State of Missouri v. Class E Felony DWI Client
Client hired me to represent her for a Class E Felony DWI case in St. Louis County, Missouri. She’d previously served her administrative suspension for her driving privileges before hiring me, so there was no companion civil case. Client was arrested and charged as a Persistent DWI Offender, a class E Felony and faced up to 4 years in prison, and revocation of her driver's license if she were convicted. We immediately set it for a Preliminary Hearing to force the State to show it had probable cause for the arrest. Outcome: We won. After the State’s witness failed to show for two court dates in a row, I moved for an immediate dismissal which the Court granted.
Outcome: Won the Criminal case.
Hit in Rear End Car Accident While Pregnant with Twins
Client was rear-ended on I-270 in St. Louis County, Missouri, while 8-months pregnant with twins. After she finished her treatments my office made sure to explore all possible theories of recovery, gathered all of the necessary medical records and billing statements, and negotiated with medical providers and union insurance representatives. In the end, we were able to get my client a substantial settlement that she and her family are very happy with.
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Pregnancy Based Employment Discrimination
Client was a single, pregnant mother working in a manufacturer facility as an assembly line worker. Employee was visibly pregnant and assigned to work a task that involved repetitious lifting of heavy, packed boxes of product. When the client informed the supervisor that she would be incapable of performing this job due to her pregnancy and requested a lighter job she was belittled and humiliated in front of her coworkers for being pregnant and useless to the supervisor. After procuring a Right to Sue Letter, our firm filed suit and a mediation was soon after scheduled. At the mediation, our lawyers were able to win a sizable settlement for our client that fully compensated her for her lost wages and for the pain and suffering she endured as a result of her supervisor's egregious behavior.
Outcome: Won the Client a Sizable Settlement
State of Missouri v. Sexual Assault Criminal Client
Felony Sexual Assault criminal case. Client was falsely accused of forcible rape by a jilted ex which led to an arrest and being charged with Sexual Assault, a class C Felony and faced up to 7 years in prison. As a result, my client lost a longtime job. The State's only offered plea agreement was for my client to serve 3 years in prison.
Outcome: State voluntarily dismissed the case by entering an order of Nolle Prosequi. After completing a thorough investigation of the State's case and witness I was able to convince the State of the weaknesses in their case and they offered a polygraph examination of my client. My client agreed and passed the exam with flying colors resulting in the State's dismissal of the charge.
State of Missouri v. Felony DWI Client
Felony DWI & Driving While Revoked criminal cases. Client was arrested and charged as a Habitual DWI Offender, a class B Felony and faced 5-15 years in prison, and the class D Felony of Driving While Revoked facing up to 4 years in prison for that charge. The State's only offered plea agreement was for my client to serve 7 years in prison with the opportunity to be released after serving 120 days so we set it for a Preliminary Hearing.
Outcome: Won on both counts. After a thorough cross-examination of the reporting officer and the arresting officer, the State was unable to prove its case on either count resulting in the Court's dismissal of both counts against my client. The State chose not to refile charges.
Second DWI Client v. Director of Revenue – Refusal Case
Client’s second DWI Refusal case. Client was facing a One Year Revocation of his driving Privileges. Anthony Bretz argued zealously on the Client’s behalf while negotiating with the DOR’s attorney. Concurrently with negotiations, Anthony Bretz prepared for trial, subpoenaed the arresting officer, and strengthened Client’s case.
Outcome: Procured a Confession of Client’s Petition for Review (PFR), rare on 2nd Refusal cases. Client wound up not losing his Driving Privileges for a single day. Client was extremely satisfied.
State of Missouri v. Class C Felony DWI Client
Client was arrested and charged as a Chronic DWI Offender, a class C Felony and faced 3-10 years in prison. This was the client's Fifth DWI. Anthony Bretz immediately set it for a Preliminary Hearing.
