyer I always suggest them to you contact Kim.
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Posted by Ronnie | July 16, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Not Guilty
My case started 2.5 years ago - hearings - continuences - motions filed - it ended in a two day trial where I was found not guilty on all charges - Kim was brilliant - she is by far the best DUI attorney in the Midwest - she is not someone you consider she is someone you hire - my family is forever greatful to her for her masterful work on my case - Kim I’m blessed that you were part of my team when I turned my life around!
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Posted by anonymous | July 11, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Work
Kim is an outstanding lawyer and someone you definitely want in your corner. I was referred to her by a family member who was a public defender. She was adamant that Kim Benjamin represent me. Kim listened intently without bias and genuinely cared about my case. She is compassionate, brilliant and exudes professionalism.
Posted by Bonita | May 2, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mrs.
Who do you hire when you are scared about your or your son or daughter's future? Where do you go for help? With so many lawyers to choose from, who will be the one to fight for our son? The answer to all of these questions is Kimberly Benjamin hands down. When our only son got into trouble, I admit that I was scared and did not know what to do. Without trying to sound "churchy" I prayed and felt 100% that Kimberly Benjamin was the one to hire. I was so convinced in my heart that I actually insisted on hiring her. So she was hired and I am so thankful that my son listened. It took a long time, but we could not be happier with the results Kim was able to get for our son, and honestly, our family. In order to give credit where credit is due, I want to also mention that our son changed his life drastically over the period of time that his legal issues kept being continued month after month and year after year. But due to his hard work, many prayers and Kim's negotiation skills, he was able to overcome his problems and has been given a new lease on life. So if you are scared and don't know which lawyer to turn to in your time of help, trust me and hire the best - Kim Benjamin. While I cannot guarantee you the same results she got for our son, I can guarantee you that she will work her hardest to help you anyway she can. Kimberly, thank you SO much for all of your help for our son and your patience with all of our questions. It was a very long road, but it was worth the results. You are amazing and we will forever be grateful to you!!! Blessings, Beth
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Response from Kimberly Benjamin July 11, 2018
Beth, thank you so much for such a beautiful and heartfelt statement. It was a long haul, but I’m so glad there was such a great ending to the case. And I, too, am very proud of your son. He did all the hard work to turn his life around. Best wishes, Kim
Posted by Roy | February 20, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Looking at 30 years!
My back was against the wall. Then I met Kim. She fought for me the whole way. Such a great attorney! She knows her stuff! The state of Missouri dismissed my case and we never even had to go to court. Thank you so much Kim.
Response from Kimberly Benjamin July 11, 2018
Thank you so much, Roy. I’ll never forget your case. You should have never been charged and I wasn’t going to let the government scare you into a plea. I know facing 30 years is scary, and you, my friend, were very courageous to stand firm with me. Best wishes, Kim
Posted by Dennis | August 2, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Shes the best out there.
I have hired Kimberly multiple times. I have been in situations that I really needed a great attorney. she is Someone that you can count on when you feel hopeless with the legal system. Thanks Kimberly for being the top notch lawyer you are.
Posted by Joanna | July 24, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
AMAZING LAWYER!!
I hired Kim for a bogus criminal charge that should have never made it that far in the system.... Kim actually cared about how it was impacting my life and she went above and beyond to get all of the details of my case correct. Kim is very competitive when it comes to defending her clients. I felt confident in her abilities from the very start. I would recommend Kim to anyone and everyone that is looking for a good attorney that puts all of their effort into every case.
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Posted by Kate | July 20, 2017
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| Consulted Attorney
The best
I have worked with Kim for several years. She is a lawyer's lawyer. Many awards, many wins and not only is she one of the top 100 DUI lawyers nationally she is a genuinely kind and caring person. You know you are dealing with an expert when your lawyer is teaching other lawyers. Kim is the co-leader of the most popular continuing legal education seminar for lawyers and teaches many other presentations. If I were in trouble I would definitely want her to represent me. Always professional and always on top of her game. Can't go wrong.
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Posted by anonymous | July 19, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
DUI
Kim Benjamin knows her stuff. She wont sugar coat things for you but she will tell you exactly whats happening and what her plans of actions are. She dedicates all her time to her cases. She will dig, research and go above and beyond to prove to the prosecuter that she know her stuff and will get you the absolute best outcome possible. She's the best lawyer around and if you're looking for the best then Kim Benjamin is the one to call.
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Posted by Stephen | July 19, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Work!!
Hands down the best attorney! I find myself in trouble more than I'd like, and Kim is the only one I'd turn to each time. I highly recommend her!
Posted by anonymous | May 6, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding and Dependable Lawyer
I hired Ms. Kim Benjamin to defend me in a misconduct case which could have led to my deportation. After numerous discussions and consultations, I moved back to Africa. Kim worked with me from Africa via phone calls and emails. Kim represented me and we became victorious in the case. Kim is a brilliant and an outstanding lawyer. Thank you Kim.
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Posted by Maddie | April 12, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Best PI lawyer!
Kim has made the process very smooth and easy for me. She broke down all the information needed and took it from there. She's quick to get everything worked out and gets the job done as soon as possible. I wouldn't use anyone else.
Posted by Cale | March 12, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
DUI
I hired Kim Benjamin for my DUI case through a recommendation from a close friend. She was upfront with what I should expect and worked extremely hard for me. She is very knowledgeable and did what she said. I'm glad I chose her and am extremely happy with my end result. I would recommend her to anyone.
Posted by Ronnie | February 6, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
My DUI Case
I hired Kimberly last year to handle my DUI case. She is smart, brilliant, and caring. She recently won my drivers license hearing and I'm so greatful to her for all of her hard work. She's a pro, hire her.
Posted by Maurice | October 28, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding attorney!
I engaged Ms. Kimberly Benjamin to manage interactions with an overzealous County Prosecutor. Ms. Benjamin's intuition was spot-on, her guidance was outstanding, and her presence provided confidence in a difficult situation. I heartily recommend anyone needing legal services to seek out Ms. Kimberly Benjamin.
Posted by anonymous | October 19, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best attorney to hire
She great!!!!! Works hard for you and gets the job done.
Posted by anonymous | August 14, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great attorney
Kim was on task an won my dwi case I lost my hearing but we appealed an won if thers a way she will find it
Response from Kimberly Benjamin October 18, 2016
This win was a first of its kind in Cass County. As a result of me winning this case, I created new law that has helped many other lawyers and their clients. Thank you for trusting me with your serious legal matter. It was a pleasure to help you.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner & Founder
  • Missouri DWI & Criminal Law Center at the Benjamin Law Firm, LLC
  • 2002 - Present
  • District Defender
  • Missouri Public Defender
  • 1996 - 2002

