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Charles James

14 Richmond Center Court
St. Peters MO 63376
(636) 397-2411

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James Law Group, LLC

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Many people believe a DWI is a “traffic matter” simply because it involves a vehicle. The truth is that DWIs are serious criminal offenses that can carry significant penalties and collateral consequences, including jail time. Should a person be charged with a third DWI in their lifetime, they will be facing a felony charge. The laws, scientific and psuedo-scientific evidence used in the prosecution of DWIs, are ever-changing. An attorney needs to have specialized knowledge and experience to properly defend someone accused of driving while intoxicated.  The attorneys at James Law Group have that experience and ability.  Call us today if you have been accused of a DWI.

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We have a reputation for providing knowledgeable representation in all areas of personal injury, worker’s compensation and criminal defense. Our attorneys are committed to caring for our clients while providing them with the aggressive representation they need to protect their rights and achieve the best result possible.

Our law firm has a reputation for persistence and assertive trial work on behalf of our clients, both in high-profile court cases and in behind the scenes work. We believe in standing up for justice no matter whom we represent, whether it is providing a strong argument in defense of a drunk driving charge or seeking compensation on behalf of a client injured in an automobile collision.

Contact James Law Group, LLC to learn more about the quality legal services we provide to each and every one of our clients. We offer complimentary initial consultations on all cases, and welcome the opportunity to serve your legal needs.

Attorney Charlie James

Charlie James
St. Peters, Missouri

Phone: 636.397.2411
Toll free: 800.229.7112
Fax: 636.397.2799

Charlie James was born in the Bootheel of Missouri in Senath, Missouri. After graduation from Senath High School, Charlie enlisted in the Air Force and received training from the National Security Agency. He served four years in the Air Force in Germany and Pakistan. Charlie then spent 2 years in the Navy in the Philippines. He graduated from Southeast Missouri State University in 1971 with a major in history.

Charlie received his M.A. from Northeast State University. He then worked a few years for the Missouri Probation and Parole Agency. Charlie graduated from the University of Missouri at Columbia School of Law in 1977. While in law school, Charlie wrote articles for publication in the Missouri Law Review. Charlie started his own law firm upon graduation from law school. The law office was located in Wentzville, Missouri for twenty-five years. In April 2002, the law firm moved its office to St Peters, Missouri. Charlie is a Fellow in the American Trial Lawyers Association. He is also a member of the Missouri Trial Lawyers Association. Charlie has been named one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Missouri by the American Trial Lawyers Association. He also has an AV® rating by Martindale-Hubbell. An AV® certification mark is a significant rating accomplishment – a testament to the fact that Charlie’s peers rank him at the highest level of professional excellence. Charlie tries many cases each year, both personal injury and criminal, throughout the surrounding area.

Areas of Practice:

  • Criminal Law
  • Personal Injury
  • DUI/DWI
  • White Collar Crimes
  • Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse

Bar Admissions:

  • Missouri, 1977
  • U.S. Federal Courts, 1980

Education:

University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, Columbia, Missouri, 1977
Honors: Law Review

Northeast State University
M.A.

Southeast Missouri State University, 1971
Honors: Phi Alpha Theta Society
Major: History

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • Missouri Trial Lawyers Association
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • National Criminal Defense Association

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Charlie James

Please Call : 636-397-2411

Charlie James
St. Peters, Missouri

Phone: 636.397.2411
Toll free: 800.229.7112
Fax: 636.397.2799

Charlie James was born in the Bootheel of Missouri in Senath, Missouri. After graduation from Senath High School, Charlie enlisted in the Air Force and received training from the National Security Agency. He served four years in the Air Force in Germany and Pakistan. Charlie then spent 2 years in the Navy in the Philippines. He graduated from Southeast Missouri State University in 1971 with a major in history.

Charlie received his M.A. from Northeast State University. He then worked a few years for the Missouri Probation and Parole Agency. Charlie graduated from the University of Missouri at Columbia School of Law in 1977. While in law school, Charlie wrote articles for publication in the Missouri Law Review. Charlie started his own law firm upon graduation from law school. The law office was located in Wentzville, Missouri for twenty-five years. In April 2002, the law firm moved its office to St Peters, Missouri. Charlie is a Fellow in the American Trial Lawyers Association. He is also a member of the Missouri Trial Lawyers Association. Charlie has been named one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Missouri by the American Trial Lawyers Association. He also has an AV® rating by Martindale-Hubbell. An AV® certification mark is a significant rating accomplishment – a testament to the fact that Charlie’s peers rank him at the highest level of professional excellence. Charlie tries many cases each year, both personal injury and criminal, throughout the surrounding area.