Outcome: After the State's witnesses failed to show up at numerous Preliminary Hearing settings, Anthony Bretz moved for a Dismissal for Failure to Prosecute which the Court granted. Client was released from his bond conditions and very happy
Fifth DWI Client v. Director of Revenue
Client’s Fifth DWI case. Client refused to submit to a Breathalyzer. Client was facing a Lifetime Revocation of his driving Privileges. Anthony Bretz immediately set the matter for Trial. After Preparing for trial, including serving a subpoena on the arresting officer, Anthony Bretz delivered a vigorous cross-examination of the officer on the stand. During the cross-examination, the officer's testimony showed that the client was not permitted to contact a lawyer when he clearly requested to do so.
Outcome: Procured a victory in court for Client and prevented Client from losing his driving privileges for life. Client was extremely satisfied.
State of Missouri v. Felony DWI Client
Felony DWI criminal and Breathalyzer Refusal civil cases. Client was arrested and charged as a Persistent DWI Offender, a class D Felony and faced up to 4 years in prison, and revocation of his driver's license. The State's only offered plea agreement was for my client to serve 3 years in prison with the opportunity to be released after serving 120 days so we set it for a Preliminary Hearing. In the Refusal case the DOR would not grant our client a Confession due to a previous refusal on his driving record so I set it for trial. Outcome: Won both cases. After showing the State it could not prove the prior DWI's, and with no evidence to prove probable cause, the criminal matter was dismissed at the Associate level. In the Refusal case, after a thorough direct examination of the arresting police officer the police report was thrown out for being unreliable and inconsistent and the Court ordered the reinstatement of my client's driving privileges.
Outcome: Won both Criminal & Civil cases
Pregnancy Based Employment Discrimination
Client was a married, pregnant mother working as a teacher. Employee missed several workdays due to pregnancy related doctors appointments. Employee was eventually forced to resign due to her absences. After meeting with us and discussing the employee's situation, we helped employee craft a carefully worded complaint for filing with the EEOC and Missouri Commission on Human Rights. At an EEOC early stage mediation, our lawyers were able to win a sizable settlement for our client that fully compensated her for her lost wages and for the pain and suffering she endured as a result of her supervisor's egregious behavior.
Outcome: Won the Client a Very Sizable Settlement
Breach of Contract
Clients were a married couple who entered into a contract with an early childhood education daycare facility for a school year to begin on certain date. Per the contract, clients paid the entire year's tuition upfront at the time they entered the contract. Before the scheduled school year began our clients began receiving monthly correspondence from the school stating the beginning of the school year would be delayed. After receiving several such notices from the school, it became clear that their child's school would not be ready until halfway through the second semester, causing my clients to sign their child up at another area early childhood education daycare facility. When my clients asked for a refund of their initial deposit and prepayment of the school year tuition, they were informed that the contract they signed said absolutely no refunds. After meeting with our lawyers, we immediately issued a demand letter to the school and when that went unanswered we filed a Petition in Circuit Court for Breach of Contract. Prior to a trial in the matter, the opposing side agreed to refund the entire deposit and prepayment of the school year tuition to our clients, making them whole again.
Outcome: Negotiated a favorable Settlement in favor of my clients, making them whole again.
Disability Discrimination Under the Americans with Disability Act
Client is a disabled individual who worked for a national big name store. Employee suffered multiple injuries and missed several workdays because of this. Employee was eventually forced to sit in an office all day and listen to a higher up lecture him on how much money employees cost them when they are injured on the job, going so far as to try and guilt my client into not reporting injuries at all. The next day my client was terminated. After meeting with us and discussing the employee's situation, we helped him craft a carefully worded complaint for filing with the EEOC and Missouri Commission on Human Rights. Eventually we had to file a lawsuit on behalf of our client, but in the end we were able to bring the other side to the negotiating table and win a sizable settlement for our client that fully compensated him for his lost wages and for the pain and suffering he endured as a result of not only his supervisor's bad behavior but also for being unemployed for an extended period of time.
Outcome: Won the Client a Very Sizable Settlement.