Education

  • Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College
  • 2000
  • George Washington University National Law Center
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1996
  • University of Missouri, Columbia
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1993

Sample of Legal Cases

  • 50+ DWIs amended, dismissed or not guilty in past 5 years
  • DWI with a breath test above a .08 and a CDL
  • Not guilty & won the drivers license hearing
  • Child abuse for spanking
  • Not guilty
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Associations

  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Faculty Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Missouri Ethics Commission
  • Commission Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Chair, DWI Defense Committee
  • 2012 - Present
  • Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College
  • Faculty Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Past President & Board Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Cass County Bar Association
  • Board Member & Committee Chairperson
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • President’s Award for Distinguished Service
  • Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Women’s Justice Award
  • Missouri Lawyers Weekly
  • 2018
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2017
  • Atticus Finch Award
  • Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2015
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Speaking Engagements

  • MACDL, Voir Dire for Trial Lawyers
  • Jury Selection
  • 2017
  • Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College
  • Opening Statements
  • 2017
  • Nat’l College of DUI Defense - Serious Science - Drugs in Blood Testing
  • DUI Defense & Trial Skills
  • 2016
  • Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College
  • Trial Skills
  • 2016
  • Defense of the Damned at the Trial Lawyers College
  • Trial Skills
  • 2016
  • Bernard Edelman DWI Law & Science Seminar
  • Voir Dire - Selecting a Jury
  • 2016
  • Missouri Bar, Basics of Defending DWIs
  • Defending DWI Cases
  • 2015
  • Public Defender Annual Meeting
  • Handling Drivers License Cases
  • 2013
  • National Child Abuse Defense & Resource Center, Defending Sex Cases
  • Defending a High Profile Sex Case
  • 2012
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Attorney endorsements

Received (14)
Given (3)
Endorse Kimberly
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kim is one of the best DWI and criminal defense lawyers in the state of Missouri. I would not hesitate to send a friend or family member to her for representation."
Discrimination Attorney | Jun 28
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Kim is a master trial attorney. She is the "go to" expert for many attorneys and is on staff at the Gerry Spence Trial Lawyer's College. You would be hard pressed to find a more experienced, passionate and successful trial attorney. I learn from her every day."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I absolutely recommend Kim to anyone in need of criminal defense. Kim is a dedicated warrior who truly cares and fights for her clients. I have known Kim since 2000 and teach with her at Trial Lawyers College. I have seen her teach students which shows a lot about a person. She is creative, passionate and hard working. I have seen her speak to a room of 200 attorneys with confidence and control. I know she is same way in a courtroom. If I was ever in need of a criminal defense lawyer, I would hire Kim in a heartbeat."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Highly skilled attorney who has a strong reputation for winning jury trials. Teaches other criminal defense attorneys how to practice criminal defense law."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kim is a well respected member of the legal community and is known for getting excellent results for her clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kim and I both started the practice of law at the same time. We were on opposite sides of many cases. Kim is an impressive trial attorney and advocate for her clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Kim is one of the most dedicated, passionate and exhaustive attorneys I have seen. She works tirelessly for her clients, which is why I refer her to any clients for whom I later need a trial lawyer!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Other
"Outstanding trial attorney. I fully endorse her for all matters criminal defense!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Nov 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kim is well known and highly respected in the areas of criminal defense and DWI in Missouri. She does speaking engagements and trainings on these areas of practice for other attorneys. I recommend calling her and I endorse her abilities to fight your charges!"
Unknown Attorney | Mar 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend Kim to anyone seeking legal advice. Kim is an incredibly knowledgeable, skillful trial attorney, as well as a wonderful mentor, friend, and person. Not only would I not hesitate to refer anyone to her, I also would not - and do not - hesitate to contact Kim myself for advice and assistance in handling a legal matter for my own clients. You shouldn't hesitate to contact her either."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 13
Relationship: Other
"Kim's knowledge of telling juries a client's story is second to none. Together, Kim's knowledge and abilities at trial provide an all-star representation for her clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kim is a brilliant and charismatic criminal defense lawyer whose courtroom skills are peerless. AT the Trial Lawyers' College I learned immensely as one of her students innovation in trial techniques. She is truly a leader of national importance in her field. Her record of success in the courtroom is matched only in her generous sharing of her knowledge and insight."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kim is one of the bright stars among the DWI defense attorneys in this State. She is knowledgable, exerienced and fearless. That's the kind of lawyer you need when you are facing a serious criminal charge for DWI or worse. Carl M. Ward, St. Louis area DWI Defense Lawyer"
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Belton Criminal defense Lawyer Kimberly Benjamin
Kimberly Benjamin
Criminal defense Attorney
Belton, MO
Licensed for 27 years
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