Areas of Practice:

  • Criminal Law
  • Personal Injury
  • DUI/DWI
  • White Collar Crimes
  • Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse

Bar Admissions:

  • Missouri, 1977
  • U.S. Federal Courts, 1980

Education:

University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, Columbia, Missouri, 1977
Honors: Law Review

Northeast State University
M.A.

Southeast Missouri State University, 1971
Honors: Phi Alpha Theta Society
Major: History

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • Missouri Trial Lawyers Association
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • National Criminal Defense Association

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DWI

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DWI / DUI

Driving while intoxicated or driving under the influence

Many people believe a DWI is a “traffic matter” simply because it involves a vehicle. The truth is that DWIs are serious criminal offenses that can carry significant penalties and collateral consequences, including jail time. Should a person be charged with a third DWI in their lifetime, they will be facing a felony charge. The laws, scientific and psuedo-scientific evidence used in the prosecution of DWIs, are ever-changing. An attorney needs to have specialized knowledge and experience to properly defend someone accused of driving while intoxicated.

An attorney must be prepared to meet the numerous scientific and quasi-scientific tests the government uses against those accused of DWI. Such tests include the “standard field sobriety tests” officers give drivers on the side of the road as well as Breathalyzer and blood tests. Many of these tests are of questionable reliability even if conducted properly by officers. Frequently, however, officers will improperly administer these tests rendering their conclusions meaningless. To defend someone accused of DWI, a lawyer must not only have a thorough knowledge of each of these tests, their inherent inaccuracies, and the common errors made in administering those tests, but also must be able to communicate these concepts clearly to a jury unfamiliar with these test and their flaws.

These “tests” have been developed in an attempt to distinguish the person who has had “one to many” from the person who may have just had a drink or two with dinner but is not impaired. The difficulties in distinguishing the two often result in officers merely arresting anyone who is driving and admits (or whom he even suspects) has consumed any alcohol at all, regardless of their level of sobriety or intoxication. With the recent emphasis on DWI arrest and convictions in Missouri, sometimes there even develops a competition among officers to see who can charge the most people with a DWI by the end of the year. The officer who makes the most arrest and generates the most in “recoupment fees” (substantial fees anyone convicted of DWI must pay to the police department who made the arrest) is naturally looked on favorably by his superiors. Further, it is not uncommon for police forces to be funded in part or even have specific officer’s entire salaries paid for by federal grant money, which is dependant on arrest and conviction statistics. Obviously, such police officers have a strong motive to exaggerate the facts. Such an officer is likely to see even a legitimate question posed by the driver as being “uncooperative,” and the least movement from a perfect standing position as “swaying.” Many times it is the same officer that arrested the person that insists that the person take a “breath test” on the machine that the officer is going to set up and operate himself. If the officer finds the result to be too low, he is apt to say that the driver “refused” the test by not blowing into the machine the way he was instructed.

It takes an attorney with extensive experience in handling and trying DWI cases to both understand these biases and flaws and to demonstrate them to the jury. Any lawyer can say that he handles DWI cases, but there are few who really have the knowledge, experience, and the trial ability to effectively challenge the evidence presented by these kinds of officers. The lawyer has to have a thorough knowledge of the literature about DWI detection and arrest by which the police officer received his training at the police academy and the ability to effectively use that material to put the officer’s testimony to the test. James Law Group has tried many DWI cases to a successful conclusion. If you have been falsely accused of driving while intoxicated, call us today to discuss your situation.

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Personal Injury

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Serious Injuries and Wrongful Deaths

If you have suffered a serious injury due to the carelessness or wrongful conduct of a corporation or individual, you need an experienced advocate that can hold the guilty corporation or the individual’s insurance company accountable. Whether you have been seriously injured in a car crash, in a crash caused by a tractor trailer/“eighteen wheeler,” by the carelessness of a railroad conductor or company, by a defective product whose corporate manufacturer failed to reasonably protect the users of that product, by a doctor committing medical malpractice or by a nursing home that has failed to properly care for a loved one in their charge – you will need an attorney who can stand up to such powerful corporations and obtain justice for you. The James Law Group has been fighting for individuals who have been injured and mistreated by large corporations and insurance companies for over thirty years. We make it our personal mission to ensure that the responsible party justly and fairly compensates you for the damages they caused.

