• Personal Injury

    Have you or a loved one been injured or killed because of someone else's fault? We have litigated personal injury cases for 35+ years and have the highest rating for legal ability and ethical standards. Contact us now and click here to learn more about our successful personal injury practice.

  • Wrongful Death

    Wrongful death is when a person or company causes the tragic death of a loved one. Our attorneys can help if you have lost someone. Money can never replace what was lost, but it may provide security and help prevent future tragedies caused by dangerous companies and individuals. We have offices in Joplin and Carthage and can handle cases anywhere, anytime: Springfield, Kansas City, Columbia, Jefferson City, Rolla, etc. Contact us now and click here to learn more about BWO's wrongful death practice.

  • Medical Malpractice

    We pride ourselves on being strong and successful patient advocates for those who have been injured or killed because of medical error. The prestigious Journal of Patient Safety recently reported that as many as 440,000 people die every year from unnecessary medical mistakes. Although many doctors try their best, they are like everyone else and sometimes make mistakes. When mistakes happen, let BWO's expert patient advocates help you. Contact us now and click here to learn more about our substantial medical malpractice experience.

  • Automobile & Trucking Accidents

    Roadway crashes seriously injure and kill victims every day. If you or a love one has been involved in a car or truck accident, contact the lawyers at BWO today! We have 35+ years of experience to help you get the best result possible.

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  • Work Place Injuries

    Have you been hurt on the job? If so, you are at the right place because we can help. We are one of the leading Workers' Compensation law firms in the area. We have seen virtually every type of injury there is in our 35+ years of representing hurt workers. Plus, we have the highest rating for legal ability and ethical standards. We know the law and will work hard to ensure you get the best results possible. Contact us now and click here for more information about work place injuries.

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  • Family Law & Divorce

    When you need assistance in the area of family law and divorce, the first thing you should do is call BWO because we can help. We have 35+ years of experience. Our trial attorneys have fought for our clients in almost every courthouse in front of every judge in Southwest Missouri. Contact BWO now and click here to learn more about our law firm's family law and divorce practice area.

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  • Criminal Law

    Buchanan, Williams, & O' Brien has a strong and well-deserved reputation of fighting for the rights of our criminal law clients. We have attorneys that understand the system and know what needs to be done to make sure our client's rights are protected. We have handled all types of criminal law cases and we can help you. Contact us now and click here to learn more about BWO's criminal law practice.

  • "Fairness is what justice really is."- Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart

Criminal Law & Other Violations

Our criminal law attorneys have the experience, expertise, and resources to protect your rights.

If you are arrested or charged with a crime, it is important that you know your rights. If you are taken in for questioning, or interrogated by the police, you should request an attorney. Even if you did nothing wrong and are innocent of the crime being investigated, you should have an attorney present to make sure your rights are protected.

Do Not Speak with Anyone without Consulting an Attorney.

Innocent people do go to jail. Always remember that police and investigators are out to solve a crime. If they believe you are a potential suspect, they may attempt to obtain incriminating evidence from you. Anything you say WILL BE used against you. An experienced criminal defense attorney can protect your rights and advise you to answer or refrain from answering questions.

Search and Seizure Issues.

Search warrants must be specific in their authority, and the police are bound by the limit of a search warrant in most cases. If you receive a search warrant, we can help ensure that it is properly executed. In some instances, police can perform searches without a search warrant; however, they typically must have just cause. If you have had incriminating evidence seized from your person or property, you should engage an experienced criminal law defense attorney to protect your constitutional rights against illegal searches and seizures.

The Criminal Process.

Typically, you will be charged with a crime by a direct complaint or indictment. The next step will either be a preliminary hearing or an arraignment. In most cases, there will be other pre trial hearings to determine various issues, including evidentiary hearings, motion hearings, etc. Those are usually followed by a criminal trial. In some cases, there may be an appeal after the trial.

Plea versus Trial.

The decision to go to trial or plea is based on many factors, predominately the evidence against you and the offer being made by the prosecution. We can help you make the ultimate decision regarding a plea offer or proceeding to trial by explaining to you the risks and benefits of either decision, and proceed according to your informed decision.

For more information about your rights, contact us today at 417-781-8280 or toll free at 800-371-8220. You can also email us anytime.