Fighting insurance companies on your behalf

The person who is injured or has lost a loved one because of someone’s negligence or carelessness will always be out-maneuvered by the insurance claims adjusters and their lawyers who are advising them behind the scenes. One must remember that to an insurance claims adjuster, even if the insurance company is your own, you are just a number. The adjuster’s job is to save his employer money. The adjuster saves his employer money by paying you as little as possible to settle your claim for your injuries or the death of a loved one.

If we cannot persuade the insurance company to be fair, then our only remedy is to file an action with the court asking that the court or a jury settle our differences for us. What most clients do not realize is that when an action is filed, under Missouri law, we have to bring it against the individual bad driver or other wrongdoer and not his insurance company. The law fears that if members of the jury are told that the defendant, that is the bad driver or other wrongdoer, is covered by insurance that the jury would be unfairly prejudiced in favor of the injured person. So, the fact that his insurance company covers the defendant’s negligent conduct cannot even be mentioned in court. The real fact is, however, that it is extremely unlikely that the case would ever be before a jury if there were not insurance to pay the judgment against the defendant.

Ensuring your medical bills are covered

Another problem that the client’s case encounters in court is that the jury will often assume, even though there is no evidence to support the assumption, that the injured person had health insurance, and that the health insurance has already paid the person’s medical bills. Often this is not the case, and even for those times when it is the case, the person’s health insurance carrier has notified the defendant’s insurance company that it has a lien against any settlement or judgment in the case for the repayment to it for any bills already paid. The problem is that the jury, not understanding how this works, is tempted not to take the injured person’s medical bills into account when arriving at a figure for the injured person’s harms and losses, thus arriving at a verdict that is manifestly unfair to the injured person and a boon to the defendant’s insurance company.

It takes a skilled and experienced attorney to overcome these obstacles through negotiations and through a jury trial if necessary. The attorneys at James Law Group have been holding insurance companies and corporations accountable for their duties to ordinary citizens for over 30 years. When you or someone you love has been seriously injured or killed by someone’s wrongful conduct, don’t let the corporation or insurance company shirk their responsibility. Such windfalls to corporations and insurance companies frequently result in the injured person, their family, and the American taxpayer shouldering the burden of the corporation or insurance company’s responsibility. Contact us today to start holding them accountable for their actions.

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Criminal Defense

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Protecting your rights and defending your interests

James Law Group defends citizens accused of crimes. When the government charges an individual with a criminal offense, it is able to bring the full power of the State, with all of its resources, to bear against the accused. There will be a highly educated, highly trained, and very skilled lawyer representing the State in an effort to convict the citizen. People who find themselves accused of a crime are at a serious disadvantage to the government who is prosecuting them. Representation by an experienced and capable attorney is the only way an individual can realistically protect themselves from injustice or persecution at the hands of the government.

The Founding Fathers of this country understood that the greatest threat to individual liberty was an over-reaching government. To protect us, they endowed us with fundamental rights. Most importantly, they gave us the right to be represented by an attorney and the right to a trial by a jury of our peers. The right to an attorney ensures that we can protect ourselves from illegal government actions and persecution at the hands of government agents by having someone trained in the law and the legal system protect our rights. The right to a trial by a jury of our peers ensures that citizens’ liberty will not be left in the hands of politicians by granting us the right to seek justice from our fellow citizens. This is where the power of government should rest.

If you or a loved one has been falsely accused of a crime or are being treated unjustly by the government, you need experienced and confident representation to protect your rights from government over-reaching. That means an attorney who is willing and able to present your case to a jury of your peers if the government officials refuse to handle the situation fairly. Our law firm has been protecting citizens from government over-reaching for over thirty years. We have the experience to seek justice for our clients at trial by jury when the government falsely accuses or treats our clients unjustly. Contact us today to discuss your situation and to learn more about our experience and your rights.

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FAQ

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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions about Car Accidents

Q: Can I recover even if the accident was my fault?

A: Whether you can recover if the accident was your fault depends on the laws of your state. Some states do not consider fault with regards to some damages, and in those states some of your economic losses may be paid by your own no-fault policy. Other states consider fault, but you may still be able to recover for your injuries, even if the accident was partially your fault. However, in that case, you may be required to prove that the other party’s fault was greater than yours or to reduce the amount of your compensation by your percentage of fault.

Q: Who can I sue to recover my damages?

A: In some cases, an accident victim may be able to sue parties other than the at-fault driver. For example, if the at-fault driver did not own the car, the car’s owner may also be liable for your damages. If the at-fault driver was impaired from consuming too much alcohol, you may be able to bring a “dram shop” complaint against a business that served alcohol to the driver even though he was visibly impaired. In some cases, you may be able to bring an action against another party, such as an automobile manufacturer or construction company, if a defect in the vehicle or the roadway caused the accident. If the accident involved a tractor-trailer, the driver’s violation of rules and regulations may be the basis for a lawsuit against the driver or his or her employer.

Q: What is my case worth?

A: The value of a case depends on a variety of factors and cannot be determined without analyzing information regarding the injury, medical bills, loss of income, and permanency of the injury. There is no rule of thumb, and each set of facts results in a different amount of damages.

Q: Will I have to go to court?

A: Not necessarily. Many motor vehicle accident cases are concluded without even filing a lawsuit. Most lawsuits are settled without an actual trial. A settlement avoids the costs and delay of a trial and may result in a greater net recovery. However, if the case cannot be settled on satisfactory terms, it may be necessary to try it in court.

Q: Where will the money come from to compensate me?

A: The at-fault party’s insurance typically pays for your damages in many states. If you are in a no-fault state, your own insurance may pay for some of your damages. If the at-fault party is not adequately insured, your own insurance policy may contain coverage that will compensate you for your injuries.

Q: How long will it take me to receive my money?

A: The length of time necessary to conclude your automobile accident injury case depends upon a number of factors. For example, if you received a serious injury, you do not want to settle your claim until you have received sufficient medical care so that either your physician has released you or your future medical expenses related to the accident can be determined with reasonable certainty. Therefore, the amount of time you need to heal may determine the length of time necessary to conclude your claim. The amount of time before you recover also depends on whether your case is settled or goes to trial.

Q: What should I do if I can’t afford an attorney?

A: Many law firms will agree to pursue a personal injury claim for a contingency fee, which means that the law firm’s fee is subtracted from any amount that the firm collects for you. If no amount is recovered, then the firm receives no fee, but the client is typically responsible for actual expenses, such as court filing fees or witness fees, whether he or she wins or loses.

Q: Do I have to see a doctor?

A: If you are injured in an automobile accident, you should seek medical attention. Whether or not you have a claim, you should be examined by a doctor, both for your own peace of mind and to document the injury in order to support your claim. Frequently, an automobile accident injury will not appear immediately. Whenever symptoms first appear, go to your family doctor, a hospital emergency room, or another medical professional to obtain medical help.

Q: How soon must I bring my claim?

A: Each state sets a time period during which a person must bring a personal injury claim. Both the length of that period and the way it is measured in motor vehicle accident cases varies from state to state. Even within a state, the time period may vary depending on the circumstances surrounding the accident, such as the plaintiff’s age, the type of personal injury claim, the particular facts giving rise to the injury, and when the injury is discovered. You must be absolutely certain that you know the time limitation period that applies to you, or you risk jeopardizing your legal rights.

Q: Should I accept a check from the at-fault driver or his or her insurance company?

A: Accepting a check may be construed as a settlement that prohibits you from obtaining any additional amounts from the at-fault driver or his or her insurance company. Therefore, you should not accept a check or sign a release from the at-fault driver or his or her insurance company until after you have conferred with an attorney. Typically, an attorney will encourage you to wait to accept a check until you have completed your medical treatment and have been released by a doctor, so you know you have received an amount that adequately covers your medical bills and other damages. An insurance adjuster may push you to settle the claim for the lowest possible amount and may discourage you from contacting an attorney. If so, you should ignore his or her advice, and consult an attorney immediately before accepting any payment, signing any release, or otherwise settling your claim to insure that you are receiving fair compensation and not jeopardizing your right to a full and fair recovery.

Frequently Asked Questions about Drug Charges

Q: What does a “grand jury” do in a drug case?

A: A grand jury is a group of people called together by the prosecutor to gather information about suspected criminal activity by listening to testimony from witnesses and examining documents and other evidence. At the end of the proceeding, the grand jury decides whether there is enough evidence to put the defendant on trial for the drug charges. Grand juries are more likely to be convened in connection with more serious and complicated drug crimes, like conducting a drug-related criminal enterprise.

Q: How does the prosecutor decide which drug cases to pursue?

A: The first thing the prosecutor looks for is a legally sound case, or one without any obvious defects that will get it thrown out of court, such as violations of the defendant’s constitutional rights or destruction of evidence crucial to the defense. The prosecutor next decides if there is enough evidence, with regard to both the quantity and the quality thereof, to make conviction probable. Finally, the prosecutor decides if prosecuting the case fits in with the office’s policy objectives, or whether a more informal disposition, like drug counseling or treatment, may be in order.

Q: Can a defendant plea bargain in a drug case?

A: Plea bargaining, which involves negotiating with the prosecutor to get the charges reduced and the punishment minimized, is allowed in drug-offense cases. For example, a person charged with three separate drug charges-possession, possession for sale, and transportation of drugs-may be able to negotiate the charge down to simple possession in exchange for an agreement to plead guilty to that charge. The prosecutor agrees to plea bargains in appropriate cases because the government simply does not have adequate resources to try every case, so both sides benefit from the bargain.

Q: What defenses can be raised in drug cases?

A: The most common defense raised in drug cases is to challenge the search and seizure that resulted in the police finding the drugs. If the police violated the defendant’s Fourth Amendment search and seizure rights, the court will suppress, or throw out, the drugs as evidence. The prosecution will then have far less evidence to prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt and the case could even be dismissed.

Q: Can a defendant be acquitted if he or she was on drugs when the crime was committed?

A: Defendants who commit crimes under the influence of drugs sometimes argue that their mental functioning was so impaired that they should not be held accountable for their conduct. Generally, however, voluntary impairment does not excuse criminal conduct, since people know or should know that drugs affect mental functioning, and they should therefore be held legally responsible if they commit crimes as a result of their voluntary use. An exception to this rule may exist in cases involving a crime that requires “specific intent,” in which the offender must have intended the precise result that occurred but arguably could not have formed that intent in his or her drugged state.

Q: What is the difference between parole and probation?

A: Parole and probation are employed in the punishment phase of the criminal justice process. Parole comes into play after a person has been imprisoned and is released subject to supervision by an officer of the court. Probation, by contrast, refers to a criminal sentence separate and distinct from incarceration. Probation is the most frequent sentence imposed for less serious or first offenses and typically involves releasing the convicted offender into the community subject to a list of terms and conditions. Both parole and probation may include additional conditions, like attending drug education classes or receiving drug treatment.

Q: Are children charged with committing drug-related crimes prosecuted in the same manner as adults?

A: Children are subject to a separate judicial system called the juvenile court system. Generally, the focus of the juvenile court system is more on rehabilitation than on punishment. In some cases, however, older juveniles who commit more serious crimes will be charged as adults and tried in the regular criminal courts. In such cases, their sentence, too, will be more in accord with adult punishment, whereas in juvenile court any incarceration is usually in a more rehabilitative setting and generally ends when the juvenile attains the age of majority.

Q: Do I need a lawyer to represent me even if I am innocent?

A: Every criminal defendant needs an attorney. Innocent defendants are perhaps in even greater need of zealous representation throughout the criminal process to ensure that their rights are protected and that the truth prevails. Even innocent people end up in jail, so the best way to prevent that miscarriage of justice is to employ the services of a seasoned veteran of criminal defense law, particularly one with experience defending against drug charges.

Q: If I simply intend to plead guilty, why do I need a lawyer?

A: Even if you are guilty of the drug crime with which you are charged, it is imperative that you seek the advice of experienced counsel so that you can minimize your sentence and maximize your opportunities to move ahead toward a brighter future. Criminal defense attorneys are needed to equalize the balance of power between the defendant and the prosecution and to ensure that the constitutional rights that are guaranteed to all criminal defendants, whether guilty or not, are preserved.

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